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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Santa Monica Farmer's Market-Saturday

The Santa Monica Farmer's Market on Saturdays at the Santa Monica Airport is our favorite farmer's market. When I was Personal Cheffing it was always my favorite weekend stop. All the local farmers are there with amazing produce, but it doesn't stop there. There's bakers, cheese makers, plants, products, and of course Mis Padres has a stand there where we get our Chilaquiles. They are hot, spicy, crazy, good, and Ben and I can share 1 order and we are full.

We had never had chilaquiles before, but we were hooked the first time we got them. Big crispy tortilla chips are sauteed on a flat top, with Mis Padres salsa, onions, cilantro and then topped with grilled chopped chicken and cheese. I'm psycho, so I always add additional salsa that they have out front at their salsa bar. Their food is fresh and these people have a true passion for food and culture. In fact we are on our way over there to partake in some on our lunchbreak today!

There is more to the Farmer's Market than Mis Padres. The purveyors are truly dedicated to locally grown organic produce and it's great to sample all the delicious options before taking them home, to make sure you have that perfectly ripened strawberry or tomato. There are so many favorites I can't even begin to tell you. The herb guy is out of his mind, and they run out of their famous Thyme first thing in the morning. Many of the vendors have extensive selections, and remember, it's important to buy from the little guy. Corporate farming is such a nightmare, and it's really trying to snuff out the smaller farms. I try to buy from the little guy whenever I can.

Okay off to the Farmer's Market!

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