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Market Report
Hollywood, Calif.
Sun., Dec. 16, 2001

The Market:

Hollywood Farmers Market
Hollywood, Calif.
Ivar Ave. south of Hollywood Blvd.
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m.

This market has the liveliest street scene of any market in California.  There is lots of good music -- a blind Flamenco guitar player, a jazz ensemble, an Andean flute trio, etc.  On a street that crosses the two-block section of Ivar occupied by the farmers, there are several dozen craft vendors and food booths offering a varied selection of prepared foods.  There are always a few political leafleteers, and some other public service tables including one occupied by the master preserver program of the local cooperative extension service, which always has an excellent selection of photocopied food preservation recipes. Despite all the lively sideshows, the farmers market is by far the main attraction at the Hollywood farmers market.   The year-round market features dozens of vendors, including many of Southern California's top market farms.

Marketgoer: Mark Thompson, publisher of this Web site


What I Bought:

Assorted Alliums

I found these four sizes and colors of scallions (slender red, bulbous red, slender green, bulbous green), the bunch of fresh onions, and I picked up the leek to round out this selection of alliums.   I can never have too many interesting onions on hand, which I slice up, saute and add to pasta, stir-fry mixtures, grilled-cheese sandwiches, etc.

Price: $.50/bunch for green scallions; $1/bunch for red scallions and white bunching onions; $1.50/lb. for leek.

Yellow Carrots

I didn't do a blind taste test with these, but they weren't noticeably different from orange carrots as far as my palate could tell.

Price: $1/bunch

Honeydew (back) and Casaba melons

Both the honeydew and casaba melons are winter melons, so-called because they're so late maturing that they ripen much later in the season than cantaloupes and other summer melons. Hence they're in season in the early winter.  These are from the desert flatlands of Imperial County.

Price: $2 each

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