Slideshow: Market Scene: Santa Monica Farmers Market, California

Berries from Pudwell Berry Farms
Berries from Pudwell Berry Farms

Pudwell Berry Farms offers a beautiful selection of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I opt for the combo box that includes a carton of all three—I tend to eat about half by the time I make it home.

Dates By DaVall
Dates By DaVall

For a sample of something extra sweet, stop by Dates by DaVall. I love to use these dates for baking, but they're delicious on their own for quick sugar fix, as well.

Green Zebra Tomatoes from Munak Farms
Green Zebra Tomatoes from Munak Farms

Have you ever seen Green Zebra tomatoes? These small, but beautiful tomatoes are rich in flavor, with a slight bite at the end. They make a great unexpected addition to a fresh salad.

Herbs
Herbs

A pot of fresh herbs makes a great gift (even if it's just to yourself).

Buckwheat Honey from Bill's Bees
Buckwheat Honey from Bill's Bees

Bill, of Bill's Bees, is one of the friendliest (and most knowledgeable) farmers I've met. His honeys are so delightfully fresh and packed with sweetness that I always make sure to stop by his stand for a quick sample or to restock on my favorites. This Buckwheat honey has a much bolder flavor than standard honey—a personal favorite.

Beeswax Soap from Bill's Bees
Beeswax Soap from Bill's Bees

Bill's wife makes these beautiful handmade soaps (they're a staple in my home). The rose milk and lemon soaps are my favorite scents.

Olives from Adam's Ranch
Olives from Adam's Ranch

Adam's Ranch sells a wonderful selection of olives and olive oils. Dry martini, anyone?

Peaches from Sweet Peach Farm
Peaches from Sweet Peach Farm

Peach season is nice and long in sunny California. I make sure to pick up a few "Last Chance Peaches" from this stand that are ready to eat that day.

Reed Tomatoes from Valley Center Growers Inc.
Reed Tomatoes from Valley Center Growers Inc.

These giant avocados make for some extra creamy guacamole. Whether you plan to eat it that day or later in the week, ask Jose for help in selecting the perfect one.

Organic Pistachios from Santa Barbara Pistachio Company
Organic Pistachios from Santa Barbara Pistachio Company

With over 10 pistachios flavors to sample, it's almost impossible to decide which one to take home. I recommend the chili lemon—it seems to be the company favorite (and mine).