Sunday at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market

by Ann Marie Michaels on October 14, 2012

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Mar Vista Farmer's Market

I love LA. We have some of the best farmer’s market in the country. One of the closest farmer’s markets to me is the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market which happens every Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm.

We’ve had great farmer’s markets in Los Angeles for years, but they just keep getting better and better. You won’t believe the stuff you can find at our farmer’s markets. If you think farmer’s markets are just for fruit and vegetables, you’ll be blown away.

Pirates at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market

Argggh, matey! The pirates were out in full force today, getting everyone pumped up for Halloween. Seriously awesome costumes. The pirates had the best props: bottles of rum, hatchets, fake bloody teeth, peg legs, plenty ‘o cleavage, real parrots, and a pet rat (“pi-rat” — get it?).

Yes on Prop 37

And I finally got myself a Yes on Prop 37 pin. I’m going to wear it every day from now until the election.

Sunday at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market

Here’s what I bought today at the farmer’s market:

  • Pastured pork fat for lard
  • Two kinds of goat cheese – truffle and pepper & shallot
  • Six pounds of grass-fed beef brisket
  • Six pounds of pastured chicken heads
  • Six pounds of pastured chicken feet
  • A pound of pastured Polish sausage
  • Two packs of marinated anchovies and some squid and seaweed salad

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Jimenez Family Farm

The pork fat is from Jimenez Family Farm. I’ll be using it to render lard. Hurray, it’s officially pie season!

The pork at Jimenez is pesticide-free, antibiotic/hormone-free, and non-GMO. I’m so happy to finally have a source of local pastured lard here in LA.

If you visit them, please ask them to start using lard for their pies instead of vegetable shortening (they could sell some with vegetable shortening for the vegetarians). I would have bought a pie today if they had made the crust with lard, but I think they need some convincing.

Oh and did I mention that they said they will sell me a whole pig? Head included. Oh, boy! I can’t wait to make head cheese. Yes, I will blog about it and post the recipe.

Jimenez also sells lamb and rabbit, and they sell lamb fat for lamb tallow.

Soledad Goats

I’m totally addicted to the goat cheese from Soledad Goats. The flavor is out of this world. I can’t stop eating it.

Dey Dey’s Best Beef Ever

The brisket is from Dey Dey’s Best Beef Ever, one of my favorite farms in Southern California. I’m going to make brisket tacos in the crock pot tomorrow.

I also love Dey Dey’s chicken heads and feet, which I use for making chicken stock. Lots of gelatin, yo!

Dey Dey’s also sells raw milk, butter and cheese from Organic Pastures. Organic Pastures recently changed their recipe for their cheddar and I have to tell you, it’s now my absolute favorite cheddar.

They’ll also sell you a whole steer, or a half or a quarter. This is the easiest and most economical way to buy grass-fed meat — just fill up the chest freezer.

How About You?

Did you get to the farmer’s market this weekend? What did you buy? Please share in the comments.

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