As I've been wandering the Studio City farmers' market, I've noticed a lot more people walking around with a LOT more produce. Talking to the various vendors, there appears to have been an uptick in purchases, especially from the vegetable farmers.
It used to be that I would see people with just a couple of bags -- maybe some peaches, maybe figs, but almost always fruit.
I personally go to the market, wander up and down at least once, then take out a pen and paper and start writing down what I'm going to cook for the week, so that I can make maximum use of the produce available to me at the market -- I don't like Trader Joe's produce and the Vons across the street is just depressing.
For example, I decided to try the fishmonger (marking the first time in over seven years I have bought fish anywhere except Fish King), and that turned into scampi (which required garlic, lemons and shallots) and salmon with pesto (which required asparagus).
Then I bought lettuce, tuna, potatoes, green beans, olives and eggs for a "niçoise" salad (purists, keep it to yourselves). There was some great-looking chard that I wanted to gratiner, so I decided roast pork would work with that.
Do other people do this? Or do you go to the farmers' market for things that are unavailable or much, much worse quality at the standard megamart and buy your other produce elsewhere?
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