America's Best Farmers' Markets
Courtesy of Santa Monica Farmers Markets
The Spread: The biggest and oldest of Santa Monica’s weekly markets (there are three others) is this Wednesday gathering downtown. Most of L.A.’s top chefs—including Mark Peel from Campanile and Suzanne Goin from A.O.C. and Lucques—shop here for ingredients like Ranier cherries, snap- and snow peas, and deep-red Vulcan lettuces; nectarines, avocados, and Romano wax beans; and organically grown herbs and specialty bottled oils.
Most Unusual Find: Smoked tomatoes and peppers—which look like sun-dried but have a rich, almost meaty flavor—from Windrose Farms, in Paso Robles.