Monday, May 28, 2012

Altadena Farmers Market: Big Mista, Plow & Gun Coffee, Oysters, Fox Pizza Bus, Mother Moo and Molonay Tubilderborst bread !

The new Altadena Farmers' Market opens Wednesday and if it sounds like one of the most interesting ones around, it's not surprising -- it's the brainchild of Joseph Shuldiner, founder of the Institute of Domestic Technology and designer of the Eat: Los Angeles books. Sponsored by Altadena Heritage, this is a farmers' market unlike the rest in L.A., since seven backyard farmers have become certified to sell at the market including Silver Lake Farms and (sub)urban farmers from Glassell Park and Whittier. Plus, the selection of prepared foods is a cut above most markets, including ventures like Twist and Jar handmade wild-yeast pretzels and homemade mustard, from Glendale and Plow & Gun Coffee, a hand-roasted drip coffee bar and coffee soda from Altadena.

Where: Loma Alta Park, 3330 North Lincoln Avenue, Altadena
When: 3 pm to 7 pm Wednesdays
Who: Farmers including:

  The Garden of…- organic produce and flowers, Los Olivos
• Kenter Canyon Farms – Salad green mixes and herbs
• Suncoast Farms – Dried beans, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables.
• Elsers Country Farm – Organic family farm, Yucaipa
• Farquhar Farms – Family farm, Redlands
• Muir Ranch — John Muir High School garden, Pasadena
• Drake Family Farm — Farmstead goat cheese, Ontario
• Jubilee Farm — Berkshire Pork, Grass fed beef, chicken, turkey, eggs. Sacramento
• The Growing Home — Diamond Bar (sub)urban farmer
• Flora Ito's Garden – Glassell Park (sub)urban farmer
• Silver Lake Farms – Local (sub)urban flower grower, Silver Lake
• Etheridge Organics — Organic stone fruit, citrus, cherries, Dinuba
• Ellwood Canyon — Organic produce, Santa Barbara
• The City Farm — (sub)urban farmer Reies Flores, chicken and duck eggs, Glassell Park
• Whittier Backyard Farms — (sub)urban backyard greens, Whittier

Prepared Food Vendors:
• Big Mista' BBQ — Pulled Chicken & Pork, Brisket, Turkey Tri-Tip, Pastrami
• Plow & Gun Coffee — Hand-roasted drip coffee bar, coffee soda, Altadena
• Pine Street Products — Handmade soaps, Altadena (sub)urban farmer
• Molonay Tubilderborst— Wild-yeast artisanal breads, Downtown L.A.
• Sqirl Preserves– farm-centric artisinal jams, Silver Lake
• Deisy's Tasty Food — Salvadoran Pupusas made of thick, hand-made corn tortillas with fillings
• Beyond the Olive – California olive oils with a fill-it-yourself station
• Fox Pizza Bus — A double-decker London bus kitted out with a wood-fried pizza oven, Los Angeles
• Mother Moo – Organic Ice Cream, Sierra Madre
• Twist and Jar — Handmade wild-yeast pretzels and homemade mustard, Glendale
• Gary's Knife Sharpening — Expert knife and garden tool sharpening while you shop
• Shucked Oyster Bar — Fresh oysters, muscles, clams and prepared fish

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