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Market Watch: The latest farmers market news by David Karp

Encino farmers market is a top choice for fresh produce in the Valley

Farmers Markets: The Encino market is a gem, with sellers including Givens Farms, Underwood Family Farms and Tutti Frutti Farms.

Culver City farmers market hits the sweet spot with a wide selection

With 30 growers like Finley Farms and Cuyama Orchards, the farmers market at Culver City makes for a weekday pick on the Westside.

Farmers Markets: Persimmons come calling early at Tuesday Torrance

Farmers Markets: Persimmons come calling early at Tuesday Torrance, arguable one of the best weekday markets due to its size and diversity.

Kenter Canyon Farms reaps harvest of locally grown wheat

Farmers Markets: Kenter Canyon Farms has launched its 'farm to toaster' program, with wheatberries, flour and artisanal breads.

Farmers Market: Fall Fiesta has post-season plum taste in Brentwood

Farmers Market: At the large Brentwood market, Fall Fiesta, which looks like a pluot, is a new hybrid of three species: plum, cherry, peach and nectarine (peach and nectarine are from same species).

Farmers Markets: West Hollywood market a mixed bag for Mondays

West Hollywood farmers market: Early fall's broccoli, cauliflower, grapefruit and pomegranates are now at stands.

Farmers Markets: Sudachi, a citrus that spices up late summer and fall

Farmers Markets: The Japanese citrus

Farmers Markets: A refresher course on specialty apples

Farmers Markets: It's prime season for specialty apples, and the flavorful specimens will be available at local farmers markets over the next few months.

Wax apples come to Temple City, Pasadena farmers markets

Wax apples, popular in Taiwan, are uncommon in Southern California. But now Lung Ke Wu is growing and selling them here.

Old Pasadena farmers market may put down roots this time

Farmers Markets: The latest Old Pasadena farmers market may be able to compete with Victory Park, Villa Parke and Playhouse District markets.

Farmers Markets: Panachée figs earn their stripes

Farmers Markets: Panachee figs, marketed as Tiger, have been a long time coming to commercial availability. But their super-sweet day has come.

Farmers Markets: Redlands' Saturday morning gathering impresses

Redlands' Saturday farmers market is home to small, local growers with fine produce.

Farmers Markets: The Spencers keep Windrose Farm standards high

Farmers Markets: The Spencers keep Windrose Farm standards high

Farmers Markets: Fresh sour cherries are hard to find

Fresh sour cherries are hard to find at farmers markets in Southern California.

Farmers Markets: Picking the best plums and Pluots

How to find the best plums and Pluots at Southern California farmers markets. Also, sweet corn varieties to seek out.

Valencia oranges, under siege in California, fight to survive

Production of Valencia oranges, an emblematic crop in California, has dropped dramatically. A bacterial disease deadly to trees could provide another blow.

Farmers Markets: The best peaches at the best time

Farmers Markets: Guide to the best peaches as July brings bounty

Farmers Markets: State oversight funding in jeopardy

Legislative maneuvering on farmers market bill will likely cut the flow of funds for the program by the end of the year. The markets would continue, but oversight would stop until passage of a new 'urgency bill.'

Farmers Markets: In Lancaster, uncertified but top quality

The farmers market at Antelope Valley Winery in Lancaster forgoes certification but is the best in its area, with fresh produce from local growers and more.

Farmers Markets: High-flavored fruit varieties sell fast

Farmers Markets: Arrive early and swoop in to pluck boysenberries, Persian mulberries, Mara des Bois strawberries, Blenheim apricots and Snow Queen nectarines.

Farmers Markets: It's prime time for apricots

Apricot season: Forget the mediocre early choices at farmers markets. Prime varieties are sweet and flavorful, and extend far beyond the Blenheim.

Farmers Markets: For May peaches, royalty found among the sports

Southern California farmers markets: May peach royalty found among the sports

Farmers Markets: A CSA model for seafood in Santa Monica

Farmers Markets: Community Seafood brings CSA model for fish to Santa Monica

Farmers Markets: Bruins like to feed on fresh fruit and vegetables

UCLA farmers market, though small and held only twice a quarter, has caught on fast with Bruins students and staff.

