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Spring Produce -- L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2014

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SPRING PRODUCE - LA Dish of the Month (May 2014)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for May 2014 is Spring Produce.

Here's a link to the voting thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970179

Because of the tie, LAMB will be the dish for June, and will spare the nominations and voting.

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of spring produce. Anything spring produce-related is fair game. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find spring produce (and all of its various iterations) that you've tried in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating spring produce.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

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    1. Exaclty.

      Congrats again Dirty.

      Once again, you're request has won.

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      1. re: kevin

        Wow, two for two. Imagine that, I'm on a roll!

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Wow, two for two. Imagine that, I'm on a roll!
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          Maybe June can be BREAD month.

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        1. We still have one day left of SHELLFISH, don't we??????

          1. Today at S.M. Farmer's Market I bought:
            Brooks Cherries from Murrays
            Spring Onions and Bloomsdale Spinach from Tutti Frutti
            Purple cauliflower and Yellow Cauliflower from Gloria
            Cherry tomatoes from Gloria
            Purple asparagus from Zuckerman
            Mixed pee wee potatoes from Weiser
            Gaviota Strawberries from Harry's Berries
            Raspberries from Pudwill
            Meyer Lemons and avocado (can't remember the name)
            Herbs from Kenter Canyon
            Little Gems Lettuce from Coleman Farms
            I'll paste this tomorrow if we have a new May thread.

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              1. re: jessejames

                I don't ever recall seeing Kettlecorn at that market. I did, however, by shelled pistachio nuts. So good with olive oil on grilled fish.

                1. re: maudies5

                  cool i go to the one in BH with the best intentions but end up with kettlecorn tamales and dates along with the pea sprouts as a token green veg. Those shelled pistachios are dynamite and i agree nice with fish...enjoy your bounty!

                  1. re: jessejames

                    if big mista showed up at the sm fm that would be great.

              2. re: maudies5

                anyone know when the Persian Mulberries arrive at the Farmer's Market in SM ????

                thanks.

                1. re: kevin

                  I saw mulberries last week. Not this week.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    damnit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    I'm almost thrusting my fists into the air now. :(

                    I missed the boat.

                    oh, well .................

                    1. re: kevin

                      Kevin, you may find them at the S.M. Farmer's Market this Saturday. They seem to be more available on Saturdays. I really like that market.

                      1. re: maudies5

                        Yeah, for some reason, I don't know, why I always think that the Wed market is the standard bearer.

                        But it's really good to know Saturdays are right up there too.

                        I presume they start later on Saturdays like maybe 10am or so ????????????

                        Thanks.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Open at 8:30, same as Wed. Some of the best Farmers on Wed are also at the Sat Mkt. e.g. Coleman Farms, Tutti Frutti, Zuckerman, Weiser, Harry's Berries. Coleman has a better selection for consumers on Sat. I think Wed they reserve most of their supply for restaurants. Wed Mkt is only on Arizona, not second street. Very easy to navigate and fewer people also means easier parking. I tend to use the pay lot at 2nd and Santa Monica Blvd. So easy to get in and out of that lot.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Wednesday has less selection since the restaurants & food brokers buy up or reserve bushels of produce before the rest of us get there.....and even then, I find it very frustrating when they are in front of you in line and buying up entire crates of stuff you were intending to buy a small bag of..... Saturdays not so much, but it is much more crowded with lookie loos and non locals.

                            Sundays at Pac Pal FM do not have that problem, usually.

                        2. re: kevin

                          Eat (mulberries) at Shunji's.

                          1. re: J.L.

                            He pairing those mulberries with desserts these days or do you mean in the savory dishes too ?????????????

                            1. re: kevin

                              As part of the dessert offerings at Shunji's.

                      2. re: kevin

                        Kevin, no Persian mulberries this week in Santa Monica. I did buy a box of the Pakistan variety and they were very good.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Persian Mulberries today 2nd and Arizona Santa Monica Farmer's Market at Weiser Farms. They were $10.00 for a tiny box. I didn't buy any.

                            1. re: maudies5

                              They also had "pink lemonade" blueberries. They look like unripe blueberries and supposedly taste like pink lemonade. I didn't bite either. Harry's was kickin' it in high gear though - Gaviotas were superb.

                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                Made a quick run to BH today to fill in my Harry's tomatoes.
                                Weiser Farms just happened to have the Persian Mulberries at $10. As I am writing this I am eating some Harry's Gaviotas and Weiser Persian Mulberries. Wonderful dessert. Glad I decided to spring for the Weiser mulberries. They are so delicious and bear no resemblance to the mulberries which Pudwill Farms sells. These are just incredible.