Farmers Markets: Persimmons come calling early at Tuesday Torrance, arguable one of the best weekday markets due to its size and diversity.
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: It's prime season for specialty apples, and the flavorful specimens will be available at local farmers markets over the next few months.
Production of Valencia oranges, an emblematic crop in California, has dropped dramatically. A bacterial disease deadly to trees could provide another blow.
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.'
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: Arrive early and swoop in to pluck boysenberries, Persian mulberries, Mara des Bois strawberries, Blenheim apricots and Snow Queen nectarines.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two popular and successful farmers markets, in South Pasadena and Westwood, are in the process of replacing the veteran managers who helped build them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Takikawa family in Santa Ynez has developed a reputation for bringing the highest quality produce to area farmers markets.
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.
Northern California may be home base, but in expanding County Line Harvest's vegetable-producing season, David Retsky makes inroads to the south.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dimitman, a retired Cal Poly Pomona professor, offered ultrafresh Asian fruit at a modest price. They were popular at the Alhambra farmers market.
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.
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.