Charles H. Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd.
Tues. and Sat., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Market Notes: This is one of the best markets in the
Los Angeles area, with a large selection of prepared foods and a
food tent with plenty of tables and chairs, a few craft vendors, and
lots of quality local producers. Among the regular vendors are
several Japanese-American farmers who still farm on pockets of open
fields in the otherwise heavily urbanized Torrance area, following
in the footsteps of Japanese farmers who have farmed in the area for
nearly 100 year. The market also has a strong contingent
of growers from the Fallbrook area, so it's a good place to get
citrus and subtropical fruit. My main objective today is meyer
lemons, which are much sweeter than standard lemons. I
plan to preserve them Middle Eastern-style in salt and their own
juice. I also pick up other odds and ends, such as beets,
green onions, tangelos and a few cherimoyas. And
from a local nursery's display of seedlings, I pick up for $1 a
small pot with a clump of creeping thyme that I will plant in
my garden, hoping it will live up to its name and spread.
Mark Thompson, publisher of this Web site