I decided to break up my return trip from Mountainview, and stay overnight in Torrance. Of course I had an ulterior motive - a visit to the Torrance Saturday CFM. We used to make a 90 mile round trip from Rowland Heights to Torrance every other Saturday when we lived in LA. Our first stop would be the Torrance Farmer's Market at around 8-830am. The farmer's market stretches the entire length of the Wilson Park parking lot. In our time in Los Angeles we had been to just about every farmer's market - Hollywood, Santa Monica, even the Monrovia Farmer's market. But Torrance remains our favorite. It's a no-frills, no people watching, no great chef's out looking for produce, farmer's market, but there are several vendors selling excellent Asian vegetables, and lots and lots of fruit vendors. When strawberries are in season you can smell them from a block away, even faintly (more like smoggle-berries, though) two blocks away.
Today, the star of the show were these Sugar Lady Peaches, sweet and intense in flavor; ripe and ready to eat. I also picked up some kumquats and ripe figs for the Missus. I then went hunting for vegetables and picked up some long green peppers, Asian Eggplant, and baby bok choy. Sorry no pictures; I just dived right on in and grabbed my veggies.
Once done, my usual strategy is to go back to the car, unload, and wander around and take in the sights and sounds. One of the most busiest stands is this one - they've been there since we first started going to this farmer's market in the late 90's.
There is usually a "Hawker" pushing the peaches, strawberries, or whatever; and a table of samples. After I took this picture I stepped up and had some samples (breakfast...) and a guy started sampling a bunch of nectarines. When I made the return trip he was still there, now working on the peaches! There are samples at every stand - Costcos' got nothing on this place! So you can get a nice Saturday Brunch in as well.
On this trip I noticed alot more food vendors - in addition to the old time Sausage, Crepes, and Thai stands, there's one with Peruvian food, a peanut roasting stand. I decided not to imbibe, but couldn't resist, the Kettle Corn! But who can?
It was getting hot, and it was almost 9am, so I decided to jump in the car and head to stop #2 - Marukai Gardena.
Torrance Sat CFM
Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw