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Chef Stefano De Lorenzo of La Botte in Santa Monica is shopping for heirloom tomatoes, grapes and oxtail at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. He uses fresh tomato water instead of regular water to make his pasta dough. He then braises the oxtail in its own juices to create a tender sauce for his pasta. He dehydrates the grapes to make raisins that he then adds to the oxtail pasta along with fresh pine nuts.

This time of year Adams Olives Ranch has fresh olives at the Wednesday and Saturday downtown Santa Monica Farmers' Markets. This is the first harvest of the year and rather than fermenting the olives they are fresh cured in water and sea salt. Due to a large harvest this year the fresh olives should be available through the holidays and possibly until February.