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Your MB Farmers Market: Tuesday, March 20

Heirloom tomatoes, berries, nutritional experts at today's Manhattan Beach Farmers Market downtown til 4 p.m.

It's gorgeous outside today and you can see from the farmers that the season is changing, says Susan Hillyer, manager of the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market, located at 13th Street and Morningside Drive, and held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You'll find the heirloom tomatoes Marble and Early Girl at JR Organics along with calla lilies and ranunculus in red, orange, pink and yellow.

Santiago has blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for you berry lovers!

Smith Farms has organic strawberries today.

Local lifestyle nutritional coach Jayne Justice is at the market to answer questions today. 

Growing Great is also exhibiting at the market today to share healthy activities and recipes, said Hillyer, who notes that a Los Angeles County Nutrition Program Ask the Dietitian is also at the market.

Samples of a Grapefruit, Spinach & Avocado Salad are available, as is the recipe.

Novy Ranch is selling its grass-fed beef and featuring beef for fajitas today.

Atkins Nursery has peppers, tomatoes, a wide selection of herb plants, guava and cherimoya.

Jaime Farms has their white and green cauliflower.

Hillyer adds that honey sticks from Energy Bee would be a great addition to an Easter basket and that Marsatta's has their famous chocolate croissants, made this morning with their handcrafted chocolate.

Kathy Sena March 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Dear Lobster-Roll-Booth guy at the MB Farmer's Market: Your sandwiches are probably delicious. But taking money from people with your gloved hands and then just dipping your hands, with the same gloves on, in bleach water before making the next sandwich, is ocky. A box of disposible gloves is cheap, and changing gloves doesn't take long... 

I was there today, about to drop $15 on a lobster roll, and I asked him about it. He said when he's busy making orders it saves time. Guess I'll wait for the Lobsta Truck to come back to the South Bay. This practice just grosses me out. Before I ordered I asked him what he did re having clean hands to make the sandwiches, since he was there alone and obviously was handling both food and money. He told me what I described above. And then he said he would be happy to do it differently for me if I'd prefer that. But it kind of was beside the point at that point. What other health-regulation corners is he cutting? What kind of health-regulation checks are done at the MB Farmer's Market for the hot-food vendors? I mentioned this on my personal FB page and the reaction seemed to be that this was something for the County Health Department to know about. Seems like, at minimum, you might want to talk with your vendors about basic food-safety practices. Aside from that, the market looked great, I bought a fabulous tamale (where they are always careful re how they handle the food) and some gorgeous fruits and veggies. A beautiful day!

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