Friday, January 31, 2014

My Heart is an Egg?

Have you ever seen a heart shaped egg? Click this link and you'll not only see but learn in easy steps how to make Heart Shaped Hard Boiled Egg yourself. Great idea for Valentine's Day!

The eggs at the Farmers Market in Hawthorne are from Gama Farms and La Bahn. Each have their loyal following.

I regret when I don't anticipate and in a pinch have to buy from our local grocery store. The eggs don't have the flavor and color for my cooking and baking.

/Directions to make a Hard Boiled Egg into a Heart

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Down to Earth Farmers Market taking Up Space!

The Hawthorne Del Aire Market is the Down To Earth Farmers Market taking up Space!
The market may not be the biggest Farmers Market in Southern California however we are the reason why the farmers market system was put into place. 

You will see at this market more than others that customers really shop. They don't come for free samples or a place to pass time. They have a mission. Mission to buy proved as they leave with both hands full; shopping bags filled with goods from the market. 

This market is very special and a big part of what's good about Hawthorne!

19 days into the New Year and Good Weather is bringing out the community to the Hawthorne Del Aire Farmers Market. Here are some answer to questions that we are asked.

How do I start selling at the Hawthorne Del Aire Farmers Market?
Entrepreneurs that are looking at the Farmers Market to expand their customer base will find this link to the Los Angeles County Health Department's Special Event Requirement helpful. Excellent and thorough document that you'll refer to often and need to know before starting and will refer to often.

With approval of the market managers the Health Department will issue you either a quarterly or yearly permit for the fee.

What if I don't have a commercial kitchen?
Cottage Industry AB 1616.
There is a new opportunity for small independents that wish to work from their home.
Effective August 8, 2013, individuals can become registered and permitted as Cottage Food Operators.
Fees for Cottage Food Operator Registrations and Permits will be implemented, as approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Click the above Cottage Industry AB 1616 link for details.

Refer to the Los Angeles Public Health for fees that apply to you. Public Health
Insurance is required naming the Hawthorne Del Aire Farmers Market as additionally insured
Farmers Agriculture Pay 6% of sales - honor system
Non Agriculture Pay 10% - honor system

Each vendor is responsible for their physical set up that includes table, chair, tent, walls, floor, signage, and marketing material.

Official Market hours are from 9am -1pm. Farmers start selling as they set up and close. Selling by farmers prior to 9am with final sale at 2pm.

You can sign up for volunteer opportunities at - Hawthorne Del Aire Farmers Market.

The market sets up in the Da Vinci Charter School Parking lot. Vendors move the barriers and then replace behind them as they enter. Why are we so concerned? The parking lot is used by the public to avoid the traffic light and usually at a speed that isn't conducive to a parking lot. We work to make sure that we are consistent with barriers, reduce the risk of traffic and pedestrians at the same time. I know outsiders think we're absurd. Any outsiders are welcome to stand with me and it wouldn't take long to make them a believer.

The market is not the only activity at the school on Saturdays. Students and adults activities are going on campus. We are not always aware of the calendar however we do our best to be the information booth. We get questions for everything and anything that is going on, on campus.

We will be celebrating the farmers market's Fifth year on July 4th 2014. It's been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. More highs than lows. We're still here and don't anticipate going anywhere but being a wholesome stable weekly community event. The goal is to make money. The money to contribute to the community is in addition to the service of the operation of a weekly Farmers Market. There are real costs that go in to the operation; business licences, insurance, marketing, supplies, agriculture & health department permits. We do not have paid staff. Our market manager who'll you see at 6:30 am setting up and closing at the end of the day is to be paid however she is not compensated for her commitment of time, ability and skill. Her work does not end on Saturday's. During the week there is administrative and marketing for the market and you'll see her out in the community promoting.

Know that any questions that we've not answered here, can be asked when you come out to the Farmers Market. We're open Rain or Shine!

Saturday, January 18, 2014


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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bring it On!

We won't deny that this winter kicked our ..... well, I'll be an example to the children and say those vendors still standing are amazing and we as a market can not express our APPRECIATION for the Farmers & Food Vendors that endured the elements of rain, wind & cold Mother Nature delivered this past winter!  Moving forward the result is a BOUNTY of gorgeous produce.  So this week I challenge you to think Cherries by the handful as is or as a seasonal surprise ingredient to your menu!  What I tasted on Saturday even the dark gems were still not sweet enough however NEXT week they should be on their berry game!!! Bring in ON!!! Bring your Recipes to Share!!! See you Saturday 9-1pm

