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 seasonal ingredients to buy each week and recipe ideas to cook with them. Your farmers’ market adventure starts here!

Market Report with Laura Avery 

Laura Avery talks to Tom Peltier of Lady Bugs Forever, a company that sells beneficial insects and predators to keep bad bugs out of gardens. He talks about how the drought has affected his insects.

Jimmy Williams gives advice to novice gardeners hoping to start growing plants at home. Jimmy says it’s all about the soil. Plus, he shares an interesting fact about greensand.

What You Should Buy This Weekend at the Farmers’ Market

-stone fruit (plums, peach, cherries)

-squash blossoms

-insects for garden (learn more in this week’s segment, above)

-spring onions

-english peas

What You Should Cook With It 

Fried Squash Blossoms

Squash Blossom Frittata

Plum Avocado Summer Salad

Cocktail: Peach Thyme Bellini

Ragout of Spring Vegetables

English Pea and Baby Leek Soup