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FARMERS MARKET

A look at what's cookin' at L.A. area farmers markets

A look at what's cookin' at L.A. area farmers markets

What's your favorite food at the farmers market? Apples or oranges? Strawberries or zucchini? How about ribs? In fact, it's quite possible that two of the best barbecue restaurants in Southern California can be found only at farmers markets.  Read more...

MARKET WATCH

Good this week: Brooks cherries, Pakistan mulberries, Apriums

Good this week: Brooks cherries, Pakistan mulberries, Apriums

The earliest varieties of any fruit are rarely the best, and it's easy to get impatient this year, when stone fruit harvests are running a week late. Discrimination in varieties is crucial.  Read more...

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ON THE SIDE

Peach farming: risk, worry and obsession

Peach farming: risk, worry and obsession

Summer approaches with the promise of fat, juicy peaches, sweet grapes and a farmer's angst.  Read more...

FARMERS MARKET

In L.A.'s restaurant gardens, freshness is grown to order

In L.A.'s restaurant gardens, freshness is grown to order

Ten stories above downtown, standing in relief against the sky and a mural of the Statue of Liberty painted on the side of a nearby building, chef Jonathan McDowell is picking culinary lavender for crème brûlée and ice cream. From the roof of Blue Velvet restaurant, there's a panoramic view of the city, all towers and cranes and white clouds, and traffic on the 10 and 110 freeways almost sounds like a rushing river -- almost.  Read more...

THE CALIFORNIA COOK

How to cook with farmers market produce

How to cook with farmers market produce

Go to a farmers market and your mind begins to race. Fava beans? What can I do with them? What about the asparagus? And look at those artichokes! Strawberries, mmmm. There are so many terrific ingredients just begging for you to buy them at this time of year that it can seem impossible to decide what to cook.  Read more...

Market fresh: Cooking through the seasons

Market fresh: Cooking through the seasons

Let California Cook columnist and L.A. Times Food editor Russ Parsons serve as your guide to the freshest produce of the season. Recipes included, and updated regularly.  Read more...

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