Farmers Markets in Long Beach, CA

Farmers Markets in Long Beach, CA

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Long Beach residents are lucky to have so many local Farmers Markets to choose from – there seems to be one almost every day of the week! Just this past Sunday, I visited the Farmers Market held at Alamitos Bay. I love being able to visit a market right on the water; breathing in the salty sea air, getting some sun on my shoulders and tapping my toes to the weekly live music.

This week the strawberries and oranges smelled divine. I sampled so many delicious varieties and ended up bringing home some beautiful blood oranges and enormous pomelos. I’m sure they’ll make an amazing citrus salad. I also purchased some delicious heirloom tomatoes, which were a hit in the bruschetta I made for our guests on Oscar Night. (my recipe below)

I’d like to start making the farmers markets part of my weekly shopping trips. If you’d like to visit one yourself, here is the schedule:

Sunday: Alamitos Bay on Marina Dr., south of 2nd Street. 9am to 2pm

Sunday: Old McDonald’s Farmers Market. 5000 E. Spring St. 8:30am to 3pm

Wednesday: Marine Stadium 3pm to 8pm

Thursday: Uptown – Bixby Knolls. 46th St. and Atlantic Ave. 3pm to 6:30pm

Friday: Downtown – City Place Center. 4th St. and Pomenade. 10am to 4pm. (free parking available with valiation at any City Place parking structure)

I am going to try a few more of these markets, and post pictures and recipes for what I find.

Bruschetta Recipe

8 large fresh tomatoes

1 clove garlic

1 tsp sugar

1/2 sweet onion

2 tbsp fresh basil – minced

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

salt and pepper

1 baguette

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 6 tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds (reserve 2 tomatoes for later). Lay tomatoes and 1/2 onion on baking sheet “face up”, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast until soft and slightly browned – remove from oven and let cool. Chop roasted tomatoes and onion into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Dice 2 remaining tomatoes and add to bowl. Add minced basil and sugar, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar – toss to combine. Let marinade until ready to serve.

Slice baguette into pieces, brush with olive oil, and toast under the broiler until lightly browned. Rub toast with a piece of garlic for flavor. Top with tomato mixture. Eat with pleasure.

Enjoy!

@ParkEstatesLB

Coralyn Wahlberg

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

ParkEstatesHouses@gmail.com

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The Wahlberg Group are Real Estate specialists based in Long Beach and Orange County, California.

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