Happy Finds at the Atwater Farmer's Market
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/
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.
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.
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.
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?