It's been a great pleasure writing these farmers market updates for the past 1+ years, but unfortunately this one will be my last, as my wife and I move on to the muggy climes of the Northeast. Living in
Southern California, we're blessed with year-round access to an almost outrageous variety of locally grown produce, so I hope that you've been encouraged to sample and appreciate that abundance. In the process, you've supported local family farms, preserved green spaces, and created a vibrant new heart for the community. Any market is precisely as good as the community support that it receives, so help ensure that Northeast Los Angeles has the market that it deserves by continuing to patronize this wonderful neighborhood asset.
This week, that means getting your hands on some of the finest stone fruits in recent memory. The white apricots available this past week from Uh's Ranch were juicy enough to yield a chin-dribble worthy of the finest peach, along with a luscious perfume and flavor. White nectarines have also been staggeringly good, as have the juicy and sweet-tart plums. The warm, but not overly hot temperatures we've been experiencing have great for many fruits, including the delicious Gaviota strawberries that Tamai farms continues to bring to market. Melons love heat however, and so ZRanch, in the Imperial Valley, has been bringing a wonderful selection to the market, including two varieties of orange fleshed muskmelons, and two green fleshed honeydew type melons, all wonderfully sweet. We also saw our first watermelons from Gama farms this past week, a perfect dessert for your July 4th barbecue.
Take a look at http://www.friends4oldlafarmersmarket.org (for one last week) for a rundown of everything you can expect to find in season at the market. And don't forget to pick up gourmet artisanal cheeses from Uncle Berch and wonderful breads and pastries from Anne's Bakery. If it's too hot to cook, settle down with a juicy piece of herbed rotisseried chicken or a fresh tamale for dinner and just let the warm evening pass you by.
Please stop by the market for fresh, field-ripened, high quality produce from local farmers and spend time with your friends, neighbors and other community members.
The Highland Park Certified Farmers Market is located adjacent to the Highland Park Gold Line station at Marmion Way between Ave. 57 & 58 and operates Tuesdays from 3-8PM.