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At the Wednesday Altadena Farmers Market: Consider the Oyster

Consider all the other fruits, vegetables, beef, nuts, and confections as well – but, oh those oysters

For those who love oysters, and I’m of that tribe, eating a perfectly fresh, small, just-shucked oyster is like diving into a crystal clear, clean, cold ocean. It’s the taste of a Pacific Northwest and Canada of my childhood.

Today, I found oyster heaven in Loma Alta Park, at the Shucks Oyster Bar. You can eat the oysters right there if you so choose, standing at the bar, dipping into a few condiments (lemon and horseradish, just a suggestion). Or you can take some home.

What else can you find at the market? Lots else. For instance, the Beyond the Olive booth. The olive oil is fresh – bottled the same day from vats of olive oil harvested in November or January, depending on the variety. If you like a bite of grassy goodness, try the Ascolano.

Sweet, you want sweet? Try the Bourbon Caramel Sauce at Morning Glory Confections.

And of course there are fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef (not just grass-fed but “grass-finished,” which apparently means the animals aren't fed corn and grains leading up to the final weeks when, uh, they'll no longer be with us.)

It’s a beautiful farmers market, and right here in Altadena. Today was my first visit. If I sound enthusiastic, overly enthusiastic, then blame the oysters. Oysters are known for inducing various enthusiasms. And I believe it, because – true story – I can’t wait for next Wednesday.

Christina July 26, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Those oysters are pretty miraculous. Other great treats: the coffee soda (yes, it sounds weird, but it is wonderful), Milkman's cheeses (he had a swoon-worthy Manchego last week that made me think of you and your love that particular cheese), the big, tender heads of red butter lettuce at that stand whose name I forgot. I agree with you about the Ascolano. Mmm.
Lori A. Webster July 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Agreeing, too - although I'm not an oyster lover, I did think it was a great addition to an eclectic, varied, and yes, wonderful, farmers market!
Ericka July 26, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Hit up the berry man - best berries ever! Also try Mother Moo's ice cream - the perfect treat in the hot summer.
Karin Bugge July 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Making a list. And I see Emily Green, one of my favorite gardening writers, has a booth called Old Soldier Citrus which I'll definitely check out next time.
Lorraine Pozniak July 26, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I almost had an oyster from Shucks last week because he said one kind he had tasted like urchin and I LOVE URCHIN. I'm an old oyster and clam bar girl from my New York days. I might have to try one... I went to this farmers market last week, for the first time, because it was a cloudy day and not too hot. I can't really go now because it's Ramadan, and for the next 3 weeks, I fast from before 5AM until almost 8PM (daylight hours). I really missed it yesterday, too...I was itching for a coffee soda. That stuff is addictive and he's such a cutie patootie. It was really hard going to the farmers market at Victory Park last year during Ramadan. It would be super duper hard for me to go to this one while I'm fasting because everyone is so super duper generous with their samples. It is a wonderful farmers market and I'm sorry I didn't start going from the beginning.
Christina July 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM
That is Emily Green?!? Oh my, I've had a brush with greatness and I didn't even know it. Now I'm going to have to drum up a convo without sounding like a freakish stalker-fan.

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