Good Food’s Weekly Farmers’ Market Digest

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News, Food, Recipes and Happenings from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

Every week Good Food visits the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and brings the latest news from farmers and chefs in our weekly Market Report segment with market manager Laura Avery.

We also help you cook seasonally and sustainably by recommending some ingredients to buy and recipe ideas to cook with them. Your farmers’ market adventure starts here!

Market Report with Laura Avery

Laura Avery talks to Matt Poley of Heirloom LA about summer shelling beans. Poley likes using beans because they taste good, but they also nourish the soil – a win win for farmers and eaters.

Arturo Reyes is farmer Phil McGrath’s right hand man. He gives us a rundown of the shelling beans they offer from Tongue of Fire to Christmas Limas. Look for fresh shelling beans at your local market.

What You Should Buy This Weekend at the Farmers’ Market

-Asian pears

-Bartlett pears



-shelling beans




What You Should Cook With It 

asian pear slaw

pear clafouti with pistachios

How to Slice and Chop a Melon

Quinoa Salad with Grapes

Deep Dish Apple Pie

Evan’s Summertime Tomato Sauce

Morning Date Smoothie

Produce Hack of the Week: How to Seed Tomatoes

Plus… the Market Report in Action!