Good Food’s Weekly Farmers’ Market Digest

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Laura Avery enjoying some Sweet Rose strawberry ice cream made with Tamai farms’ Albion strawberries.

Every week Good Food visits the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and brings the latest news from farmers and chefs.

This week market manager Laura Avery and Chef Bruce Kalman of Union in Pasadena discuss the minimum waste stream of root-to-leaf cooking. Plus, Aja Tamai of Tamai Family Farms discusses her sweet mini peppers and three varieties of  honeydew melons – honeygold, honey dewlicious and summerdew.

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What You Should Buy This Weekend from the Farmers’ Market:

Persian and American cucumbers from Millikin Family Farms with growing locations in Santa Barbara and the Coachella Valley. Great both fresh and pickled!

– Melons and sweet peppers grown by Tamai Family Farms in the Coachella Valley. Listen to Aja Tamai discuss her produce on this week’s Market Report.

The murrayberries from Murray Family Farms are only available for one more week. They are especially great for preserves and pie.

Fava and yellow wax beans from Valdivia Farms in Carlsbad. Growing beans in your home garden will naturally enrich your soil with nitrogen.

Recipes for your Market Haul:

Baked Cucumbers

Easy Pickled Peppers

Barbuto’s Lemon Raspberry Crostata

Pasta with Sausage and Fava Beans

Dill Pickles