Farmers Markets: From the LAPD to artisanal olive oil

At L.A. area farmers markets, olive oil from Ventura, and a new market in Marina del Rey

Farmers Markets: The family behind Maggie's and Kenter Canyon farms

The family behind Maggie's and Kenter Canyon farms

Farmers markets: Be aware of the rhythm of the season

Farmers markets: There are still good choices in April, including strawberries, rhubarb and blueberries.

Helping farmers markets managers manage better

Helping farmers markets managers manage better

Farmers Markets: State bill would bring big changes

A California farmers market bill could bring big changes. Introduced last month and up for consideration as early as mid-April, AB 996 would bolster some enforcement measures for certified markets but weaken others.

Farmers Markets: Rhubarb worth stalking in early spring

Farmers Markets: Rhubarb, hard to find in California, is worth stalking

Farmers Markets: Oliver Woolley's pork is a hit in Santa Monica

Oliver Woolley breeds pigs that produce dark meat of excellent flavor that is a hit at the Santa Monica farmers market.

Farmers Markets: Odd-looking cherimoya is a sublime find

Odd-looking cherimoya is a sublime farmers market find

Farmers Markets: Irvine's Saturday farmers market is O.C.'s sweet spot

Farmers Markets: The Irvine farmers market is easily Orange County's best, even if there are a few bad apples.

Farmers markets: Kosher dishes

Farmers markets: Kosher dishes. Michele Grant, co-founder of the Grilled Cheese Truck, moves on to pareve prepared food.

Farmers Markets: Paso Gold rides the olive oil boom

Farmers markets in Southern California are experiencing an oil boom, in olive oil, with at least a dozen vendors now bringing fresh and different offerings.

Farmers Markets: With respected leader back in L.A. County, attention turns to inspections on shoestring budget

With a respected leader in farmers market integrity back, Ed Williams, attention turns to how to monitor vendors on tight funding in California. Money raised from fees charged to farmers is enough to fund limited supervision of farmers markets to spot dishonest vendors, but it's not enough to pay for real enforcement of standards, which market managers say is sorely needed.

Farmers Markets: A guide to the best winter citrus

A guide to the best winter citrus at farmers markets in Southern California

Farmers Markets: California keeps its sweet spot in macadamias

Although the acreage of macadamias in California is small, the state produces a sweet nut. One farmer, a paralyzed Vietnam vet, has led growers in Southern California.

Farmers Markets: Exotic fruits, exciting harvests in De Luz

Farmers Markets: Exotic fruits, exciting harvests in De Luz

Farmers Markets: The best of early winter

At L.A.-area farmers markets, beets, English peas, Brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage and more call out for a place in the kitchen.

Farmers Markets: Look for Page and Lee mandarins

At L.A.-area farmers markets, watch for Page and Lee mandarins. They don't taste exactly like other oranges. That's why they're prized.

Farmers Markets: Seasons do matter in Southern California

When buying carrots, grapefruits, nuts, avocados and more at Southern California farmers markets, it pays to know when the time is ripe.

Though no longer trendy, kiwis can still be quite tasty

At their best, local recently harvested kiwis have an intense vibrancy.

Farmers Markets: How to be choosy with clementines

Clementines can vary dramatically in quality, depending on the variety, season, where and how they're grown, and how they're packed and stored. It is worth understanding these factors before shopping, whether at stores or farmers markets.

Tracking down the parents of sweet orange

The fruit's baby daddy was likely a large, loose-skinned type of mandarin widely cultivated in Asia and Brazil, research says.

Farmers Markets: Satsumas, a sweet sign of the holidays

Satsumas are starting to arrive at Los Angeles area farmers markets. They're a sweet harbinger of the holiday season.

Farmers Markets: The Produce Project repackages the bounty

The Produce Project repackages Los Angeles area farmers market offerings to sell in other locations and at more convenient hours.

Farmers Markets: Stokes Purple is a sweet potato of mystery

Stokes Purple sweet potato: The uniquely colored and flavorful sweet potato will be available at Sprouts and Bristol Farms.

