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I was looking for Blenheim apricots at the Santa Monica Farmer's market last Saturday, but everyone I asked had only other varieties. Did I just miss the Blenheims?

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  1. I think so... I haven't seen them in a couple of weeks.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      most of them are gone but mike cirone still has a couple of weeks to go. he's in a cool growing area and he says this is his best year for blenheims in 20 years.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        What's weird, though, is that KCRW's Good Food just did a market report feature on Blenheims.

      2. Please say it isn't so! All I saw last week at the Saturday SMFM were baby Blenheims. I don't remember the name of the farm - but it's the lady across from the cheese stands, on the same side as the Bread Man, about two stalls west of him. She tends to mostly have fruit - citrus or stone according to season. I am hoping to get there sooner this Saturday and snag some regular Blenheims.

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        1. re: sweetTooth

          I know exactly the stand you're talking about -- thanks for the tip!

          1. re: a_and_w

            Son of a...missed them AGAIN on Sunday. Looks like I have to go early on Wednesday.

            1. re: a_and_w

              I didn't see any at Hollywood this morning, though I wasn't looking very carefully -- mostly dealing with sticker shock.

              1. re: a_and_w

                I finally got some this Saturday! See Canyon stand at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. They said they will be at the Wednesday market too and probably have about 1 more week before they're gone for the season. The pretty lady at the stand (she used to be at the Weiser farm stand last last year) was going on about infusing these into a liquer and now I've got a bee in my bonnet. Sigh. Has anyone had good results making a Blenheim apricot liquer from fresh 'cots? I keep seeing these recipes that use dried apricots and only a few using fresh ones. So wondering if it'd be worth the money + effort.

                1. re: sweetTooth

                  Rats! What time did you go by?

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    Around 10:30am. Did you go this Saturday as well? When? I went earlier this time versus previous Saturdays when I didn't get there until almost noon. So that may be why I hadn't seen See Canyon Blenheims in weeks past.

                    1. re: sweetTooth

                      I did, but I got there a little before noon. I'll go early on Wednesday.

            2. re: sweetTooth

              Blenheims are usually smaller than other apricots. Sea Canyon always has intensely flavored fruit because the dry farm.

              Oddly enough, I also saw them two days ago at WF on Fairfax and Third.

              1. re: JudiAU

                Yeah, I've had Blenheims in past years. When I said baby Blenheims above, I was quoting the lady selling these. They were really smaller than normal Blenheims.

                1. re: JudiAU

                  I bought some nice, ripe blenheims last night at WF on Fairfax and Third

              2. Got some great Blenheims at the Wednesday Santa Monica market - See Canyon, 2nd from the end on the west end on the south side.

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                1. re: dtm323

                  Yay! Good to hear that See Canyon is still bringing them on Wednesday. I may have missed the stall, especially if it changed it's layout from last year, but I don't think I saw them on saturdays these past few weeks.

                2. A friend who has a farm and comes to Surfas on Saturdays said her Blenheims were ready June 20th

                  http://twitter.com/beegreenfarm
                  http://beegreenfarm.com/index.html

                  1. Sea Canyon will have them for a few more weeks. The sell at the Wednesday SM Farmer's Market. Terrific Blenheim's every year. Their crop is always later than the others.

                    Great prices on a case.

                    1. Peak season is over. Force Field (at SM and Hollywood farmers markets) has the best Blenheims but their season is over. Mike Cirone of See Canyon still has some but probably not much longer. Mud Creek had some last week but they were looking pretty bad. Flora Bella's used to have them but their season is also over.

                      1. Saw them two nights ago at the Long Beach Whole Foods Market.

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                        1. re: CynD

                          I believe I saw some at the Trader Joes on Atlantic in Long Beach.

                        2. It has been a while since this thread was active, but I'll ask anyway: Does anybody know where I can find dried Blenheims in downtown LA? I'm visiting Los Angeles for a few days in november, and having never tried Blenheims (we never get them in Sweden) I really want to get my hands on some. Sadly, I will not have much time to hunt around for them, so any tips are welcome.
                          /Henrik

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                          1. re: hwsoderlund

                            If you can find tine to get on the Gold Line there's a Trader Joe's near the South Pasadena (Mission?) stop. They will have them.

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              Excellent, thank you!

                              1. re: hwsoderlund

                                More details for you, now that I'm on a computer and not just an iPhone.

                                The Trader Joe's is at 613 Mission Street in South Pasadena. Take the Gold Line from Union Station to Mission, walk up to Mission Street, turn left and walk half a kilometre to Trader Joe's. If you want to explore the area, the Mission Gold Line station is in the centre of South Pasadena, which is a (somewhat self-consciously) cute, walkable area, and you can take the Gold Line further to Pasadena as well.

                            2. re: hwsoderlund

                              You can get dried fruits at the Santa Monica farmers market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Not sure if they specifically have Blenheims but it's quite likely that they do.

                              Incidentally, the best Blenheims in southern California are grown by Force Field farm, which is run by a Swedish woman. These are dry-farmed apricots.

                              1. re: hwsoderlund

                                Any Trader Joe's. I recommend the unsulphured apricots. I don't think they really
                                are very much like the fresh Blenheims but they are delicious.

                                BTW, I had delicious Persian Mulberries in Gottland last summer. They're not as sweet as here in California but they're everywhere.

                                1. re: epop

                                  Yeah, Gotland is good for a lot of things. The two things I remember most is the amazing lamb, and a quite special ale called "Gotlandsdricka". It's not really a beer, but the taste is similar. I would describe it as a cross between porter and Coke. Really nice, and gets you wickedly drunk in no time. I think it's like 11% alcohol.

                                  Thanks for the tips everybody, it's too bad I cannot stay longer! :)