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Jun 4, 2010 07:54 AM

ISO lambsquarters aka lamb's quarters

Not a cut of lamb. It's an edible weed, sometimes called white goosefoot because the leaves look like goose feet. Any sightings in or around LA?



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  1. You can buy it in almost any Latino market of any size. Vallarta, Superior, Northgate González, even El Super has had it. I've never seen it labelled as anything except "quelites" here. Not "goosefoot", not "Chenopodium", not "quinoa leaves".

    If you're looking for organic quelites, they've been available every week for a couple of months now from Sweredoski Farms in Bell Gardens. They sell at various markets but I see them every week at the furthest end of the Irvine market on Saturday mornings from 8-noon.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Hmmmm.... I don't remember seeing it at Vallarta in east LA. I know I've never seen it at El Super in east LA. The selection may be better in the valley. I'll look again.

      Vallarta Restaurant
      563 W Ventura St, Fillmore, CA 93015

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I checked a couple of latin markets yesterday without luck. I don't think I've ever seen them at any latin market I've shopped, so I don't know where you're coming from. Give me a specific market where you've seen them recently, and I'll go there this week.



        1. re: msa

          Odd. I saw it for sale yesterday at my local Northgate (on Euclid and Ball—I live in OC now).

          Sweredoski took the week off from it but should have some more shortly.

      2. Coleman Farms, growers of all things parochial to somewhere else, has them at the Wednesday SM Farmers Market.

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            1. re: aventinus

              Oh good. I am going there this Saturday. Thanks.

              1. re: msa

                I've seen them on Saturdays before, and not just at Coleman Farms.

                Now I don't want to sound repetitive, but give Coleman Farms a call. They don't always bring things like Lamb's quarters to the Saturday market. And if they do it's possible they sell out before you get there. Calling guarantees that you'll get what you're searching for.

          1. Couple updates:

            I found a sole specimen while hiking Elyria Canyon Park in Mt Washington. I was bummed that out of all the weeds there, I couldn't find more than one measly lamb's quarters.

            Also, went to the Hollywood farmers market this morning where one vendor told me she'd get them in two weeks.

            I'm going to try foraging elsewhere. I'll report back if I find some.

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            1. re: msa

              Nice one! If you can't make it out to the Wednesday SM FM, then give Coleman Farms a call during the week and they'll be sure to bring some for you. I also noticed another vendor has them on occasion, but I can't recall who.

              I think they're great for lots of things, particularly if you fold a fresh tortilla around them with some salsa.

            2. I've bought lamb's quarters at the Pasadena Farmer's Market at Pasadena High School on Saturdays. I don't remember the name of the stand that sells them, but it's one that's closer to street-side, south end of the market

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              1. re: Hailyn

                It's Lily Balthazar that sometimes has quelites, at both the Pasadena and Hollywood farmers markets - really good ones. I think the stand is technically called ABC Rhubarb, but I've never heard it referred to as anything but ``Lily's.''

                1. re: condiment

                  I was at the Hollywood market yesterday and nobody had them. But thanks.

              2. Just wanted to let everyone know that I found them at the Echo Park farmers market on Friday afternoon and the organic Santa Monica farmers market on Saturday morning.