I love visiting farmers' markets. I hate to say it, but sometimes our local farmers' markets in Houston aren't quite up to snuff. While I appreciate the availability of such things as organic produce, really, what excites me about such markets are the discovery of new kinds of produce, ideas, and things that simply cannot or will not be carried in regular markets due to cost or handling concerns.
So, on my recent trip to Southern California, I had the chance to visit the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. More accurately, the Pico location for the Saturday market.
I may not have recognized her right away, but the voice was unmistakable - this is Laura Avery, host of The Market Report, on the radio show and podcast, Good Food.
Some long leeks.
I counted at least six different varieties of strawberries on sale. I didn't even know that there were that many. I got to taste three, and they did taste quite different from each other.
Green garlic, which is essentially very young garlic. Seasonal, a spring time treat.
Carrots were available in a myriad of colors.
As was Swiss chard, one of my favorite leafy greens.