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Photos From the Santa Monica Farmers' Market

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The Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market is a jewel of Southern California. I like to head over there as much as possible to see what the farmers are up to and what they're growing. The photos below highlight what's good this week!

Chard in every color
Even with the absurd heat we've been getting, spring greens are gorgeous and abundant
Artichokes and asparagus from Zuckerman's Farm
Big artichokes! It's still early in the season for them
I'm seeing a lot of fruit tre branch blossoms sold as flowers this year
Various vegetables from Fairview Gardens
Citrus from J.J.'s Lone Daughter Ranch
Baby greens from Jaime Farms
Squash and flower stems that are good for pickling, at Windrose Farms

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