Arroyo Arts Collective "Re-Discovery Tour" Nov 23

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents the:

Re-Discovery Tour --


16th Annual Showcase of Artists’ Homes and Studios
a self-guided auto tour of artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington


Sunday, November 23, 2008

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Starts at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Highland Park, CA 90031 (Tour-goers check in and receive a map to the day’s open studios; there are also exhibiting craftpersons at Lummis Home all day)

Tickets: $10 in advance at or $15 at the Lummis Home on the day of the Tour.


Special Preview Party, Saturday, November 8, 7 to 9 pm, Future Studio Gallery, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Highland Park 90042

Samples of Tour artists’ work will be on display (and tickets to tour will be available, preview party is free)

For Information: or by voice mail at 323-850-8566

Email contacts: Amy Inouye at or Laurie Arroyo at

Camelot! Brigadoon! Shangri-la! Northeast LA! Places loved once, lost sight of for a spell, then miraculously re-discovered! The first three are challenging, but on Sunday, November 23, the artists’ homes and studios of the mysterious Northeast, artist colony for over a century, will be revealed at the Arroyo Arts Collective’s “Re-Discovery Tour” – the 16th annual self-guided auto tour of artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington. The Arroyo Arts Collective, a grassroots community arts organization in Northeast Los Angeles invites the world to discover the art in the heart of Northeast L.A. Sixteen years ago 50 artists opened their studios - this year the roster tops 140 - old favorites side by side with fresh finds, featuring painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage, computer graphics, photography, letterpress, printmaking, fiber arts and spray can art., something for everyone (in a good way). This is an opportunity to engage with the artists, and view their homes and studios firsthand! For the first time this year, several Franklin High School students, some of whose work was supported by previous Tour proceeds, will also appear on the Tour.

Tour tickets can be purchased in advance ($10) online at and at Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard, Highland Park. Tickets the day of the tour ($15) will be available at the Charles Lummis Home located at 200 E. Avenue 43 in Highland Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tour ticket holders will receive a comprehensive map of artists’ studios and homes; studios and homes will be open between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

A preview party showcasing Tour artists and their work will be held in conjunction with NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night on Saturday, November 8 at Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Highland Park. Artist images and links will also be posted at prior to the Tour.

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report

Well, I have been really remiss in getting my farmers market reports out in the past few weeks. I have a hundred excuses (the heat, work, out of town, etc. etc.), but I have really missed the market and can't wait to get back. I'm going tomorrow and am dying to get my hands on some delicious fresh cherries. I can eat them like candy all day long. Other treats I'm on the hunt for: apricots and nectarines (they perfume the air of the whole market!).

Of course, I need my healthy green veggies, too. I'll be looking for fresh asparagus, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, artichokes, eggplant, onions, herbs.... All the good stuff for tossing together in salads, topping pasta or filling an omelet on those days when it's too hot to cook, but you still want to eat well. I've read several articles lately extolling the virtues of organic product. They think it contains much higher levels of nutrients than non-organic produce..... Luckily for all of us, most of the produce at the Old L.A. Farmer's Market is certified organic.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there,

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report 4/29/08

One thing we tend to take for granted, those of us who live in Southern California, is the abundance of delicious, fresh and healthy produce that is available to us all year 'round. This was brought home to me when we had family in town from the midwest last week.

They had come here for a birthday celebration and were able to spend a couple of extra days hanging out in our fantastic weather. On one of the hottest days we've had so far this year in NE LA, we piled into the car and headed out to Malibu. But being at the beach makes me hungry, so I packed up some sandwiches and fresh fruit to take along with us.

You cannot imagine the impact a cucumber can have on someone! I had picked up some fresh cucumbers at the farmers market a few days earlier. Without giving it too much thought, I sliced them up and popped them on some bagels with a smear of cream cheese and some smoked salmon. Delish! But the cucumbers were the talk of the trip from that point on..... How fresh, how delicious, how sweet and crunchy... Nothing else our relatives ate on their entire trip inspired as much conversation or compliments. Of course, I basked in the attention and got all the credit for the making the most amazing sandwich (which really just boils down to having the good sense to buy a few cucumbers at the market - who would've thought?).