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

John Koppelman Recognized by Hawthorne's City Council & Mark Ridley-Thomas

Last night John Koppelman submitted a speaker card to address the Hawthorne City Council to update them on the Farmers Market's First Year.  Well, the Council was prepared to address him, thanks to Mayor pro tem Danny Juarez who presented a City of Hawthorne Proclamation for John's tenacity and commitment to the Farmers Market that serves the Hawthorne Community.   "Wow...I'm surprised, I was here to talk about the Farmers Market. I'm very passionate about the Market, it's been a wonderful experience, there Sat I'm setting up and tearing it down, and um... most of the time I'm real enthusiastic, every once in a while I think I should have my head examined,  it's only a fleeting thought." followed by laughter by the crowd. "We have new vendors, the newest vendor has a breakfast burrito, which it's only Tuesday and I'm already salivating. With the variety increasing, families come, kids on their bicycles, a real family atmosphere.  I'm real proud of that. Thanks for the help from the City Council the Mayor, you've all contributed in your own ways, my wife Ema she really is a big back bone, takes care of stuff,  bails me out in a pinch" . What did I say in an early post, behind every great man is a great woman!!! That is Ema. 

Appreciate John's acknowledgement.  "Susan Hillyer our Market Manager she's indispensable, she takes care making sure we have good vendors, she's very aggressive in going out to the farms to assure that our farmers are who they say they are, the market's certified by the Department of Agriculture so we must follow the rules.  You can't bring fruit you buy to sell at the market. Susan watches for that and if it's not in season she picks up right away and goes to the farm. She's vigilant that our reputation stays in tact. Thank you to Sean Walsh, he's been very helpful and he and his wife Robyn sponsored the Jumper at the July 3rd Celebration Thanks Sean."
But that wasn't the end of the evening.  Mark Ridley Thomas who visited our market on July 3rd also wanted to recognize John.  Unable to attend last night's council meeting I presented on his behalf which read "Los Angeles County Commendation to John Koppelman for his dedicated service, to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all the citizens of Los Angeles County."

It was a great evening for John and great to see him acknowledged by the leaders of Hawthorne & LA County - Hawthorne City Council & Mark Ridley Thomas.

You'll see John at the Hawthorne Del Aire Farmers Market 9am - 1pm every Saturday Rain or Shine in the parking lot of Aviation & West 135th Street.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hollywood Salad Bowl

You know it's summer when you've been to the Bowl. The following Salad was my contribution to last nights picnic at the Hollywood Bowl.
Thanks to our Farmers it was a hit!
The evening was tremendous. It was A Beetles Celebration with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins (love him!!!) and special guests Patti Austin, Rob Laufer, Bettye LaVette (must add to my IPod), Todd Rundgren, Brian Stokes Mitchell (Wowza!)
Hollywood Salad Bowl with Blackberry Vinaigrette
Yield: 4+ servings
1 tablespoon olive oil - Olive Press
1 tablespoon minced shallots - Gama Farm
1 teaspoon minced garlic - Vang Family Farm

1 Heirloom Tomatoe Brandy - Vang Family Farm
1 pint fresh blackberries, plus extra for garnish - Santiago Farm
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar - Olive Press
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint - Vang Family
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon - ABC Rhubarb
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup light olive oil
6 cups mixed greens, well washed and spun dry
Mix of Arugula & Amaranth (Chinese Red Spinach) - Vang Family
1/4 Small Red Onion Thinly Sliced - Uristoigi Farm
1/4 cup roughly chopped toasted pistachios - Peanut Dude
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced - Gama
1 Lemon Cucumber thinly sliced - Capay Organic
1 Cup of Chilled Chicken Cubed (poached in lemon water) - La Bahn Chicken & Eggs
In a large skillet, heat the oil over a medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the blackberries and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the vinegars and cook until reduced by half, about 30 seconds.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a blender. Add the sugar, mint and tarragon, and process to a smooth paste. Add the salt and pepper. With the machine running, add the light olive oil through the feed tube and process until smooth.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl and refrigerate until completely cool, about 1 hour.
To make the salads, in a large bowl, combine the greens with the pistachios and toss with the vinaigrette until lightly coated. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
To plate, divide the greens among 4 plates and top with the goat cheese & chicken. Arrange sliced red onion, avocado slices decoratively around the edges, and serve. Garnish with extra blackberries.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Survey Says...

With the help of Survey Monkey we've created a Survey .

The Purpose, to improve the Market as we go into our Second Year! 

Appreciate your Feedback so we can Give Back to what YOU want from YOUR Certified Farmers Market!

Click HERE to participate in the Survey!

Option to enter to win 4 Family Dodger Game Tickets at the end of the Survey!

Thank you!!