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Market Report
Santa Monica, Calif.
Wednesday, March 13, 2002

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

Market Notes:  I find fava beans, which were $2.50 a pound just a week ago, at 3 pounds for $3 today, a sure sign that spring is arriving in full force..  Right on schedule, favas are flooding in just in time for the NCAA college basketball championship tournament.  Every year, I find myself shelling and painstakingly peeling fava beans while watching games. Maybe I'm just slow with the fava beans, but three or four pounds of pods are plenty enough to keep me busy for an entire game.  I also buy some seascape strawberries, which are usually more expensive than the camarosa variety, the standard commercial berry variety in southern California these days.  But today McGrath Farm is selling seascapes for a special price of $6 for a three-pack.  Seascapes are supposed to be especially good, better than the durable but watery camarosas, but these seascapes weren't nearly as good and sweet as some of the camarosas I've had this year.  It just goes to show strawberries, as far as their sweetness is concerned, are as fickle as the weather. They were rich and fruity, however, and so they were excellent cooked into a sauce -- with sugar added.

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

What I Bought:


The horned cherimoya in the back is called a booth.  The two softball-sized round ones on the right in front are bays. Both were the best cherimoyas I've ever had.  These bays, even though variety often is ranked lower than others in taste tests, were even better than this particular booth, in my book.

Price: $3.50/lb for Booth; $2.50/lb. for Bay

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