Farmer Armando Garcia of De Luz, in northern San Diego County, escaped fire damage from the Rice Fire last week. He, his wife and infant daughter evacuated. The fire came within one mile of his farm and house.
Laura Avery also talked with Troy Regier of Regier Farms near Fresno, whose Satsuma Mandarin tangerines are in season now. They are sweet, easy to peel and delicious. Great for kids.
Alex Weiser of Weiser Farms is featuring Purple Hull Pink-Eye Southern Peas. They are like black-eyed peas, but their eyes are pink. These fresh, dried beans can be easily shelled by placing them in a pillow case and beating them with a stick. The peas or beans will fall to the bottom of the sack.
Visit the Westwood Farmers' Market on Thursdays. They've relocated to the Vet's Garden area of the Veterans' Administration in Westwood and are noticing a real drop in business. The market setting is really gorgeous, amongst trees and lots of free parking. In addition to organic produce you can see wild birds that were rescued from smugglers. There are also plants for sale, with all proceeds going to Veterans' programs. If you work in the area it's a great way to stock up on fresh produce for the week.
Westwood Farmers' Market
Vets' Garden at the VA
Sepulveda Blvd and Constitution Ave
Music break: Music to Drive By by Alan Moorhouse