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Market Report
Santa Monica, Calif.
Sunday, June 29, 2003

The Market:
Santa Monica, Calif.
Ocean Park and Main
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(310) 458-8712

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


What I Bought:

clockwise from lower left, Stanwick nectarines, apricots, peaches, Mirabelle plums

The Stanwick is "the ugliest nectarine you'll ever love," according to the sign on the market table selling these (for about twice the price of other nectarines in the market today).  I try a sample and am intrigued enough by the complex, tropical flavor that I buy some..

Price: $3/lb. for Stanwick nectarine; $2-2.25 for others

clockwise from lower left, basil, Anaheim peppers, tomatillos, Blue Lake beans

Price: $1/bag (quantity as shown above)

clockwise from lower left, tomatoes, Texas 10-15 supersweet onion, beets, Chinese eggplant

I'm an aficionado of sweet onions, so I couldn't pass up one with a name like "Texas 10-15 supersweet."  Upon my return from the market, a search on the Internet turned up the following comment on this variety from the folk's at Bob's Friendly Farm: "Have you heard of the legendary Vidalia onion? FF staff reports this year's sweet onion crop, the Texas 10-15, rivals and even exceeds the Vidalia in sweetness. Bob reports the onions are delicious on burgers and Sarah adds that these onions caramelize well."  

Price: $1/lb. for onion
$2.50/lb. for tomatoes

Copyright 2003 Seasonal Chef