Farmers Markets: Red-letter day for Robert Livermore walnuts

Shelled red Robert Livermore walnuts will soon show up in Southern California markets, at some stores and by mail order.

Farmers Markets: Santa Barbara Pistachio Co.'s green nuts popping up

Highly perishable, ultra-seasonal green pistachios are making their way to area farmers markets amid a new harvest by the Zannon family's Santa Barbara Pistachio Co.

Farmers Markets: Raisins, outside the box

Raisins can be a revelation as sold at the farmers market.

Farmers Markets: Almonds at the stands

Almonds: Fat Uncle Farms, Yemetz Family Orchards and Organic Pastures are among the growers selling almonds at L.A. area farmers markets. Fall is harvest time.

Farmers Markets: Damson plums worth preserving

Damson plums are hard to find at Los Angeles area farmers markets. The ancient fruit is mostly used for preserves, and for the dedicated artisanal cook, sometimes you have to go straight to the trees.

No consensus from state panel on farmers market enforcement

Committee members hope the bit of progress they made will be enough for legislators to get involved.

Farmers Markets: Changes in South Pasadena, Westwood

Two popular and successful farmers markets, in South Pasadena and Westwood, are in the process of replacing the veteran managers who helped build them.

Market News: Palms launches first farmers market

The Palm farmers market launched last week to strong demand and a good number of vendors.

Blum Ranch in Acton keeps it old school

Blum Ranch in Acton keeps it old school. Ray and Elizabeth Billet's 40 acres feature peach and pear orchards, however, yield fresh flavors.

Beverly Glen farmers market makes a comeback

The revived event features 40 stands, a new parking lot and free valet service.

New beef vendor at Santa Monica farmers market has history on its side

Rancho San Julian has been in the same family since the 19th century. Its cattle is grass-fed and is not given corn, hormones or antibiotics.

From Ojai, crops of Gala apples and Howard Miracle plums

Farmers markets: Gala apples and Howard Miracle plums from Ojai are headed to Los Angeles-area farmers markets and stores.

Farmers Markets: Gravensteins make special appearance

Red Gravenstein apples are a special treat. They're making a rare appearance at Southern California farmers markets over the next couple of weeks. Also, the nonprofit farmers market group SEE-LA picks a new leader.

Farmers Markets: Indigo Rose tomato, a dark beauty

Indigo Rose, a purplish-black tomato, comes to Southern California farmers markets. It's odd color makes it a standout.

Farmers Markets: Downtown L.A. gets a Sunday market

A farmers market will operate on Sundays for downtown Los Angeles residents and visitors. It's on 5th Street, near Broadway.

Farmers Market News: Harry Nicholas turns sweet 90

Harry Nicholas, a fixture at Los Angeles area farmers markets, and a snazzy dresser, turns 90 this week.

Market Watch: Passion for gardening leads to Beverly Hills

Jennifer Little and James Imhoff of San Gabriel turned their passion for gardening into farmers market sales. Their Little Farm Fresh is now expanding to the Beverly Hills market.

Market Watch: Plum-cherry hybrids find a sweet spot

Plum-cherry hybrids, such as the Pixie Sweet, also known as the "Verry Cherry plum," are starting to show up at farmers markets in the Los Angeles area.

Market Watch: On Sunset Strip, an all-star farmers market premieres

A new farmers market has opened on Sunset Strip. It's off to a great start with some of the top farmers around.

Market Watch: Takikawas' the Garden of ..... connects the dots to quality

The Takikawa family in Santa Ynez has developed a reputation for bringing the highest quality produce to area farmers markets.

Market Watch: Kinnows make a sweet citrus juice

At area farmers markets this week, look for sweet Kinnow mandarin juice, apricots, Murrayberries and Boysenberries.

Market Watch: New Altadena farmers market takes an urban approach

A new Altadena farmers market brings in urban farmers, established sellers and more.

Market Watch: Frog Hollow's rock star apricot farmer

Market Watch: New cherry varieties worth a pit stop

There are several new cherry varieties coming into Southern California farmers markets now. It pays to know what you're buying and try samples.

Market Watch: Above the ocean in Malibu, a rare orchard of loquats

Loquats grown in Malibu come from one of the few orchards of the fruit, which many Southern Californians get from backyard trees.

