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Market Report
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Sat., Dec. 15, 2001

The Market:

Laguna Beach Farmers Market
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Lumberyard parking lot next door to City Hall
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

You might think an upscale, artsy town like Laguna Beach, which is surrounded by farmland bathed in a year-round Mediterranean climate, would support a superb farmers market.  Guess again.  The Laguna Beach market is downright pathetic.  About a dozen vendors were at the market today and most displayed a very uninspired array of tired-looking produce.  There were few shoppers. No wonder.  The one redeeming feature of this market is that it is just two or three blocks from Laguna's wonderful beach flanked by rocky bluffs.

Marketgoer: Mark Thompson, publisher of this Web site


What I Bought:

Pomelo (back), Oroblancos (sides), mandarins (front)

While I was unimpressed with this market, at least I found my first pomelo of the year.  The pomelo (the large fruit in back) is an ancestor of the grapefruit. It's chief distinguishing feature is the very thick white rind, which is well suited for candying.  The oroblanco is a cross between white grapefuit and a pomelo, which can also be spelled pummelo. Unlike a grapefruit, the oroblanco can be easily peeled, separated into sections and eaten by hand.

Price: Pomelos $2 each; Oroblancos $1 for three; mandarins $1.50/lb.

Pomelo cross-section

Cocktail grapefruit

These fruit are a cross between an orange and a grapefruit.  They are somewhat sweeter than a grapefruit  and about half way between both parents in size.

Price: $1/lb.

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