Farmers’ Market

2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

If you’re trying to eat organic then you may be surprised to know you don’t always have to. Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides and publish their findings in two easy-to-understand lists: the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (lowest […]

2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, produce, seasonal, organic, non-organic, healthy, nutrition

Baked Rhubarb Donuts

Well I just barely missed National Donut Day, but I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for next year. I got a pan for baking donuts a while back and have been meaning to put it to good use, this turned out to be the perfect recipe.  You can use any cake base to make baked donuts, but […]

Baked Rhubarb Donuts, baked, homemade, recipe, farmers market, in season

Chicken Liver Pâté

My farmers’ market source for pasture-raised chicken products is La Bahn Ranch.  Typically I get a few dozen eggs and a whole chicken, but being such a fan of liver pâté I’ve been dying to try it out.  Thanksgiving proved to be the perfect excuse so I finally took the plunge and bought a pound of chicken livers […]

Chicken Liver Pate

Cauliflower Leek and Fennel Soup

The long Thanksgiving weekend brought a bit of much needed rain here in LA, so we finally got a taste of autumn weather and a respite from the unrelenting heat. I make soups all year round because I find it’s a great way to get bone broth and a good helping of veggies into my diet. […]

cauliflower leek fennel soup, paleo, recipe, yum, healthy, soup

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

I made this a few weeks back but have been too busy to post it.  I realized I better get it up before summer is officially over and we won’t be able to find delicious ripe peaches any more! Originally I made this recipe many years ago with my friend and web designer, Jacob.  We made it […]

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Why I Choose Raw Dairy

I drive a few blocks out of my way every Saturday morning to an unassuming parking lot in Glassell Park where I can buy raw dairy products direct from the family-owned Organic Pastures.  It’s the absolute best local source of raw, organic, grassfed dairy that I’ve found here in LA.  While I can get their […]

Why I Choose Raw Milk

Farmers’ Market Haul – March 2nd, 2014 – Los Feliz Market

The Los Feliz Sunday Market is one of my favorites.  It’s quiet and small, but still has most everything I need.  I used to live within walking distance but it’s still just a short drive away so I end up there most Sundays.  The only thing they don’t really have is a meat vendor, but […]

Farmers' Market Haul

Farmers’ Market Haul – February 16th, 2014 – Atwater Village Market

Going to the farmer’s market is like a ritual for me.  I have gone to a market nearly every week for probably 5 or 6 years now.  I used to work at a few different markets, helping shy farmers sell their gorgeous organic vegetables. That’s actually were I met my boss and mentor for whom […]

Farmers' Market Haul

Farmers’ Market Find: The Amazing Jujube

The jujube is truly a special fruit.  In its fresh form it’s often called a Chinese apple, which you can find in season for only a few months of the year, right about…now.  It starts out as pale green color and turns a golden brown as it ripens, then eventually deep red when it has […]

Farmers’ Market Find: Yellow Watermelon!

Summer is a beautiful time at the market.  People come out of the woodwork for fresh produce like heirloom tomatoes, stone fruit, sweet corn, peppers, and the best watermelon you can get anywhere.  It is so sweet without being over-ripe or mealy, the difference is obvious when you compare side by side with the grocery […]

farmers’ market find: lemon verbena!

so i actually didn’t find this particular lemon verbena at the farmers’ market, but it is a special treat when i do find it there.  this lemon verbena actually came from my boss’ backyard – though the plant was originally started as a small seedling from the farmers’ market, it had now sprouted into a […]

berry picking at underwood farms!

between classes, clinic, work, babysitting and selling vegetables, every once in a blue moon i get a weekday off.  on days like this my eyes widen as i envision the the possibilities… my boss had told me she and her family visited underwood farms to go berry picking for mothers’ day, which sounded just perfect.  […]

in season: english peas, green garlic, spring onions, stone fruit and summer squash!

i’m so sorry i’ve been away from the blog for so long.  after a very merry birthday, a bout of illness and some technical difficulties, cooking has been the last thing on my mind for the past few weeks.  it didn’t help that the produce at the market for the last few months has been […]

farmers’ market find: flowering tea!

the market isn’t all about fruits and veggies.  i’ve been talked into buying my weight in hummus, found really great imported olive oil and fair-trade maca, people even give massages at some farmers’ markets.  there are all sorts of artisan vendors, it varies so much from market to market. i worked at the new sunday […]

farmers’ market find: sugar cane!

i’ve had fresh sugar cane juice before, but never the cane itself.  it is usually grown in tropical climates, but this week the family i work for at the silver lake farmers’ market brought their first green sugar cane of the season down from fresno, so i decided to take one for a spin. similar […]