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Union loves Santa Monica Farmers Market

August 6, 2015

Did you know that it’s national farmers market week? We love our local markets and you can find us every week picking up the flavors that will inspire Chef Kalman to bring you some of your favorite dishes.
The Santa Monica Farmers Market has been nominated by USA Today as one of the top farmers markets in the US.  Please vote by following the link below – and note that you are allowed to vote daily!  Voting goes until August 17th. With your help, they have a good chance of winning, so thank you in advance.  And please be sure to share!

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You guys know we love Weiser Family Farms. Please meet Sir Sid Weiser, the man who started it all. He’s got an amazing variety of eggplants this week.
We picked up some Shoshito peppers…
and lots of fingerling potatoes for Chef’s Gnocchi.
Over at Wild and Local Seafood, Captain Ben had something special set aside for us… this giant, 42 lbs sea bass. Karl, our line cook, could have waltzed with him. This fish was caught only two days ago off the coast of the Channel Islands. Who’s coming in for fish tonight?!
From our friends over at Tenerelli Farms...
We’re picking up our peaches and nectarines, which they have for days. And boy are they sweet.
These beautiful, plump blackberries are from 2 Peas In a Pod Farms where they’ve got berries for days. And they taste just as good as they look.
Our friends at Schaner Farms provide us with a lot of our herbs including basil, and lemon Verbena which our man, Dan is modeling for us here. You can smell the fragrance on these herbs before you see them.
These Schaner Cipollini onions will get used in the gnocchi and the risotto.
Munak Farms is providing us with these green zebra tomatoes that will become the caprese salad. Aren’t they beautiful?
At Coleman Farms we picked up a giant sack of these beautiful radicchio which will be used with our nectarine dish.
Dan gets to pick the table flowers. Today he’s getting sunflowers from McGrath Family Farms and these Craspedia blooms, chosen because of their sunny disposition and because they last forever.