FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF JUNE 27, 2010


Padron Chile Peppers from Suzie’s Farm!! The pepper’s cultivating origins lay in Herbón, whose monastery was where Franciscans apparently first tried growing the pepper seeds they’d brought back from the New World in the 18th century.
At the going rate, pimientos de padron are not an everyday vegetable. They are at a laborious disadvantage. The peppers are so small (about 80-100 per pound) that it takes two people almost two days to pick 300 pounds.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUMMER CROPS:

Amaranth, Arugula, Hass, Lamb Hass and Reed Avocados, Apricots, Asian Pears, Bay leaves, Shelling Beans, Berries, Cherries, Chickpeas, Citrus: Lemons, Limes, Valencia Oranges, Corn, Cucumbers, Red Currants, Edamame, Eggplants, Figs, Grapes, Grape Leaves, Herbs; basil, fennel, lemon verbena, sumer savory, Lamb’s Quarter, Leeks, Mangoes, Nectarines, Okra, Maui and Walla Walla-type Onions, Passion Fruits, Peaches, Peanuts, Peppers, Plums, New Potatoes, Purlsane, Radicchio, Shallots, Snap beans, Bloomsdale Spinach, Squash Blossoms, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes!!!
If it’s not in season, what’s the reason?…
NO MORE CAMAROSA STRAWBERRIES, KUMQUATS, BABY CARROTS, CARA CARA ORANGES OR SNAP PEAS. PINK LEMONS ARE HERE (J.J.’S LONE DAUGHTER RANCH). RED FRILL MUSTARD IS BACK (COLEMAN FARMS). SCHANER HEN EGGS ARE AVAILABLE BY THE DOZEN. NEW POTATO CROPS ARE COMING IN (WEISER FAMILY FARMS). ALSO, FIRST HARVEST OF FIGS HAVE ARRIVED – BOTH GREEN (POLITO FARMS) AND BLACK MISSION (PUDWILL FARMS).  COASTAL ORGANICS HAS THEIR FIRST CHERRY TOMATOES, INCLUDING THE OH SO DELICIOUS “SUNGOLD” VARIETY!!!!!!!!!

***JAIME FARMS HAS BEAUTIFUL HEIRLOOM TOMATOES***

***GLORIA TAMAI WHITE CORN IS IN FULL ABUNDANCE!!!! PUT IT ON THE MENU NOW***

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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: JUNE 21, 2010

SUMMER SOLSTICE

The sun stands still.  This is the moment in which the sun’s path comes to a pause prior to its reversal of direction.  For us summer lovers, it is the longest day of the year.  The food that thrives from the sun’s warm embrace will excite in the extra shower of Vitamin D bestowed upon them…tomatoes, chiles, corn, melons, squashes, stone fruits, avocados, cucumbers…all basking in the extra light and heat the sun provides.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUMMER CROPS:

Amaranth, Arugula, Hass, Lamb Hass and Reed Avocados, Apricots, Asian Pears, Bay leaves, Shelling Beans, Berries, Cherries, Chickpeas, Citrus: Lemons, Limes, Valencia Oranges, Corn, Cucumbers, Red Currants, Edamame, Eggplants, Figs, Grapes, Grape Leaves, Herbs; basil, fennel, lemon verbena, sumer savory, Lamb’s Quarter, Leeks, Mangoes, Nectarines, Okra, Maui and Walla Walla-type Onions, Passion Fruits, Peaches, Peanuts, Peppers, Plums, New Potatoes, Purlsane, Radicchio, Shallots, Snap beans, Bloomsdale Spinach, Squash Blossoms, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes!!!
If it’s not in season, what’s the reason?…
NO MORE BABY CARROTS, CARA CARA ORANGES OR SNAP PEAS. PINK LEMONS ARE HERE (J.J.’S LONE DAUGHTER RANCH). RED FRILL MUSTARD IS BACK (COLEMAN FARMS). SCHANER HEN EGGS ARE AVAILABLE BY THE DOZEN. NEW POTATO CROPS ARE COMING IN (WEISER FAMILY FARMS). ALSO, FIRST HARVEST OF FIGS HAVE ARRIVED – BOTH GREEN (POLITO FARMS) AND BLACK MISSION (PUDWILL FARMS).  COASTAL ORGANICS HAS THEIR FIRST CHERRY TOMATOES, INCLUDING THE OH SO DELICIOUS “SUNGOLD” VARIETY!!!!!!!!!

