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Market Report
Santa Monica, Calif.
Date: Feb 2, 2002

The Market:
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Santa Monica, Calif.
Arizona & 3rd Street

Market-Goer: Mark Thompson, publisher of this Web site


What I Bought:

Nantes carrot, purple and Bintje potatoes

The Bintje potatoes are a "European favorite," according to the sign on the Weiser Famiy Farm table where I bought these.  This is the time of year when I buy lots of root crops, such as these potatoes, carrots, turnips (see below), beets, and even the fennel (also see below), scrub them, toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake them all together for an hour or so.  It makes an entire meal.

Price: $1.50/lb. for potatoes; $1/lb for the carrot; $.79/lb. for jewel yam (below)

jewel yam, purple and Bintje potatoes


My family and I have developed a fondness for baby white Tokyo turnips in recent years.  Since I couldn't find any of them today for my "root crop bake" (as described above), I decided to give these medium-sized traditional turnips a try.  I still like the baby white turnips better.  But these worked well enough for my purpose..

Price: $1/bunch


 I'm not wild about fennel.  But when the bulbs are sliced in half, basted in olive oil, salt and pepper, and baked along with other vegetables, a small slice adds variety to a selection of root crops, helping make a pan of various root crops an entire meal in itself.

Price: $1.50/bunch (three medium sized bulbs)

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