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.
Mark Thompson, publisher of this Web site