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Tastemakers :: Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

September 4th, 2013

There are a handful of culinary experiences I’m determined to cross off my long list before I die — luckily for me, I’ve made lots of progress already! High on the list was a visit to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market (one of the finest in the country) alongside one of my culinary crushes, Amelia Saltsman, author of The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook. We met up at the market bright and early, and as I swooned at the sight of perfectly ripe fruit and abundant greens, Amelia navigated the bounty with brisk efficiency… “These taste early,” she’d proclaim about a nectarine that seemed pretty incredible to a rookie. “Try this. Now this is worth the splurge,” she’d offer me a bite of what her nose and long relationships with growers and producers told her was the crème de la crème. I tasted, and the flavor nearly brought me to my knees, over and over again. Wine-dark strawberries, perfumed apricots, delicate golden raspberries, musky green garlic just developing into cloves, buttery fingerling potatoes, peppery greens: we loaded our bags until they burst at the seams.

In Santa Monica? You can have a market tour with Amelia, too! Check her website for dates.

*photography by Thomas Winslow

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17 Comments under :: Tastemakers :: Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
  1. STEL STYLE says:

    the farmers market in US are really cool, I love them!!

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  2. Those long beans look so good! Love a good farmers market.

  3. kristina says:

    My favorite in this series so far! She really is such an inspiration and I loved this peek into her bag of tricks. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  4. Good ol’ SM. I probably passed you!

  5. Madelyn says:

    I love Amelia’s approach to food……simple and fresh! I will be checking out the cookbooks she recommends. By the way, what is that in the basket in the fifth shot?! it looks like extra long blackberries :)

  6. I love the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market! Los Angeles has a great selection of Farmer’s Markets! We are very lucky to get such fresh produce.
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  7. What a perfect day! The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market sounds amazing, and such great company! Gorge photos. Big hugs! xo

  8. How fun! I’ve been dying to find a good Famer’s Market in our area, but so far…nothing. Thanks for sharing this…swooning!!

    Manda from Eat Cake

  9. stefania salvetti says:

    well if you come back to naples come to my place i will let you taste the BEST of naples… http://www.airbnb.it/rooms/1202148?preview=true

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