***JAIME FARMS HAS BEAUTIFUL HEIRLOOM TOMATOES***

***GLORIA TAMAI WHITE CORN IS IN FULL ABUNDANCE!!!! PUT IT ON THE MENU NOW***

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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF JUNE 13, 2010


FARMERS MARKET: WHERE MAKER AND EATER UNITE

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:
Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs:  Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress
LAST WEEK OF CARA CARA ORANGES. PINK LEMONS ARE HERE (J.J.’S LONE DAUGHTER RANCH). RED FRILL MUSTARD IS BACK (COLEMAN FARMS). SCHANER HEN EGGS ARE AVAILABLE BY THE DOZEN. NEW POTATO CROPS ARE COMING IN (WEISER FAMILY FARMS).
***GLORIA TAMAI WHITE CORN IS IN FULL ABUNDANCE!!!! PUT IT ON THE MENU NOW***

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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF JUNE 6, 2010



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:
Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs:  Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress
***GLORIA TAMAI WHITE CORN IS IN FULL ABUNDANCE!!!! PUT IT ON THE MENU NOW***

***FITZGERALD PEACHES AND APRIUMS ARE RIPE AND BEING HARVESTED!!!***




CHERRIES
Murray Family Farms are harvesting Brooks Cherries: a perfect cherry, sweet and simply delicious.  Don’t hesitate, for the season is brief!
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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF MEMORIAL DAY, 2010



Luna Oysters: LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE!!!!!!!! CARLSBAD AQUAFARM

It is officially Sustainable Seafood Week in San Diego!! Hopefully this week marks the greater awakening of a needed era in our relationship with the ocean’s edible populations.  67% of the seafood that America consumes is via restaurants. As chefs we hold the great responsibility to be responsible for the seafood we serve to our guests.  How does this pertain to a farmers market report?  We do not just find produce at the farmers market:  there are cheese makers, cattle ranchers, egg producers, chicken growers and seafood mongers AKA fishmongers.  Fishmongers are our great connection to the ocean.  Just as global food distribution and our taste for seafood have increased tenfold over the past few decades, fishmongers have become a dying breed, a metaphor for what is left in the ocean and where our conventional collective consciousness lies.  Food has become a forefront topic in the 21st century in a way that we have never quite seen in our lifetimes.  Farmers markets are increasing in size, awareness and they are contributing to our regular source for food.  We have decided we want to know where our food comes from.  We want to meet the farmers and shake their hands.  We trust them to grow food for our restaurant guests, our friends and families.  That same connection to the farmer in the field should translate to the fishermen in the ocean, lakes and rivers.  Where does your seafood come from? Who is fishing the seafood that you are putting onto the plate?  Do you trust him? When was the last time you shook your fishmonger’s hand?

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/fish/

watch these videos:

What does sustainable seafood mean to you? by Specialty Produce

How I fell in love with a fish (Dan Barber)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:

Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cardones, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs:  Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress
***GLORIA TAMAI WHITE CORN IS IN FULL ABUNDANCE!!!! PUT IT ON THE MENU NOW***
***FITZGERALD PEACHES AND APRIUMS ARE RIPE AND BEING HARVESTED!!!***
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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF MAY 23, 2010



CHERRIES
Murray Family Farms and Barbagaleta are harvesting Brooks Cherries this week, sweet and simply delicious.  Don’t hesitate, for the season is brief!

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:

Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cardones, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs:  Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Ramps, Rapini, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress

THE FARMS:

SUZIE’S FARM:
“The real deal is this: these are our products. You know me. I’ll shake your hand. I’ll give you a hug and a smile and my ear. You know our integrity. We aren’t hiding anything. You can talk to us anytime. You can visit the farm. You know our values. Our dreams. Our goals. You can call me out, right or wrong, and I’ll take it and try to make it better. I’m not perfect, but I’m doing my best. I like you. I want to help you. I think what you are doing is cool. Maybe you think what we are doing is cool. Let’s do something cool together and show it to some other cool people…” Lucila De Alejandro (co-owner of Suzie’s Farm) on building relationships with chefs and the culinary community


Local, organic, sustainable real people growing really good real food just out our backdoor (11 miles south of downtown, just west of I-5).  Owners and operators, Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro are passionate risk-taking farmers on a mission to provide an abundance of beautiful produce in harmony with the land and Mother Nature.  They seek out unique varieties of well, just about everything.  Currently they have 13,000 tomato plants in the ground,  several varieties of shelling beans, radishes, spinach, sweet and hot peppers, summer squash varieties, peas, lettuces, red okra and so much more! The current harvest includes:

Summer Squash Mix:

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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF MAY 16, 2010

LOCAVORE

By definition, a locavore is somebody who eats food grown, produced and harvested locally, within a certain radius, whether it be 50, 100 or 150 miles.  Locavores support local sustainable farming practices and are proponents of the local food movement.  This is a collaborative effort to build locally based, self-reliant food economies.  Sustainable food production and distribution is supported by its near immediate consumption and this enhances our economic, environmental and social sustainability.
Locavores are putting their money where their mouthes are at farmers markets and in CSA programs as well as in restaurants that are featuring local farmers fare on their menus.  They are a growing conscious group of people that have are making decisions that are supporting local foodways, farming tradition, indigenous knowledge and agricultural practices , and potentially endangered crop landraces. Their growing movement has even manifested itself into our technological airwaves.
For those who would like an immediate pulse on what is in-season right now and where – a pocket-like guide – there is an amazing iPhone and iPad application called Locavore.

