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Market Report Santa Monica, Calif.
Wednesday, June 12, 2002

The Market:
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Santa Monica, Calif.
Arizona & 3rd Street
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Market Notes:  The stone fruit deluge has begun.  And the crops of full-blown summer are also starting to pour into the market, including tomatoes (which won't reach perfection for another month) and one of my favorite market bulk buys: basil. 

Mark Thompson, publisher of this Web site


What I Bought:

Nectarines, apricots, pluots and peaches (clockwise from left to lower right)

I picked up small quantities from a number of different growers, getting a random sample of multiple varieties of stone fruit. (Next time, dear readers, I'll label each variety separately and do a scientific taste test comparing them.).

Price: Range from $1.50 to $2/lb with premium fruit at $3/lb. and bulk buys at $4 for 3 lb.


I load up on basil often through the summer, make pesto with it and freeze what we don't consume right away.

Price: $1/bag (see above)


It's still too early for great tomatoes, but just by a few weeks.  I buy these anyway, and they're okay if not great. 

Price: $1/lb. for overripe reds; $1.50/lb. for yellow tomatoes

Romano and yellow wax beans (left); red and green zucchini (right)

Price: $1/lb. for beans and squash

Orange mangel beets, yellow carrots, purple baby beets

Price: $4 for three bunches, mix and match

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