My favorites from La Jolla Open Aire Market

Just stopped by one of our favorite farmers, Pure Food. Best kale in town!

Just stopped by one of our favorite farmers, Pure Food. Best kale in town!

As a restaurateur, I have a special appreciation for fresh-picked produce and the best all-natural ingredients. My trips to the La Jolla Open Aire Market are one of the highlights of my weekends, and I often bring home bags of fresh ingredients to make at home on Sundays.

One of my most recent finds was a beautiful basket of fresh tomatoes from Valdivia Farms that I transformed into a pomodoro and basilico sauce and tossed with spaghetti alla chitarra. Simple and delicious!

Here is a list of a few of my favorites from the market:

Blue Heron Farm:
They are my go to for their tender baby greens and baby Swiss chard as well their strawberries when they are in season.

Sage Mountain Farm:
They have wonderful wild arugula and rapini.

Valdivia Farms:
Any of their tomatoes and summer squash are always delicious.

Smith Family Farms:
The crisp and juicy apples are ideal for baking or just for snacking.

Spring Hill Farm:
This stand has fresh butter that is rich and creamy and tastes incredible.

Charlie’s Best Bread:
They use only the best ingredients in their breads including my favorite honey whole wheat.

Pure Food Corp: They are our exclusive kale vendor at Bottega Americano.

Enjoy!

~Giuseppe

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