We've turned the page down at market from the spring chapter into the lush tale of summer.
The seasonal market story is a picture book for us all to enjoy. Full page illustrations of fresh kale from Natalie's Garden and Greenhouse (pictured) to delight your eyes and the dinner plate.
The summer characters are vibrant and deliciously engaging too. There's sugar snap pea mountain, found at the Yang Family Produce booth. It's always ready to please with that perfect blend of sweet and crisp.
The sweetheart of the early summer story, the strawberry, is making its way around the market this time of year as well, though with its popularity, we recommend coming early if you wish to catch this character.
This weekend our story will feature a mystery knight, the illusive fresh duck from Bryant Family Farms, appearing in whole bird, leg quarters, bone-in breasts and wings.
And what tale would be complete without a beauty, ours is the...
Early June is always a great time down at the market as we see the arrival of many early summer favorites.
This past weekend we were treated to the first strawberries of the season, in from Flyte Family Farm and Emerald Meadows Family Farm.
Peas also made their year debut, with sugar snap peas over at Shoua Vang's booth and fresh snow peas and shell peas from Don's Produce.
Garlic scapes were another tasty new addition this weekend, such as those pictured here from Ka Vang Thao. Scapes, the flowering shoots of garlic, are great in stir-fries or blended up for a spicy pesto.
Early season broccoli from JenEhr Family Farm was one more bonus this past weekend, and we hear there's more to come this Saturday too.
While it was a week of many firsts, it was also the last week Kopke's Greenhouse will be joining us for the 2020 season. We'll miss them and their great array of plants and look forward to seeing them...
Butterkase, Smoked Butterkase & Muenster
cheeses from Forgotten Valley Cheese
No Slowing Summer Down
The phrase "make hay while the sun shines" couldn't have been more true this week for several of our farmers, as the first cutting of the season took place with the nice warm summer weather we've been experiencing. Check out this video from Dreamfarm to see the process in action.
The pressing need to get the work done is felt by many right now, maybe more so than ever. Whether it's the yard overhaul you've waited all winter to start or the fundraiser you're organizing to help your neighbors, we have to jump at the project when the timing is right.
When you're talking farmers' markets, we know this is always the case. If you're looking to make up a batch of pickled asparagus, you have to get on it when it's ripe and ready from produce vendors such as Black Earth Valley and Yang Family Produce. It will be the case in the next few weeks, as we see strawberries start coming into...
New burrito size tortillas from Tortillas Los Angeles
Resetting the Table
For this week we're pressing pause on our normal narrative describing the great things to find at market. On a typical week we'd elaborate on all the amazing things market brings to the table. This week though, our reflections have altered.
We're asking ourselves: Is there a seat at the table for everyone? How about enough food? Equal portions? The expressions of pain and anger we've seen this last week over the deeply rooted racial injustices in this country answer those questions for us. The table is not serving the same meal for all eaters.
Acknowledging that can be uncomfortable for us as it means we must accept that reality isn't matching up to our ideals as Americans. It's crucial that we do experience that discomfort though. We can't fix the table without accepting the fact that it's been set wrong.
That's where we start with our efforts to be better. We acknowledge what's wrong and next we open our eyes, ear...