Onions are what's in season at Alex Weiser's farmstand. He has four different varieties available: 1) the traditional brown Spanish onion which stores for up to six months and has a sharp flavor. Even though it's the hottest it is the onion with the highest content of sugar; 2) the white onion, another storing email with a bright, crisp flavor; 3) Bermuda onion. A sweet onion that needs to be refrigerated and eaten within two months; 4) Sweet Sequoia. This variety is most similar to the Maui onion. It's a mild flavor that won't make your eyes burn.
Chef Jean Paul Meteigner of La Cachette Bistro is making all kinds of squash soup. He uses Moroccan squash slices from McGrath Farms. First he roasts it in the oven with leeks and onions then adds everything to 2 quarts of water. Add curry powder and after about 35 minutes let cool. Then blend in a blender. Season to taste. La Cachette Bistro is at 1733 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica across from Le Merigot Hotel. 310-434-9509.