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Delicious Spree LA to Z...F is for Farmers' Market, Beverly Hills

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LAist is going on a delicious spree around LA from A to Z. This week, F is for farmers' market. We're not blogging about the permanent Farmers' Market at 3rd and Fairfax, but the many certified markets around the southland that offer fresh produce from local farmers. LAist will visit a different market each day this week.

Monday is the slowest day for farmers' markets around the LA area because big weekend cooking has just passed, and the busy-ness of the beginning of the regular work week hits. There are no Monday markets in the OC (and we won't make any jokes about that). In Los Angeles county, there are only three: Bellflower, Southgate, and West Hollywood. Those are a little far for some of us here at LAist who are attached to the Westside, so instead, we plan ahead and jog over to the Beverly Hills market on Sunday morning.

The market is visible from little Santa Monica Blvd; a right down Beverly, and a quick right onto Civic Center Drive is the entrance to the long, free public parking lot. Though there is a string quartet playing live at the far end of the market and there are plenty of people strolling up and down the street, the Beverly Hills market is the quietest one LAist visited. Perhaps the strange, almost eerie, calm is a normal phenomenon of early Sunday mornings to which we are just not accustomed, since we usually wake up long past noon. Saturday nights are usually big for us ;)

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Tomatoes are at the height of their seasonn right now, and though the tempatation is just to bite into them raw like an apple, we restrain ourselves for a more refined approach to enjoying tomatoes.

We had originally tasted bacon-wrapped cherry tomatoes at Geisha House. Though the rest of the food was regettable, the cherry tomatoes stood out, so we had it in our head to try something like it. We wrapped bacon around tomato wedges, roasted them in the oven, and added them to a plate of greens with a fried egg. The greens needed nothing but a little salt and cracked black pepper, since the egg's yolk was still runny, and served to dress the red leaf lettuce and scallions. Croutons were made with garlic and sweet mustard. If there had been some blue cheese in the fridge, that would have been crumbled on top, but *eh* no special trip to the grocery store this time. We just got back from the market, right? Right.

Monday Farmers' Markets in L.A. County
Bellflower - Oak and Clark streets. July to September, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (562) 866-6609.

South Gate - South Gate Park, Tweedy Boulevard and Pinehurst Avenue. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (323) 774-0159.

West Hollywood - Plummer Park, north lot, 1200 N. Vista St. at Fountain Avenue. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (323) 848-6502.