It is also available via iTunes.  For those without an iPhone or iPad, yet plenty savvy enough for social media, well, there is a Facebook application too!
So what’s so special about the Locavore app?  Locavore can tell you what is in season at the exact moment that you open up the application.  It lists fruits and vegetables that are harvested throughout the year and you can scroll down the list, choose a fruit such as kumquats and it will reveal a map and on the map California and Florida are highlighted.  Florida’s season is for two more weeks and California for one more month.  For a chef, menu-planning just got safer.  If you want to do some menu planning based on seasonal projecting, Locavore will also tell you when Figs will be in season, where and for how long. Now we all know nothing is bullet-proof and Mother Nature will ultimately decide, but Locavore is an incredible tool to really answer your what’s-in-season-now-or-later questions effortlessly and on a moment’s notice.   For those of you who have the ability to harness this incredible tool, I recommend you do so.
Speaking of what’s in season now!!!!!!
CHERRIES (for about a month or less)
Murray Family Farms and Barbagaleta have their first and second pickings of Brooks Cherries this week, sweeter than last and perfectly mildly sweet and delicious.  Don’t hesitate, for the season is brief!

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:

Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cardones, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs:  Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Ramps, Rapini, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress

NEW FARM!!!! SUZIE’S FARM:

Local, organic, sustainable real people growing really good real food just out our backdoor (11 miles south of downtown, just west of I-5).  Owners and operators, Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro are passionate risk-taking farmers on a mission to provide an abundance of beautiful produce in harmony with the land and Mother Nature.  They seek out unique varieties of well, just about everything.  Currently they have 13,000 tomato plants in the ground,  several varieties of shelling beans, radishes, spinach, sweet and hot peppers, summer squash varieties, peas, lettuces, red okra and so much more! The current harvest includes:
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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF MAY 9, 2010

FARMERS MARKET: THE IDEA

If we thought about the idea of the farmers market as much as the physicality of it, I believe the concept would grow deeper in meaning.  Buying from your local farmers is just as important as shopping at the farmers market.  As much as we identify our farms under the farmers market umbrella, we equally identify them as our local farmers.  I say this because several of the farms that we work with to bring to your restaurant work in the community but not necessarily at the farmers market.  The idea of the farmers market is about paying a farmer a fair share for what their produce is worth.  No big brokering, no factory farming or subsidies, just local small sustainable farms exchanging in a greater honest commerce.  These farmers are risk-takers, entrepreneurs, agents of the land, they are the past and the future of food.   The idea of the farmers market celebrates and rewards farmers far greater than many other outlets.  It brings the sense of community into perspective.  Let’s put the idea of the farmers market, too into perspective.   Without it, would we be converging upon a renewed and  inspired desire to be closer to our food?  Would we be advocating for farmers that were once, invisible to us, but now are honored as the integral part of our community? Food and farming equal food security and farmers markets equal food community.  A community on the rise…
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:
Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cardones, Carrots, Cherimoyas, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs:  Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Ramps, Rapini, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress

NEW FARM!!!! SUZIE’S FARM:

Local, organic, sustainable real people growing really good real food just out our backdoor.  Owners and operators, Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro are passionate risk-taking farmers on a mission to provide an abundance of beautiful produce in harmony with the land and Mother Nature.  They seek out unique varieties of well, just about everything.  Currently they have 13,000 tomato plants in the ground,  several varieties of shelling beans, radishes, spinach, sweet and hot peppers, summer squash varieties, peas, lettuces, red okra and so much more! The current harvest includes:
Italian Rustic Arugula
Pungent, lively, earthyt and peppery, Rustic Arugula is a thinner, wilder arugula featuring fine, deeply-indented dark green leaves which resist bolting in heat.  You can also get arugula flowers right now too!

Camarosa Strawberries Firm wedge-shaped fruit that has deep red color, intense vibrant flavor with a balance of acid and sweetness.

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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF MAY 2, 2010

SUZIE’S FARM!

