Food

Market Watch: The latest farmers market news by David Karp

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

    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

    From Ojai, crops of Gala apples and Howard Miracle plums

    The expected crop from this rural idyll would be citrus. But varied microclimates open opportunities to farmers.

  • Farmers Markets: Gravensteins make special appearance

    Farmers Markets: Gravensteins make special appearance

    Among the most lamented casualties of industrial fruit commerce is the Gravenstein apple, whose intense, distinctive aroma, honeyed, floral and fruity, has lodged in the memories of many Californians, emblematic of the careless rapture of childhood. Most plantings in Sonoma, where the variety reaches...

  • Farmers Markets: Indigo Rose tomato, a dark beauty

    Farmers Markets: Indigo Rose tomato, a dark beauty

    Of the dozen tomato varieties displayed at Vang Thao's stand last Saturday, one, with purplish black skin over a flaming orange ground color, stood out spectacularly. It's a new variety, Indigo Rose, pigmented by anthocyanins, the same compounds responsible for the dark color in cherries, blood...

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

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

    Flanked by low-income housing, recently renovated lofts, offices and art galleries, the Historic Downtown Los Angeles farmers market, which opened two weeks ago, is a study in contrasts. Rehabilitated skid row denizens wash away stains in front of a new ballet school, while classically ornamented...

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