What’s Fresh at the Farmers Market this Week

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blog82510 001Barhi dates in the rutab stage – this is when the dates are transitioning from their crisp yellow state into a dreamy creamy sugar puff.  Barhi and Halawy are the only dates that can be eaten during the transition – other dates are way too astringent.  Seize the moment and enjoy truly fresh dates now.  Bautista Organic Dates – Wednesday, Pico, Sunday Santa Monica

blog82510 002Three wise men discussing fruit before the market opens l to r: Jeff Rieger of Penryn Orchard Specialties;  David Karp, writer, researcher, raconteur; John Tenerelli of Tenerelli Orchards.  Their combined knowledge would fill an encyclopedia.  Wednesday Santa Monica; Tenerelli sells at numerous LA markets

blog82510 003Eggplant in several varieties to roast, braise, fry or grill.  Combine with spices for delicious flavors.  Peacock Farm and other farmers at many markets