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Market Report Santa Monica, Calif.
Saturday, July 22, 2002

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

Market Notes:  Besides the items pictured here, today I also stock up the staples of summer: flat-leaf parsley (a plate of sliced tomatoes isn't quite the same without it), a large bunch of basil to turn into pesto, and fresh red onions (to add to that plate of sliced tomatoes and to my weekly gallon of salsa).

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


What I Bought:


Plums are my least favorite stone fruit.  But there are so many varieties in the market today, and they come in such a fantastically wide range of sizes, shapes and colors, that I can't resist picking up a selection.  These are, from left to right starting with the back row, "no name," Green Gage, Elephant, "no name," Santa Rosa, Kelsey, Sugar French and "no name."  The no-name varieties came from trees that the growers couldn't identify.  I intended to do a taste testing to compare them all.  But since some were ripe and edible immediately while others needed a few days, I gave up and turned them over to the family to eat with abandon.  They were almost all very good. I could actually become a fan of this fruit.

Price: $2/lb. for Kelseys, Santa Rosas and large no names; $2.25/lb for Green Gage; $2.50/lb. for Elephant and Sugar French; $1/basket (approx. 1lb.) for small, black no names 


Price: $2/lb.

Jalapeno pepper

I make salsa by the gallon all summer using the tomatoes from by backyard garden, and you can't make salsa without jalapenos. 

Price: $1/basket

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