Best Buys
Place: Santa Monica, Calif.
Date: Saturday May 10, 2003
The Market: Santa Monica Farmers Market
Santa Monica, Calif.
Arizona & 3rd Street
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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


What I Bought:

Strawberries, tangelos, pomelo, nectarines, blood oranges (clockwise from bottom)

Today's platter of fruit purchases reflects the shift now underway from spring to summer. The citrus fruits have only weeks left in the markets while the nectarines, the first I've seen this year, will around from now into October.  I bought this 3-1/2 pound pomelo primarily for the rind, which I make into citrus-peel candy.  I buy blood oranges so that I can boil the juice down into a thick savory syrup (spiced with sage, rosemary and garlic) for use in salad dressings.

Price: $5/3-pack for strawberries; $1.50/lb. for tangelos; $1/lb. for pomelo; $2.75/lb. for nectarines; $1/lb. for blood oranges

Spring onions, green garlic, baby leeks, more spring onions (left to right)

Price: $1/bunch for onions and green garlic; $1.25/bunch for baby leeks

Lemon grass (top), Thai basil

Price: $1/bunch for lemon grass and basil

Thai basil (right), Italian basil

Fava beans

Fava beans won't be around for much longer.  Shucking and peeling them is awfully labor intensive and if they were available year-round, I might rarely bother with favas, as much as I like them.  But they're such a fleeting springtime treat that I almost always buy some in visits to the market during the several months when they're in their prime.

Price: $5/six pounds

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