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,





Heirloom Tomatoes


Green Beans 




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