Every human and animal is blessed to live in California, one of the top agricultural producing regions in the world. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), "California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. The state produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables."
Unlike our neighbors in the other 49 states, we don't have to get days old, Cali-food shipped across state lines with an increased carbon footprint and possible effect on global warming. We are lucky enough to have community treasures like the Santa Monica Farmers Market to obtain our food fresh and shake the hands of the farmers who grow it.
Of course, even farmers markets can't combat the seasonal, existential foodie depression that occurs every year around the equinox when my favorite summer foods (stone fruit, watermelon) take a vacation and I eagerly await the coming of squash. Read more about my star-crossed, love affair with orange watermelon.
GOODBYE ARTIC SNOW WHITE NECTARINES! I WILL SAMPLE YOUR SWEET CRUNCHINESS BUT CANNOT BUY! I HAVE ALREADY BINGED ON STONE FRUIT THIS YEAR!
Hello late sweet and flavorful season peppers! Thank you for showing us there are silver linings to heat waves and droughts.
If you have been following the California farmers market trends lately, you will have likely heard about the resurgence of tropical and exotic fruits; especially papayas from Damien Raquinio and Adam Rhodes of Golden State Papaya. SECRET TIP: They have 2 varieties "sunrise" and "sunset"; one is sweet and one is more flavorful. Try them both and let me know which strain you prefer more in the comments below!