Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner… All at the Farmer’s Market
Start your week off with breakfast at an open-air European style market. Sundays’ Farmers Market in Long Beach is known as the South East Market. It is located in the parking lot of the Alamitos Bay Marina. Walk down any aisle and you can smell the ocean and see beautiful boats docked at the marina. Be sure to arrive hungry because you be able to buy the freshest and most amazing produce, and eat a freshly prepared breakfast. Enjoy a steaming cup of “pour over coffee,” and a perfectly soft poached egg on toast with fresh herbs. It is truly the smoothest and brightest cup of Joe at the market.
Another must have is fresh fish from J&P West Coast Seafood Corporation. Once you have eaten fish from Pete “the fish guy” you will never buy it in a store again. Ask Pete what is good or fresh, and he will tell you, “I only sell the freshest fish available today.” His family started selling fish in 1979, and it remains a family owned and operated business. You can find Pete at Farmer’s Markets seven days a week from Seal Beach to Pasadena. You know it is good fish if he has a line wrapped around his booth before the market even opens.
Enjoy your lunch break at the Downtown Farmer’s Market every Friday from 10 am – 3pm. Ride your bike and Pedal Movement will valet your bike for free while you shop. Grab a quick bite to eat at one of the many food booths, or buy a handmade gift from one of the many local artists.
Pick up Oxnard Strawberries for dessert. You can hear a local farmer say, “They are worth the money, the best berries you can buy.” They are so sweet and juicy they do not need cream or cake. Just rinse and serve. What makes Oxnard berries different than the rest? Simple, it is their location. The berries are raised in the most fertile farms nestled between the Ventura coastline and the Oxnard plains. This combination of heat and sea air creates ultimate growing conditions.
If morning markets are too early, and lunch time is too busy, no worries. Enjoy dinner at Wednesdays’ Farmer’s Market at Marine Stadium from 3 pm – 7pm. This market highlights fresh cooked gourmet food vendors, and a relaxing music in the park atmosphere. Families spread out blankets, eat dinner, and listen to music under the stars. Building community with the help of the local Farmer’s Market. The best part is you can buy wonderful fruits vegetables before you head home.
Fresh seasonal produce tastes ten times better than fruits and vegetables that have been sitting on trucks, boxed in refrigerators, and finally wilting on the shelves in markets. Most produce found at farmer’s markets have been picked within a 24 hour window. This guarantees the ultimate product at your next meal. Do not be shy, talk to the farmers. They are excited to share the details about their crops and the best ways to store and prepare them.
Do not be scared, try something new. For example, a mix of golden and red beets will please even the pickiest of eaters. Scrub the outside of the beet, cut into quarters, toss with a bit of olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper. Roast in the over at 375 degree for about 45 minutes until fork tender. You will have the world’s healthiest root vegetable that is sweet and creamy. Serve as a side dish to grilled fish or toss with baby lettuces for a simple and unique salad.
Farmer’s Markets are a great way to eat healthy, build community, and support local farms. A true feel good event.