Today is the first rainy day Santa Monica has given me since moving here over a month ago. Naturally, the rain decided to synchronize its arrival with mine to the weekly Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. But somehow I didn’t even feel like complaining as I made my usual round through the market. The rain was both unexpected and welcome as I’d nearly forgotten what it felt like to get caught in summer sprinkles.
Sadly, it didn’t last long, and I made my way in and out of the market in well under an hour. Nonetheless, I had ample time to thoroughly explore and admire the bounty.
As a ‘real’ farmer’s market newbie (the markets in Atlanta were absolutely nothing like they are in L.A.), I am working on refining my strategy for tackling my goals each week. For me, it seems be easier if I show up with a very flexible mental list of some items I’m hoping to find based on what’s in the fridge and what meals I’d like to make within the week. I also leave plenty of room for items that simply catch my eye. It’s always fun to be surprised by what looks fresh and different from the previous week.
For example, this week, I knew I wanted kale, herbs, and strawberries, but I also ended up grabbing some absolutely fantastic looking tomatoes after chatting with the guy manning the booth about his favorite varieties. I ended up selecting two pineapple tomatoes and a brandywine tomato, and I am already dreaming of some kind of fresh tomato salad with burrata.
In addition to the tomatoes, I was also lured in by some lovely looking (and incredibly sweet ) citrus from Ojai. I have a soft spot for Ojai after visiting last summer with my aunt and falling in love with the picturesque little town filled with citrus trees.
- My final haul looked like this:
- My mind is already busy planning possible meals for the week featuring my farmers market finds. Rumor has it that NFL begins tonight, so tacos may be on the agenda. Maybe some frozen mojitos, too.
- And I’m definitely blaming it on the mint! 😉