Good Food’s Weekly Farmers’ Market Digest

Market manager Laura Avery catches chef Ray Garcia shopping for beets. Ray serves a marinated and fried beet "milanesa" torta at BS Taqueria. Plus, farmer James Birch of Flora Bella Farm discusses his freshly dug purple majesty potatoes.

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The beet torta at B.S. Taqueria. Photo: Dylan + Jeni

Every week Good Food visits the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and brings the latest news from farmers and chefs.

Market manager Laura Avery catches chef Ray Garcia shopping for beets. Ray serves a marinated and fried beet “milanesa” torta at BS TaqueriaPlus, farmer James Birch of Flora Bella Farm discusses his freshly dug purple majesty potatoes. Hear their conversation below and enjoy this Southern California inspired Margarita recipe courtesy of BS Taqueria.

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What You Should Buy This Weekend from the Farmers’ Market:

Pattypan squash from J&J Organic Farm out of Santa Maria. Look for squashes with a bright color that are heavy for their size.

Purple majestic potatoes from Flora Bella Farms in Three Rivers. Listen to farmer James Birch discuss his potatoes on this week’s Market Report.

Blueberries from Murray Family Farms in Bakersfield.

Yellow Peaches from Burkart Farms in Dinuba. Naturally tart, they mellow as they ripen and soften.

Recipes for your Market Haul:

Tom Bergin’s Boxty with Summer Squash, Sweet White Corn Purée & Irish Cheddar

Fork Crushed Purple Majesty Potatoes

Blueberry Pecan Streusel Crostata with Cold Cream

David LeFevre’s Grilled Peach Salad