May 4, 2012 |
The intense sweetness, distinctive knobbly appearance and mysterious provenance of the Temecula Sweet mandarin have endowed the fruit with a mystique. Farmers market citrus vendors from De Luz, just a few miles from where the fruit is grown, say customers often ask for the variety and wonder what it is, but there's only one source, and that's a most secretive and gorgeous citrus farm, just west over the mountain from the suburban sprawl of Temecula. In a pristine valley of chaparral and oaks along the Santa Margarita River, the last free-flowing waterway in Southern California, across from a nature reserve where mountain lions prowl, is a 24-acre grove of Temecula Sweet.
April 28, 1999 |
The Westchester farmers market, held Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on West 87th Street at Sepulveda Eastway, may be overshadowed by the concurrent Santa Monica market, but it has a small-town charm of its own. Steel drums resound and Pacific breezes cool the 1950s street-scape while jets from LAX roar overhead. The vendors are mostly familiar from other farmers markets; the local customers are pleased to have them.
July 10, 2002 |
The Huntington Beach farmers market enjoys the most beautiful location of any market in the Southland--right along the beach. It's a colorful scene in summer as tourists and surfers looking for a snack rub shoulders with local homemakers. Vegetables are the market's strong suit.
January 30, 2002 |
When Saddleback Valley Plaza looked for a manager to launch a farmers market in El Toro last summer, Sandy Heil took up the challenge. For seven years she had helped her husband, Rick, with farmers markets in Corona del Mar and San Clemente, and her children were old enough so that she had the time. Last Thursday, as her market finished its sixth month of operation, she had only one complaint: Rick "has never even come by once to visit," she said with a smile.
October 20, 1999 |
Situated below a cliff a few blocks from the ocean, the Laguna Beach farmers market draws an affluent local clientele. Last Saturday, Janet Mason tended a small stand with sweet cantaloupes and honeydews, plus tender baby spinach, which she delivered from the Imperial Valley, where her family owns thousands of acres of farmland. Mason and her mother, Miriam Harthill, tend the stall themselves and donate the proceeds to the Kelomar Assistance League, a charity that helps children.
October 22, 2013 |
Here comes Halloween, bearing down upon us like a hearse with bad brakes, and your family is way behind in its fall rituals. No worries. Here are three farms, all within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, that are all tricked out for the season with corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches and something called a “pumpkin cannon.” Go forth next weekend -- or during the week, if you're unbound by traditional school schedules -- and make hay while the...