Saturday, March 24, 2012
Everything is in season right now, from the usual oranges and lemons to tangelos and blood oranges, the last of the mandarin varieties, and the full array of grapefruits, from compact cocktails to giant pomelos. Winter root crops are still abundant, and at their prime right now, on the cusp between seasons. Fava beans are today’s main harbingers of spring.
On this springtime trip to Southern California, a sojourn to the Carrizo Plain was at the top of my must-do list. I’ve made the pilgrimage to “California’s Serengeti” regularly for the past dozen or so years. But since I’m now living in New Jersey, I haven’t been able to visit the plain in spring for the past two years. Wildflowers were very sparse this year for my March 23 visit. Sometimes, the plain has been waist-deep in wildflowers at this time of year. The plain is majestic anyway.
– Mark Thompson
What I Bought
artichokes and kale
Romanesco broccoli and fava beans
Price: $2 for Romanesco broccoli
$3.50/lb. for fava beans
purple (left) and dicico sprouting broccoli
Source: Weiser Family Farms, Tehachapi, Calif.
(left to right) Pinkerton, bacon and zutano avocados
Price: $2/lb. for Pinkerton avocados
$1/lb. for bacon and zutano avocados
Price: $4 small cherimoyas
$5.50 large cherimoyas
$1 for small head of lettuce
Source: Coleman Family Farms, Carpenteria, Calif.
(left to right, top and bottom) tangelo, cara cara pink orange, pomelo, blood orange, aption
Price: $1.50/lb. for pomelo
$2.50/lb. for certifed organic blood oranges
$2/lb. for cara cara pink oranges and tangelos
Source: J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch, Bryn Mawr, Calif. (cara cara pink orange, tangelos) Sycamore Hills Ranch, Fillmore, Calif. (blood oranges)