It's the middle of summer and I didn't plant a garden this year but thank goodness for the many Farmer's Markets in Southern California! I have heard some snooty opinions on the "Best", usually hours from where I live but the best ones for me are always Locally Grown! I like supporting the small backyard farmers and local growers in my neck of the woods...they are like neighbors to me. Often I am surprised to find out they are acquaintances who soon become friends as we do business together...that means samples and specials and set asides!
It is good to know that there are people in my area who are equally concerned about the toxic effects of pesticides and herbicides so they grow their own food and in the process have extra to share in the local Farmer's Markets. I find everything I need in fruits and vegetables except maybe lettuces since we live in such a hot summer area, they don't do well. Now I just have to get someone to grow golden beets for my favorite roasted beet salad...although one of my new faves is a purslane (weed) salad with a lemony garlicy dressing and good crusty Italian Semolina bread from the market.
That's another great thing about the Farmer's Markets...wonderful breads, marinated garlics, olives, homemade cheeses, local honeys, homemade soaps and so much more. LOVE IT! Go visit one and don't forget to recycle your grocery bags or take your cloth ones. Don't know where you can find one? In Southern California the Los Angeles Times has a great interactive map here and nationally here. Have fun!