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Market Report
Torrance, Calif.
Saturday, March 16, 2002

The Market:

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.

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


What I Bought:

Meyer Lemons

On my drive to the market this morning, I heard an interview with a chef who was talking about preserving lemons in lemon juice and salt.  He said meyer lemons are the best bets for that purpose.  They're less acidic than conventional lemons, which is to say they're sweet enough that you can drink the juice straight without puckering up. You're not likely to find them in supermarkets but they're easy to find in the better California farmers markets this time of year.

: $1/one-pound bags.

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