Market Watch: Mystique of the Temecula Sweet

Temecula Sweet mandarins are an odd-looking citrus. They grow at a small orchard near Temecula.

Market Watch: In Mar Vista, an aquaponics farm just down the street

David Rosenstein of Evo Farm, an aquaponics setup in a Mar Vista backyard, will start selling his produce just down the street at the Sunday farmers market.

County Line Harvest's fruitful foray into Coachella farming

Northern California may be home base, but in expanding County Line Harvest's vegetable-producing season, David Retsky makes inroads to the south.

Market Watch: A backyard dream mushrooms in Hacienda Heights

Hacienda Heights couple turn their yard into an urban farm. They bring their produce and mushrooms to Southern California farmers markets.

Hollywood farmers market CEO is fired

Financial problems and conflicting visions are among the reasons cited in Pompea Smith's dismissal. Reaction among vendors is mixed.

Market Watch: Return of the Chandler strawberries

Harry's Berries will be bringing the Chandler variety of strawberry back to Southern California farmers markets. It's prized for its sweet, heritage taste.

Market Watch: Asparagus from the San Joaquin Delta

Zuckerman's Farm grows the labor-intensive crop in an ideal region for it. He sells the spears at markets across Southern California.

Market Watch: Mud Creek Ranch's cornucopia of produce

Steven and Robin Smith of Mud Creek Ranch have found a climatological sweet spot near Santa Paula. They grow about 400 varieties of produce, from apples to wampees, to sell at Southern California farmers markets.

Market Watch: An urban farmer's passion blooms again

Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms is back to selling her flowers in farmers markets again after a hiatus caused by a lawsuit that stopped her backyard operation.

Market Watch: Some farmers pulling up stakes

Making farmers market sales work can be tough work for little reward. Many vendors are pulling out or rethinking their plans.

Market Watch: Prized Dekopons arriving

The Dekopon, also known as Sumo, is a prized citrus about to show up in Southern California farmers markets and stores.

Market Watch: Hothouse tomatoes from Ridgecrest, flavor included

Tomatoes grown in greenhouses in Ridgecrest are flavorful and brilliant red.

Market Watch: On the cusp of grapefruit season

In Southern California, three locally adapted hybrid grapefruit varieties are at their peak. More popular varieties are still a way off.

Market Watch: Mushroom vender's crop fits in a trailer

Fred Ellrot grows mushrooms for farmers markets near Moorpark. His produce is raised inside a climate-controlled trailer.

Market Watch: Goatherd's life a rugged climb

Goat farm in Southern California brings fresh artisanal cheeses to area farmers markets. But making a go of goatherding is a tough business.

Market Watch: Citrus shoppers need to be alert to cold damage

Citrus at Southern California farmers market may have been damaged in cold weather from a month ago. It's important to be an alert shopper.

Jerry Dimitman dies at 91; professor grew prized Asian fruit

Dimitman, a retired Cal Poly Pomona professor, offered ultrafresh Asian fruit at a modest price. They were popular at the Alhambra farmers market.

Market Watch: The cold beauty of colored kale

The winter crop of kale expands with Chidori, Nagoya and Redbor among the varieties showing up at area farmers markets.

Market Watch: Olive oil, from the hills of Topanga

Joyce Lukon grows olives in Topanga Canyon and sells the oil and brined olives at Southern California farmers markets.

Market Watch: Mangoes grown locally, really

Two San Diego County brothers combine experimentation and tenacity to grow mangoes in a coastal zone. Their fruits are being sold at Southern California farmers markets.

Market Watch: Boom times for limes

Southern California farmers markets are showing greater varieties of limes, from the common Mexican to the Persian finger lime.

Market Watch: The magnificent Warren pear

The pear — arguably the world's most delicious variety — appears to have originated in Mississippi, of all places. And it's about to make a cameo appearance in Santa Monica.

Market Watch: Cuyama, the perfect hideaway for Pink Lady apples

The Albano family in Cuyama grows Pink Lady apples in a secluded spot perfect for the fruit.

Market Watch: A new fish vendor at the farmers market

Market Watch: A new fish vendor is a rare catch

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