Clearwater Farms in Kern County grows shiitake mushrooms year-round, but last week marked the start of the season for wild chanterelle mushrooms.
Grapes from K&K Ranch
K&K Ranch in Orosi, California, grows these delightful old vine berries using no fertilizers or pesticides. The Natural Red Flame Grapes are tart and sweet, and their season has just begun! K&K also has delicious Soy Mitsu Japanese white peaches, Kadota and Black Missions figs and more.
Tongue of Fire Shelling Beans from McGrath
Creamy and rich, these beans can easily replace the cannellinis in your favorite summer salad.
Black Mission Figs from Avila & Sons
Kadotas, Adriatics, Turkish and Black Mission figs abound at the Hollywood Farmers' Market. Try them roasted with a little olive oil and serve with some mascarpone cheese and black pepper for a light summertime dessert.
Silver Queen Corn from Tamai Farms
Octavio Dias and I bonded a few years ago over the fabulous ice cream I made from his farm's incredibly sweet corn. From Oxnard, just 50 miles away, this corn is as fresh as can be and can't be beat by anyone at the HFM.
Alex Weiser Grows Galas?
Alex Weiser is venturing into new territory with apples and Anaheim chiles this year. Crisp, tart and sweet, they make me long for fall...a little.
Purslane from Lily Balthezar
Lily says she'll only have this fresh, crunchy herb for a few more weeks. It's tasty in salads; try it in a fatoush!
Watercress from Lily Balthezar
This herb, combined with arugula, pine or walnuts, pecorino and some Weiser softneck garlic makes for an incredible pesto that will make you think, who needs basil?
Spicy Peppers from Peacock Family Farms
Scott Peacock always has the most beautiful display at the HFM. This week, in addition to the purple-striped Calliope Thai eggplants and the snowy white Claras, he had a rainbow of spicy peppers, from Carmens to Seranos, to Spicy Hungarians and Sahuaros.
French Plums from Mud Creek Ranch
It's easy to get caught up in the Geo and Dinosaur Egg pluots and to forget about more traditional plums like the French and Italian plums from Mud Creek Ranch, but these delightfully sweet-tart specimens shouldn't be overlooked.
Persian Mulberries from Mud Creek Ranch
If you have white carpets in your house, or are afraid of foods that might stain your counters, clothes, or fingers, steer clear of the incredibly rare Persian Mulberrries. That way there will be more for me.
Maitake Beecher, King Oyster and Giant Trumpet mushrooms cultivated by Geanne and Jim Davis from San Diego.