Here’s one of the reasons that I love living in southern California-the produce. As much as I miss a real change of seasons, I would be hard pressed to have to settle for the winter selection of produce in most of the colder parts of the country. I remember those cellophane wrapped packages of vegetables in the grocery store for much of the year. You didn’t even get to choose which pieces you wanted! Yes, I realize that now there are a lot more specialty grocery stores with a better selection of vegetables than in the past, but most people can’t afford to shop daily at stores like Whole Foods.
If I were to move from here, I would place farmers markets near the top of the list of things that I would most miss. Not only do we have farmers selling their wares at outdoor markets almost every day of the week, but I live close enough to visit the famous Chino Farms, pictured above. This is a farm to top all farms and the selection and quality of the produce is stellar. Well known chefs from all over southern California (and some from beyond) shop here for their produce. You don’t have to be famous to appreicate the vegetables that are sold here, you just need to have a love for the best available!
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June 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm
We didn’t always have “those cellophane wrapped packages of vegetables in the grocery store for much of the year” in the New York – New England area. These came about as the big stores moved in. I remember back in the 50s and 60s the open displays.