Saturday Shopping in Santa Monica

By cjohnson | October 2, 2005 2:48 am

Just not as good a market as my neighbourhood Hollywood one (and of course not at all fabulous), but managed to find a few things.
shopping basket of fresh produce
Better colour balance than my Aspen basket, perhaps? And sure, just like in the Aspen post, share your recipes with us!

-cvj

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  • Sam Gralla

    Are you kidding? The SM farmer’s market is the most famous in the world!

  • Elliot

    And eating a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables will give you a wide spectrum of phytochemicals. Research is increasingly pointing towards the cancer fighting properties of this family of chemicals.

    Good looking and good for you.

    e.t.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/clifford/ Clifford

    Elliot: “Good looking and good for you.” That could be turned into a motto or something. Hmmm. Tell us more about phytochemicals. We could all Google it, but this way is so much more interesting…

    Sam Gralla: “most famous” neq “best”, but I’m guessing you know that…..actually, to be fair, maybe it is the Wednesday one that is supposed to be truly great…. But the Sunday Hollywood one…. it is just great…. a street party, with fabulous people, just across the street from amoeba and the arclight and ….. well, it’s “Good looking and good for you”.

    -cvj

  • spyder

    “Famous” doesn’t make it all that great a “farmers” market; although decades ago it was more so, as most of what is now housing used to be farmland. Spoiled as i am, by a proximity to organic and sustainable farms(there is an important difference) most of my life(even in the fifties when some farms were organic simply because the farmers couldn’t afford the costs of chemical enhancements) i won’t overly gloat about eating what looks good and is good for me. I will note though that buying at the farms isn’t near as expensive and can be in some ways much more entertaining than visiting farmer’s markets.

    You could make a great vegetable minestrone out of that basket of veggies. Not quite fall squash soup time from your choices; but leeks softly sauteed w/ some of the yellow squash and okra can be blended into a chowder adding an array of spices to your tastes, and garnied w/ what i think is parsely under the yellow squash?? I also really like eggplant stirfried and served over potatoes steamed with cauliflower and/ or broccoli.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/clifford/ Clifford

    spyder…. give me ten seconds to post up a new pic…. just got back from the Hollywood market. More stuff to cook for the week…

    -cvj

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  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/clifford/ Clifford

    spyder…sounds good. Actually, those are Gala apples at the back. And that’s the head of the bunch of carrots under them, although there is maybe some thyme hiding in there too. Hard to make out, but I did buy some. Squash buying starts happening in earnest soon…..and yes, there’ll be soups of various sorts on the menu.

    And I very much agree with you about access to farms. I love viisiting farms and buying directly from them and looking around. Have not done that in years. The farmer’s markets in SoCal are just great for meeting with (some of) the people who came straight from the farms that morning with the fresh produce. It’s indeed the next best thing.

    Cheers,

    -cvj

  • erc

    I suggest ratatouille, baked in the oven, with couscous. Very low effort after some therapeutic chopping, and can be shovelled in with just a fork, allowing you to lay on the sofa, read a book, nurse the cat and eat all at the same time.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/clifford/ Clifford

    And give some to the cat…. Cats like Rats*.

    -cvj

    *my abbreviation for ratatouille.

  • erc

    Indeed. The cat also likes banana bread, and pina colada, and spaghetti, and fudge, and any thing that isn’t raw onion basically…

  • Anne

    I once had a cat who used to dig up onions from the garden and drag them around like prey she’d just caught. Not sure if she ever ate them, though…

  • Elliot

    Re: phytochemicals.

    I think this link will give a good introduction.

    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/phytochemicals/

    Basically the phytochemicals are produced by plants and largely display anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidants are good. They are paticularly good in fighting or making less harmful the effects of free radicals. Oxidative stress causes cell damage which in turn encourages mutation which leads to tumor development and growth.

    Numerous studies have demostrated the effectiveness of phytochemicals in both inhibiting cancer growth and actually reducing the size of tumors.

    So have that big multicolor fruit or vegetable salad. And be generous with the garlic (not on the fruit salad of course!) Enjoy that glass of red wine as well.

    Cheers,

    Elliot

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/clifford/ Clifford

    “So have that big multicolor fruit or vegetable salad. And be generous with the garlic (not on the fruit salad of course!) Enjoy that glass of red wine as well.”

    Oh…believe me… I do!

    -cvj

  • Sam Gralla

    Yes, go to the wednesday one. You’ll spend a fortune but you’re sure to be shopping along side the city’s–no world’s–greatest chefs! :)

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/clifford/ Clifford

    Sam Gralla: Yes. I know the Wednesday one. It is good. So is the Saturday one, to be fair. But they are both missing that diversity and fabulousness of the Hollywood one. Also…. Wedesday is not a good day. I have this thing called a job . Makes it harder to shoot around the city. Also, I tend to be on foot, bike and bus and subway during the week. Heading out to Santa Monica would require unveiling and firing up the batmobile, a pleasure I leave for teh weekends as much as I can.

    -cvj

  • janet

    I refer to this time of year as “ratatouille season.” My husband doesn’t like eggplants, so I make big pots of ratatouille and eat it all myself — I take it for lunch every day.

    Phytochemicals are the micronutrient of this generation. It’s good to keep in mind, though, that sudies of the effect of specific nutrients on health are notoriously hard to do because it’s difficult to get accurate records of what people eat over a long period of time, unless they are living in ethnic communities with very consistent dietary traditions, in which case you run up against the confounding factor of genetics. And then, even if you find that one particular food item is correlated with some health effect, you still don’t necessarily know what in that food item is making the difference. There’s pretty solid evidence, for example, that eating cooked tomatoes and tomato products protects against prostate cancer. The speculation has been that this is due to the lycopene in tomatoes, but other lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables don’t seem to have the same effect, so it might be something else in the tomatoes.

    There are plenty of good health reasons to eat vegetables. All that fiber is good for the gut and the cardiovascular system, and if you’re watching your weight, eating vegetables is the best way to fill up without getting too many calories; also, most of the water in our diets comes from food, especially vegetables.

    But the main reason to eat them is that are so yummy! I think that the reason a lot of people “don’t like vegetables” is that they’ve never tasted really fresh, good quality produce. They’re used to what’s sold in supermarkets, which by and large is selected for appearance and the ability to ship and store well, not for taste.

  • http://www.eit.in Ecacofonix

    I love vegetables…and fruits…and well, anything that grows on plants…am even looking fwd to the day when I get my diesel and gasoline from plant oils ( am a self-confessed biofuels nut!)

    I must admit I have not been either to SM or to the Hollywood veggie bazaars (well, I have never been to the US!), but my shopping in and around UK for vegetables have always been a delight…of late of course you find that the fruits and vegetables in London are not as yummy and green and red and yellow as they used to be, and some people even have the imagination to blame it on Osama bin Laden, but I think it is just that the Londoners are becoming more and more synthetic…or may be I am getting too old and fussy!

    Nice pictures of vegetables and fruits…makes me want to go to the market again, though it is not yet time!

    Ec @ Plant Oils WWW Database

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