Slideshow: Market Scene: Spring Onions, Strawberries, and Artichokes at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market

Sweet Spring Onion, Finley Farms
Sweet Spring Onion, Finley Farms
Only at your local farmers' market will you find young spring onions, tender and still marked with dirt.
Fiesole Artichokes, Green Family Farms
Fiesole Artichokes, Green Family Farms
Of all the artichoke varieties, my eye is always drawn to the wine-purple hue of the small fiesole. Who said bigger is better?
Giant Artichoke, Green Family Farms
Giant Artichoke, Green Family Farms
Then again, size seems to be key with these artichokes, advertised confidently as "Best Artichokes Ever!"
Hass Avocados, Garcia Organic Farms
Hass Avocados, Garcia Organic Farms
Garcia Organic Farms grows avocados year-round, but there are only a couple more weeks to get your hands on the Hass variety. Run, do not walk.
Shelled Peas, Thao Farms
Shelled Peas, Thao Farms
For those who don't have time to shell their own peas, Thao Farms offered peas already ready to devour. I loved the small bowl meant for scooping.
Kohlrabi, Finley Farms
Kohlrabi, Finley Farms
These purple kohlrabi stood out in a sea of green.
Brooks Cherries, Summer Harvest
Brooks Cherries, Summer Harvest
Brighter than their Bing cousins, Brooks cherries are a welcome sign of the summer that's to come. Cherry season is short, so get some before it's too late.
Asparagus, Green Family Farms
Asparagus, Green Family Farms
Asparagus was in abundance at Green Family Farms, where these green stalks are grown year-round.
Meyer Lemons and Honey Tangerines, Garcia Organic Farms
Meyer Lemons and Honey Tangerines, Garcia Organic Farms
Garcia Organic Farms is enthusiastic about their citrus, and these meyer lemons and honey tangerines beg to be taken home.