An expatriate of New Orleans – and professional chef – who has lived in Los Angeles since her childhood, blogs about the journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles back to New Orleans, and points along the way.

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Autumn at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

By on Nov 8, 2009, 10:45 am in Food and Drink, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

Eggplant and Peppers

I have shopped for many years at the Santa Monica farmer’s market. Those of us who do, happen to think it’s the best farmer’s market in the country, btw.

When I started my catering business, it was a natural to purchase my produce there. Produce from a grocery store or a big purveyor will never match the taste and freshness of produce allowed to ripen on the tree or vine. The farmers pick it only a day or two before coming to market, and then I hand pick it to meet my produce needs. Yes, it takes a bit more time, but in my opinion, if you care about good food, it’s completely worth it.

There is no substitute for a vine ripened tomato in a Caprese salad. No amount of poaching and sugar can make up for the flavor of a fully ripened peach in a cobbler, and compared to a farmer’s market starawberry, a grocery store strawberry is not even worth eating.

Autumn  is probably the best season at the farmer’s market- it is after all the season of the harvest.  Here are some pictures I’ve gathered over the last couple of months for you to enjoy.

Bon Appetit,

Gisele

 

Broccoli

 

Heirloom Tomatoes

Cauliflower 

Green Beans 

 

Herbs

 

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