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A Guide to the Best of Southern California : RITUALS : Stopping for Greens

June 23, 1991|RUSS PARSONS

On one side, the sign reads "Beautifully Yours"; on the other, "Deliciously Yours." That just about sums up Annie's, a roadside flower and vegetable stand operated by the Ishibashi family on Palos Verdes Drive, just above Abalone Cove. A visit to the 47-year-old stand is a weekly ritual for many on the Palos Verdes Peninsula; some regulars say it should be declared a historic site.

James Ishibashi and his wife, Annie, farm about 30 acres near Portuguese Bend that they lease from the Palos Verdes Unified School District. They grow flowers, from fragile arctic poppies to sweet peas to ranunculus. And their fruits and vegetables have been in demand as far away as Chicago. Depending on the season, you can find chard, beets, beans, tomatoes, squash and lettuce. All summer you'll find the sweetest strawberries anywhere.

Annie's is next to the public parking for Abalone Cove County Beach, Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.

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