Now, I have to say that I myself do love these cukes. They are small, have few seeds and a thin skin that is NOT waxed, so they are yummy unpeeled. I find myself putting them on everything (they are especially good with egg salad).

The other big impression on our out-of-town family was made by juicy, ripe strawberries on homemade waffles for breakfast one morning. They add color and vitamins, as well as flavor and sweetness to an otherwise only marginally healthy breakfast. Fresh squeezed juice (from citrus from the market, of course) is the prefect compliment.

It is easy to overlook how lucky we are to have such a variety of fresh, healthy and delicious produce available to us at any time of the year. To see this bounty through the eyes of visitors really brings it home and makes me grateful to live in CA and also to have a great farmers market to shop at within just a few blocks of home.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmers Market - April 3, 2008

Comparing apples and oranges..... Well, maybe you are not "supposed" to do this, but it sure tastes good if you do. Last week, the farmers market was bursting with apples of all kinds and citrus of all kinds, including oranges, kumquats, grapefruit and -- my personal favorite -- blood oranges. I brought home a bag of each to snack on through the week. The apples are sweet and crunchy. The citrus is tart an juicy. There's no need to choose between them -- you need some of each!

This time of year, I love to add chopped up apples to salads. In our cool but not cold, warm but not hot, Southern California spring climate, big, meal-sized salads are really satisfying for lunch or dinner. I love adding chopped fruit and nuts to them to make them even more substantial and filling. The apples that dominate at the farmers market right now are called Pink Ladies -- even the name is delicious! -- and they are crisp and sweet. These are perfect in a salad along with some walnuts, chopped celery and leafy greens -- all of these items can be found at the farmers market within just a few yards of each other.  You can whip up a complimentary dressing using walnut oil and cider vinegar to add layers of nutty fruitiness to the flavors.

The fabulous citrus available this time of year brightens the longer days with intense flavor and color. Blood oranges, with their ruby colored fruit and juice, look at wonderful as they taste. The juice is refreshing to drink when fresh squeezed or it can be reduced down to a light glaze on the stovetop to use as a sauce on poultry or even ice cream! Kumquats are my personal favorite. This time of year I carry around a small bag of kumquats wherever I go and pop them in my mouth whole for a juicy, zingy snack. The peels are so thin and have so much flavor, it's like eating candy with an edible wrapper. I can easily eat a dozen in a brief amount of time. Grapefruits are also abundant at this time of year and add another dimension to the fruit bowl. You can sprinkle some sugar on the cut side of a halved grapefruit and then stick it under the broiler for a minute or two until the sugar carmelizes into a sweet and cruchy crust on the fruit.

In addition to apples and citrus, the market is bursting with other produce, such as asparagus, broccoli, eggplant and green beans, as well as nuts, cheeses, oils and vinegars. There is a week's worth of groceries right at your fingertips on Tuesday evenings from 3 - 7 p.m. on Avenue 56, between Figueroa and Marmion Way, right next to the Gold Line station. Parking in the lot is FREE after 4 p.m., or save some gas money and take the train or a bus.

See you there!

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report 3/11/08

The market was hopping last week due to the warm weather, long days and – apparently – big appetites for all the new produce.

I scored a large bag of goodies – all of it organic – for what I thought was a great bargain. This week, my acquisitions included:

• 2 bunches of asparagus (both the thick and think versions were available – I chose thick, which are better for grilling).
• 1 bunch of carrots (tops on –the greens go into my compost bin)
• 3 cucumbers
• 3 zucchini
• 3 small eggplant
• 1 bunch of celery
• 3 Gala apples (Fuji were also available)
• 1 gorgeous Asian pear
• 1 plump pink grapefruit

All of the above were organic and all of it cost me a grand total of $15. As of today, we’ve eaten about half of it (there are 2 adults in my house, no kids). The asparagus and eggplant went on the grill (to go on a bed of cous cous from Trader Joes for a quick dinner ready in about 10 minutes). The zucchini was grated and mixed into pasta sauce. The celery was chopped up to add crunch to egg salad and tuna salad. I have some leftover to put into soup, along with some of the carrots. The apples, pear and grapefruit have been great just for snacking throughout the day, when my sweet tooth hits.

