December 20, 1987 |
It is 6:30 a.m. and raining cats and dogs as an 80-year tradition takes place. Nearly 100 farmers are crowded together in a corner of the Pike Place Market getting their assigned stalls for the day. Millie Padua, the market master, calls out the names of the farmers in order of seniority. They call back the number of the stall they prefer for selling their wares this dark, dreary December day. At 9 a.m. the same procedure is repeated.
June 13, 2009 |
In this noisy den of brine and ice, scales and slime, fish always have been part meat, part missile. One man points to an enormous white-bellied fish, and another man in a wet apron scoops it up from the ice, hoists it over his shoulder and sends it flying 15 feet toward the counter. "Hali-BUT! Hali-BUT! Heyyyyyy!" six men scream in unison. "Goin' right home! Goin' right home!" The counterman catches the hurtling fish neatly between the head and tail fin and slaps it onto a wrapping sheet.
July 31, 2012 |
The nonprofit organization that runs the Hollywood farmers market and six others, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles , has hired a new executive director. James W. Haydu, who is currently chief development officer of the Mar Vista Family Center and who worked from 2006 to 2011 as director of communications, policy and marketing for Pike Place Market in Seattle, will start Aug. 27, according to a SEE-LA news release. The position became vacant in April when Pompea Smith, who founded the Hollywood market in 1991 and served for many years as SEE-LA's executive director, was fired by the group's board . This came after a tumultuous year in which the organization faced financial difficulties and a struggle over street closures with the neighboring Los Angeles Film School , which threatened to force the Hollywood market to move from its site.
August 3, 2012 |
Among the most lamented casualties of industrial fruit commerce is the Gravenstein apple, whose intense, distinctive aroma, honeyed, floral and fruity, has lodged in the memories of many Californians, emblematic of the careless rapture of childhood. Most plantings in Sonoma, where the variety reaches perfection, have given way to wine grapes and showier, longer-storing and milder-flavored apples, but a few farmers and a Slow Food group have striven to preserve the variety. Still, few Sonoma Gravensteins show up in Southern California, which makes it all the more special that on Aug. 5 and 19, Paul Kolling of Nana Mae's Organics, who tends 75 acres of Gravensteins in Sebastopol, will be selling at the Mar Vista farmers market.
January 11, 1987 |
Dining in Seattle is surprising, especially if you come from a city such as Los Angeles or New York. Prices are reasonable, waiters are friendly, menus unpretentious and the food superb. Perhaps the best place to experience the culinary bounty that feeds Seattle is the bustling, eclectic Pike Place Public Market downtown. "Although lots of visitors come here, it's not a tourist trap," says Seattle resident R. Danner Graves. "A lot of local people still do their daily grocery shopping here.
December 7, 2008
When we asked readers to talk about the places they visited but thought were overrated, the results amazed us. Can someone really dislike the Grand Canyon? Yes. In fact, two readers did. Others registered their displeasure with Italy; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Washington, D.C. For the complete list of comments, go to latimes.com/overrated. And if you agree or disagree, please leave your comments there. Place: Napa Valley Last visited: 2005 My perspective: Coming from Virginia, I thought wine country would be scenic.