Local, organic, sustainable real people growing really good real food just out our backdoor.  Owners and operators, Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro are passionate risk-taking farmers on a mission to provide an abundance of beautiful produce in harmony with the land and Mother Nature.  They seek out unique varieties of well, just about everything.  Currently they have 13,000 tomato plants in the ground,  several varieties of shelling beans, radishes, spinach, sweet and hot peppers, summer squash varieties, peas, lettuces, red okra and so much more! The current harvest includes:
Italian Rustic Arugula
Pungent, lively, earthyt and peppery, Rustic Arugula is a thinner, wilder arugula featuring fine, deeply-indented dark green leaves which resist bolting in heat.  You can also get arugula flowers right now too!

Camarosa Strawberries Firm wedge-shaped fruit that has deep red color, intense vibrant flavor with a balance of acid and sweetness.

Chioggia Beets
An Italian heirloom variety that is pink on the outside with candy stripes circulating throughout the inside. The beet’s flavor is sweet and earthy.

Gold Beets A beautiful pale orange exterior encases a golden-orange, juicy-crisp flesh. Its smooth skinned (up to 4″) globes are topped with light green leaves.

Fennel You think all fennel tastes the same? This variety of fennel has a milder licorice flavor than most. When raw it has a crispy crunch and once cooked it offers a mild, sweet (almost caramel-like) smooth taste.

Black Radishes!  A hardy Spanish variety with an off-black thin skin and a crisp peppery transclucent white flesh.

Pea Tendrils

Red Orach Spinach

Macho Squash Blossoms These monster blossoms come from the heirloom Romanesco Summer Squash variety; they have hearty stems which allows them a greater shelf-life than most varieties.

Also harvesting:
Red Frill Mustard, Mustard Flowers, Lecano Kale, Swiss Chard, Red Leaf and red Romain Lettuce, Mixed Colored Radishes, Spring Onions, Savoyed Spinach, Heirloom Romanesco Zucchini, Broccoli Flowers and beautiful Watermelon Radishes:
A radish with a wow effect: white round roots up to 4″ in diamerter with pale green highlighted skin reveal an incredible rose red variegated interior. Sweet and mild radish flavor.

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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF APRIL 25, 2010

CITRUS ABUNDANCE


Cara Cara Oranges – J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch
Seasons/Availability
These particular Cara Cara’s are peaking right now!!!
Description/Taste
The Cara Cara is a type of navel orange with a deep pink almost red flesh offering a sweet hybrid of sweet tangerine and subtle grapefruit flavors. The fruit varies in size from small, medium, and large.
Ethnic/Cultural Info
An old variety, the Brazilian type of navel orange is properly called “Bahia.” The name orange actually refers to the fruit’s scent, not its color. The word comes from the Sanskrit word “naranga”, which comes from the Tamil word “naru”, meaning fragrant.
Current Facts
Cara Cara Oranges contain lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes that is the most powerful carotenoid quencher of singlet oxygen.

Local Oro Blanco Grapefruit
Grower
Polito Family Farms
Seasons/Availability
Peak season is early Spring through June.
Description/Taste
Oro Blanco grapefruit is characteristically thick skinned and white-fleshed. A popular nearly seedless grapefruit hybrid with white flesh is produced from huge fragrant blossoms and large glossy-green foliage. As with many white fruits, the Oro Blanco’s flesh is sweet and lacks any of the typical bitterness of a grapefruit.
Geography/History
A cross between a Duncan white grapefruit and a pummelo, the Oro Blanco was developed by the University of California in Riverside, California. This great grapefruit variety is very sweet even when grown in coastal areas having low summer heat. Specifically developed to be produced in a colder climate, grapefruits were typically only cultivated in warm regions. Oro Blanco grapefruits are also known as Sweetie, which are the grapefruits imported from Israel.  Naming its grapefruits “Doublesweet”, Polito Family Farms in California makes certain its grapefruits fully mature on the tree to assure a sweeter flavor.

Local Star Ruby Grapefruit
Grower
Garcia Organic Farms
Description/Taste
Prized for its beautiful deep red color and exceptional flavor, the nearly smooth skin of the Star Ruby grapefruit has a characteristic dark pink pretty blush. Containing few seeds, inside is an intensely deep rich red flesh that delivers a delicious sweet-tart flavor. The redder the flesh, the sweeter the taste.
Ethnic/Cultural Info
The grapefruit is believed to have been first discovered in Barbados during the 1750’s as a mutation of the pummelo. Evidence has confirmed that grapefruit is a hybrid of a pummelo and the sweet orange. In the 1800’s, a Jamaican farmer called the fruit “grapefruit” for the grapelike cluster in which it grows on the tree.
Blood Oranges


Lee, Honey Sweet and Clementine Mandarins, Oro Blanco Grapefruits, Meyer Lemons, Sorrento Lemons, and Nagami Kumquats!

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