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Autumnal Arrivals at the Farmers’ Markets

Laura Ramirez's persimmons

Laura Ramirez's persimmons

Last week marked the return of Laura Ramirez (J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch in Riverside County) to the Santa Monica and Hollywood markets after her late-summer hiatus. She brings fully ripe Hachiya persimmons, the oblong type you can only consume when they’re utterly soft and jammy. Their spicy, deep-orange flesh is a perfect reminder of right where we are in the season. We’ve been seeing firm, shiny, unripe hachiyas for several weeks now, ones we have to nurture on our kitchen counter or flash freeze to speed up the ripening process, but now that we’re far enough into fall, farmers are beginning to carefully transport the translucent sweet treats ready for eating with a spoon or for autumn puddings.

Laura’s also got pink and red pomegranates, but she is still pretty much in between seasons on citrus and avocados. Yup, those fruits we think of as year-round are in transition right now. Laura does have some unusual Mexican-type small avocados with edible (!) purply-black skin and a rich oil content. They look a bit like little eggplants. This variety has an equally unusual name: Walter Hole.

Also making his seasonal return to the market is California macadamia nut grower Jim Russell, showcasing his new harvest nuts from Fallbrook. New season Cal macs are sweet and crunchy, with undertones of coconut. Our California varieties have more sugar and less oil than Hawaiian macs and are best enjoyed raw rather than roasted. Jim only sells bi-weekly at the Wednesday Santa Monica market, but he does a brisk mail-order business: russellfarms@roadrunner.com.


2 Responses for “Autumnal Arrivals at the Farmers’ Markets”

  1. HELLO LAURA RAMIREZ of JJs Lone Daughter Farms !


    Hi LAURA!

    I am the Indie Filmmaker that used AVOCADOS and TANGERINES from Your Stand On Our Film Shoot to Feed Our Mostly FEMALE INDIE CREW!

    I wanted to be sure to send you an Update on the Project’s First TRAILER that we put out on Twitter/Tumblr Yesterday :

    The Vendor Credits were already put out over the last few months, Urging people to shop at your great stand, and the credits will also be in the Film Itself which is still in editing and we are recording an original album to go with it ! I also periodically will put out posts for various vendors, and mention your Farm as I’ve done : )

    I hope all is great with you and your family !!!!! HERE IS THE LINK TO THE FIRST TRAILER !

    Happy #ValentinesDay!

    #Movie #Trailer #LGBTQ #CivilRights #RockNRoll

    THE LINK IS HERE and it went out on Twitter/Tumblr :


    #Movie #Trailer: eVe n’ god™ this female is not yet rated™ #LGBTQ #CivilRights © Cali Lili™2014


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