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pamm5959 Jun 28, 2007 09:58 AM

Now I am in search of fresh figs, my local produce monger is currently out and doesn't know when he'll get some in. Has anyone seen fresh figs near the Hollywood/West Hollywood area? I just don't have time to search high and low as party preparations are driving me insane! Thanks for the help.

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    jencounter Jun 28, 2007 10:00 AM

    Don't know if you have a Jon's Market near you, but they have them at the Jon's out here in the Valley.

    1. SauceSupreme Jun 28, 2007 10:11 AM

      Aren't figs an autumn fruit? My parents' tree in Oceanside doesn't seem to bear fruit until September and October.

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        FED Jun 28, 2007 11:02 AM

        figs are a funny fruit: they bear in two seasons. there's a small early crop on last year's branches and then a late summer crop on new growth. the first crop is being harvested right now, but i haven't seen many. one of hte few is Dates by Davall at the Santa Monica wednesday market. he has brown turkeys, which are a workhorse fig but better than no fig at all.

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          Professor Salt Jun 28, 2007 12:02 PM

          I've seen fresh figs at Whole Choice (Irvine) this week.

          So FED's right. They are around. Based on that I'd probably advise you to look at local markets that cater to a Persian / Turkish / Armenian clientele.

        2. goodhealthgourmet Jun 28, 2007 11:55 AM

          had some fabulously sweet ones at the westwood farmers market 2 weeks ago...and you're in luck, that particular market is open on thursdays...you might want to swing by there this afternoon.

          also, i don't know what type of party you're prepping for, but if you need a dessert idea, there's another vendor there called 'chunkomunko' cheesecakes, and other hounds seem to love their stuff...

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/378191

          i've never tried them, but their mini cheesecakes might be convenient for individual dessert servings.

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            pamm5959 Jun 28, 2007 12:52 PM

            Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm doing the chocolate fountain. Will keep the cheesecakes for another time though

          2. liu Jun 28, 2007 12:01 PM

            I saw fresh figs two days ago at Whole Foods, Thousand Oaks.

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              pamm5959 Jun 28, 2007 12:57 PM

              So as it turns out my friend's mother has a fig tree in her yard and it's laden with fruit! Yeah! Thanks for all the help! You guys are the best!

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                liu Jun 28, 2007 01:08 PM

                "...a fig tree..." Oh, yum!

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                  Diana Jun 28, 2007 01:22 PM

                  Lucky!

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                    Normal Garciaparra Jun 30, 2007 02:47 AM

                    Yes, this is California, someone's bound to have 'em in their backyard.

                    "You think they grow on trees?" Well yes they do!

                  2. Dommy Jun 28, 2007 12:57 PM

                    Figs just made their appearence at TJs...

                    --Dommy!

                    1. Das Ubergeek Jun 28, 2007 01:35 PM

                      You can get Mission figs at the Irvine farmers' market, so I assume they must be available at the massive Hollywood Sunday market.

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                        epop Jun 28, 2007 05:22 PM

                        seen them but nothing tasty yet

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                          Das Ubergeek Jun 28, 2007 08:24 PM

                          Really? The ones I bought (and I'm sorry, I don't remember the stand's name -- they're in the third row of the Irvine FM as you approach from the Indian restaurant) were fantastic, especially for the breba crop.

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                            goodhealthgourmet Jun 28, 2007 09:52 PM

                            the ones i sampled at the westwood farmers market were fabulous as well.

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                          Faulkner99 Jun 28, 2007 08:33 PM

                          Elat Market on Pico between La Cienega and Robertson had beautiful figs this weekend, I'm sure they're still stocking them.

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                            ciaoxtina Jun 29, 2007 11:04 AM

                            Good lord, I have been looking EVERYWHERE for fresh figs. Seriously, Jon's? In the Valley? That sounds so damn unlikely that I think I'll go hit one up anyway.

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                              jencounter Jun 29, 2007 11:07 AM

                              Yes, the Jon's at Sherman Way/Etiwanda had them last week.

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                                carter Jun 29, 2007 09:30 PM

                                The Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks on Riverside Drive at Coldwater canyon had plenty of them today, and has had them for about a month now. Not every day, yet most.
                                Bristol Farms had them in Weho about a week ago as well.

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                                  ciaoxtina Jun 29, 2007 09:48 PM

                                  OK, bizarre enough, I went to Costco with a friend today, and lo and behold - huge flats of fresh figs! So I had to buy a pack - not the best flavor, not as sweet and juicy and fragrant as those that you'd find elsewhere (say, even a Jons) but what the heck. It's holding me over since I can't devote my life to looking for them.

                                  I actually looked for the figs at that Whole Foods two days ago and they didn't have them!!! Off day, I suppose. Probably didn't help I went at 9:30 at night, but thanks for the heads up. They are probably about 100x better than the ones in my kitchen!

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                                wilp Jun 30, 2007 06:52 PM

                                Wild Oats had them last year (Long Beach), have not been there in awhile.

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                                  fishyak Jul 2, 2007 10:21 AM

                                  Lots of people are making this way too hard. I GUARANTEE there are fresh Mission and Adriatic (white) figs available next SUNDAY at the Hollywood farmers' street market. Open 8:30 am. On Selma near Hollywood and Vine. Multiple vendors for the Mission figs, one vendor has the white figs.

                                  Last night's dessert - mission figs + cheeses from La Brea Bakery + walnuts + white wine.

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                                    SauceSupreme Jul 2, 2007 10:57 AM

                                    Concur. Most going for $4/pack of maybe 5 (akin to those small strawberry basket sizes)

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                                      Das Ubergeek Jul 2, 2007 11:17 AM

                                      $3-$4 per basket, though there were 8 in my basket.

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                                    ozhead Jul 2, 2007 11:37 AM

                                    I bought fresh figs at Trader Joe's on Saturday.

                                    1. WildSwede Jul 3, 2007 11:32 AM

                                      Not your area, but Joe at the Pasadena HS FM (Saturdays) and the Alhambra FM (Sundays) has them. It is just the beginning of the season - did not taste them, though.

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                                        love2chow Jul 3, 2007 04:17 PM

                                        Fresh figs at Trader Joes when I was there on Sunday. Also, Compartes in Brentwood does figs that are stuffed with apricots and almonds, they taste even better than fresh figs, great on a hot summer day. I also saw the figs at Costco but they didnt look that great to me, so I didn't pick em up. Isn't there a free fruit map of Los Angeles or something like that? You can try googling that and seeing if you can find anything. Enjoy!

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                                          mlgb Jul 3, 2007 07:24 PM

                                          Like someone else said, we sort of late for the early season Turkey figs and I noticed my neighbor's Mission fig is not having the best season (I think it was too dry this winter). So free fruit might not be a worthwhile pursuit. I have seen the Mission figs around in the stores.

                                      2. katkoupai Jul 10, 2007 11:18 AM

                                        If you are still looking, I just saw a bunch of big, juicy figs at Jordan Market in Westwood over the weekend. They looked great.

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