This is only the beginning of what promises to be a great year for locally grown fruits and veggies! All of the rains we endured over the winter will really begin to pay off now.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmers Market

Hi, everybody! It's been a long time since I've written in.... I got very busy with work (I'm sure many of you can relate) and then I was out of town for a bit. But now I'm back. The weather is gorgeous and as of this weekend, the days are even longer. That means that it's still light out at the market in the evenings, up until almost 7, so it's easy to get there after work and you can actually see the produce you are selecting.

And there are so many good things to buy right now! Citrus, of course, is king this time of year. The lemons, oranges, tangerines, tangelos and grapefruit are abundant, juicy and delicious and packed with vitamin C. Other good things to indulge in right now are eggplants, broccoli and asparagus.

Here's a fantastic and simple way to eat farm fresh, spring asparagus... Snap off the hard ends and simply boil or steam it until is is bright green and still crisp (maybe 5 minutes, if it's thin), then just toss it with a little bit of butter, a squeeze of lemon juice (see citrus, above) and salt and pepper. The whole operation takes about 10 minutes and this is a nice side dish with any kind of protein you like or maybe just for a healthy snack or even with an egg and toast for breakfast (and don't forget the fresh squeezed orange juice!). Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and a great time to get in a few servings of fruits and vegetables.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report 1/8/08

Well, after several weeks “off”, due to holidays and weather, the Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer’s Market was back in action on Tuesday afternoon. It was a quiet day at the market, without as many vendors as usual, but it was nice to have it back. I am getting my new year started off on the right foot by stocking my kitchen with healthy and tasty foods.

At this time of year, citrus abounds at the market. Oranges and grapefruits overflow the boxes placed on the tables. I love freshly squeezed juice and citrus is so easy to do whether you have a fancy, electric juicer or an old-fashioned, hand-operated one like mine (inherited from a grandparent and still in great working order!). My favorite thing to do is mix up whatever citrus juices I have for a custom-made blend that is always unique and refreshing. I often mix oranges, grapefruit and even throw in some lemon. The ratio doesn’t matter, except for personal preference. If it’s too tart, a little bit of honey will smooth it out. And guess what? Honey is also available at the market!

I was tempted into buying a three-pack of strawberries at the market this week. I know that I should know better. To be honest, they were not the best strawberries I’ve had and nothing like the fabulous ones we get in summer. They were beautiful red on the outside, and even had a nice fragrance, but were sadly white and hard when cut into. Nevertheless, they are not wasted! I cleaned and chopped them up, then put them in the freezer. Now, in the mornings, I blend up smoothies with the frozen berries, some fresh squeezed citrus juice and whatever else I have on hand, whether it be a banana, yogurt, soy milk or even – why not? – a little vanilla ice cream. Not a bad start for a new day and a new year.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report 12/17/07

Hello Highland Park!

Unfortunately, the Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmers Market was rained out last week, so nothing to report. I'm very glad that we all got some much needed rain and started to build up the snow pack in the mountains. The farmers will need the water to irrigate their crops so they can continue to bring fresh, nutritious and beautiful produce to market for all of us.

Today is Christmas Eve. I wish all of you and your families a happy holiday and bright, fun, healthy new year!!

I'll resume market reports in January when the market is back and I'll need to cook some healthy meals full of fresh fruits and vegetables to battle the aftermath of the holiday indulgences.

See you soon,

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report 12/4/07

This year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ve decided to avoid the mall at all costs. All of my holiday shopping, what little I do, will be done at small, independent shops, hopefully right in my neighborhood (who can afford to buy gifts if you have to spend your money on gas driving all over town?). Luckily for me, Highland Park and other nearby neighborhoods have an abundance of resources for a discriminating shopper.

My very first shopping spree of the season took place at the Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmers Market last week at Uncle Berch’s stand. They have my favorite salad dressing and marinade ingredient in the world – avocado oil blended with a touch of blood orange. It is deliciously fragrant and elegant. It happens to be very healthy, too – all that mono-unsaturated fat to keep your cholesterol in check. Although I’ve been buying it for myself all year, now is the perfect time to share this treasure with those I love. I bought half a dozen bottles to spread around to members of my family. Uncle Berch’s has an amazing variety of gourmet products that make ideal gifts for anyone on your list who likes to eat (and really, who doesn’t?). The avocado oil comes blended with other flavors such as key lime and toasted garlic. There is a variety of gorgeous olive oils as well as balsamic vinegars of different ages and with different flavorings, such as berries. There are also homemade jams in range of unusual and delicious flavors, which vary weekly. A small collection of oil, vinegar and jam, all placed together in a pretty basket or box, tied up with a bow makes a beautiful gift.

