It was a blessed day for me summer about 8 years ago when I discovered the socal farmers markets, and finally realized the abundance and flavor of fresh produce that has not been sprayed, waxed, mass produced, and otherwise tortured for the poor blokes that still buy it at the grocery store.
Now I go to shop, browse, and just take it all in, as well as to be continually astounded at the stuff that pops up. Never in a million years of shopping at Vons would I ever have met a limequat or a candy beet with the white and purple cocentric circles.
So I thought it would be fun to poll the hounds on your favorite vendors of your favorite produce. Who has the best of the best and at what markets? Please give a location, a day, and the name of the vendor (or if you're like me and don't pay enough attention to their banners - shame on me, describe their location in the market).
My all time favorites that have not disappointed since I have been going:
1. heirloom and celebrity (red) tomatos, fresh and sundried, from muniz farms (I think is the name) - located at at least the Sunday Santa Monica (about halfway down on the side closest to the street behind - "all organic here folks" says the blond tie-dye dude who works there) and the Wed Santa Monica on the Arizona leg, west of 2nd, on the south side of the street. they sell all their tomatoes out of cardboard boxes.
2. citrus, particularly valencia oranges, at the Wed SM market, 2nd street leg, north of Arizona, west side of the street (pretty close to the middle with the white tent). They are also at the Thursday westwood.
3. pluots at the sunday santa monica towards the entrance on the side abutting the food and chochkies, maybe the 3rd stall in.
4. strawberries - harry's berries (when I can afford them, which is rarely, as they are more expensive than all others by a few bucks), these are the best tasting strawberries I have ever tasted (seascape and gaviota are their main crops). They are at the Wed SM and Sun SM at least, maybe others.
What are your favorites????