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Happy Finds at the Atwater Farmer's Market

Layne Murphy Jun 11, 2007 07:41 PM

Because I'm such an early bird I usually do the Hollywood Market but Atwater, which starts at ten, is really great because the parking is so easy and the selection gets better every week.

I was thrilled to see the South Central Farmers--who believe in growing their vegetables BIG and selling them CHEAP and nothing is ever short of delicious--have a booth now with wonderful greens and radishes. Delmy, the famous Pupusa maker at Hollywood has sent her absolutely adorable daughter to spin off a satellite in Atwater. There was no line this week but I predict that shortly to change.

I have never tried the locally roasted coffee sold at Atwater because I am turned off that samples are served with non-dairy creamer. Is it worth trying anyway?

Like many others attempting to rationalize putting more thought into food than more practical matters I have a blog with pictures and other food stuff at http://manifeasto.blogspot.com/

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    cfylong RE: Layne Murphy Jun 12, 2007 08:01 AM

    Thanks for the heads up. Where and when is the Atwater farmers market?

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      cjla RE: cfylong Jun 12, 2007 10:27 AM

      It's every Sunday, the posted hours are 10-2, but I think several vendors start earlier than that. They set up in the Wells Fargo parking lot.
      I try to go each week, I think it gets a little fruit heavy, not as many veggies as I see featured at the Eagle Rock FM.

    2. corydon RE: Layne Murphy Jun 12, 2007 08:33 AM

      Thanks for posting this. Atwater is very convenient for me. I went to the market in it's fledgling days and am glad to hear it is taking off. Silverlake is certainly doing better now but Echo Park's Friday market will need some time to get off the ground. I never heard of South Central Farmers but I like the sound of their philosophy which has more to do with gettting people FED than getting chefs the pricey specialty items they need for restaurants most folks cannot afford to eat it more than a few times per year.

      1. Chowpatty RE: Layne Murphy Jun 12, 2007 08:59 AM

        Also, it seems like the prices at Atwater are about half of the prices at Silver Lake and Hollywood. Apricots have been $1 a pound, and several other things are in that range. I don't recall seeing much of anything for $1 a pound elsewhere. Unfortunately, though, there was no basil to be seen.

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          sarahjane RE: Layne Murphy Jun 12, 2007 03:01 PM

          i too found myself at the atwater market this weekend. i don't know if they were from south central farmers, but i brought home two gigantic, i'm talking mutant beets and they were one dollar!

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            Chowpatty RE: sarahjane Jun 12, 2007 03:24 PM

            Hopefully those South Central farmers will start growing basil or something else besides giant radishes!

          2. corydon RE: Layne Murphy Aug 20, 2007 01:52 PM

            Went to Atwater yesterday and the market was a great deal. these are obviously small growers. In contrast, I was at the Ferry Building market in SF last weekend and for the amount of money I spent on a few items, I left Atwater with enough no-spray (but not certified organic) produce to make a big ratatouille (every for this was $1/lb) and a large box of peaches for 5 bucks. Even the Gama Farms eggs I usually get in Silverlake were 50 cents cheaper/dozen. I am sure that when this market gets busier, the prices will go up but this week was the abundant mid-August produce orgy for me. Now how to manage 15 lbs. of ripe peaches?

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              fizzie RE: corydon Aug 20, 2007 02:10 PM

              Nothing better that fresh peach ice cream and it freeze's, so you'll have some for the winter months.

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                Chowpatty RE: corydon Aug 20, 2007 02:23 PM

                I wonder if the tomatoes for $4 a lb. at the heirloom stand are really better than the $2 a lb. heirlooms at some of the other stands.

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                  annalulu RE: Chowpatty Aug 20, 2007 05:07 PM

                  The girls at the heirloom stand will give you a very precise run-down of the flavors of each. I bought one tomato for $3.00 and that was dinner. It was a really lovely tomato.

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