If you want to do an even more elaborate gift basket, consider adding some dried fruits and nuts from the stand right next to Uncle Berch’s. At this time of year, when everyone is inundated with chocolates and cookies, a basket full of healthy and tasty treats is most welcome.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report 11/20/07

Last week, we (my husband and I) hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house for the first time ever. And we survived it! We had nine people for dinner, including siblings from both sides and their respective families.

The group includes: a quasi-vegetarian, a more serious vegetarian, a bunch of carnivores, a couple of picky kids and someone who doesn’t like onions. My hub did a great job with the turkey. There was a sausage stuffing and a mushroom stuffing, a “real” gravy and a vegetarian gravy (surprisingly delicious, made with a roux and homemade roasted vegetable stock). We did some zucchini on the grill at the last minute, while the roasted sweet potato fries were coming out of the oven and the white potatoes (well, Yukon gold) were being mashed. The salad was dressed (romaine, pears, walnuts and gorgonzola – what’s better than that???) and everything pretty much hit the table all at the same time. Remarkably lucky for our first try at this dinner, but we had lots of help in the kitchen.

The stand-out dish of the entire meal was the mashed potatoes with a pear puree. Everyone loved it, no matter what the individual’s dietary preference or habit. The pear puree was made the day before and kept in the fridge, to be heated slightly in the microwave and then swirled into the potatoes just before serving. The best part? Every ingredient came from the farmers market – the potatoes, the turnips (optional, in my opinion), the pears, the lemon, even the honey! I think that is the reason it tasted so good. The recipe can be found here, on the Epicurious website:

We will definitely be making these potatoes again and again through the chilly winter months. An added bonus: the pears make the house smell delicious when they are roasting.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (HP) Farmer's Market Report

It’s always a little sad when it starts getting dark so early this time of year, but it makes me crave warm, comforting, homemade food… and that means shopping at the farmer’s market for all the right ingredients.

This week I’m on an eggplant kick. I picked up some darling “baby” eggplants at the market. They are about the size of a small orange, beautiful dark, smooth skins and very plump. Bigger eggplants can occasionally get bitter, but there was no danger of that with these cuties, and they had very few seeds (which can also lead to bitterness).

We ate some that very evening on top of a homemade pizza (whipping up a pizza is so easy to do with dough, sauce and cheese from Trader Joe’s – just top with your favorite farmers market finds that week).

Afterwards, I found a very clever idea for eggplant on -- lightly breading and cooking in your waffle iron! If you have kids, this may be a new way to get them to eat veggies. No joke; check out this link (and I’m going to try it for dinner tonight myself):

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (HP) Farmer's Market Report

For those of you who may have missed my farmers' market report, please accept my apologies and know that I have missed them, too! My fridge is empty and the cupboards are bare. I've had to survive on pantry staples and frozen entrees for the past couple of weeks.

Sadly, I've not been able to make it to the market recently due to working later than usual, and being away makes me appreciate it all the more. I can hardly bring myself to buy produce from the supermarket -- the prices are higher but the quality is not!

I can't wait to get back to the market this week to stock up on apples, pears, broccoli and greens, the remaining summer tomatoes and zucchini. I'm really looking forward to seeing squashes and other cool season favorites. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Now that there's a distinct chill in the air (are the Santa Ana winds finally behind us?), I can't wait to make soups and stews and turn the oven back on for roasting. Just about everything tastes great roasted (with a little olive oil and seasoning, nothing could be easier or more satisfying)!

So I found out that it's true what they say, absense does make the heart grow fonder, and I'm looking forward to shopping tomorrow.

The Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmers Marktet is located on Aveune 58, between Figueroa and the Meridian Way, next to the Gold Line station. There is free parking in the adjacent parking lot after 4 p.m.
See you there!