So Cal, So Healthy: Farmer's Markets

Posted by Amanda A. Anderson on

You know where to buy the perfect dress for less to wear on your long awaited night out. You know where to purchase the lowest priced gas in your neighborhood. You also know where to grab the best bargained school supplies in town. For a mom, dad, grandparent or daily caregiver on a budget, it is imperative to know where to find the absolute best-for-less cost. What you may not know is where to find the highest quality local farm fresh fruits and vegetables offered in your area.


Admit it, you have struggled to find just the right firm onion, bruise-free potato or not-yet-limp celery in your most frequented market around the way.  Like me, you too, have walked away from your local market’s produce section disappointed, dismayed and empty-handed. Where are the vegetables?

No worries. You can dry your weeping eyes. I can help you find the vegetables because it’s the So Cal Gal to the rescue! I am Amanda A. Anderson, your new host to all that is fruit, veggie and physical activity in Southern California. Together, we’ll journey to the ultimate health oasis for the prevention of cancers, diabetes and obesity!

You’ll learn more about So Cal Farmer’s Markets, where you will discover your veggie destiny and introduce your family to vegetables like the purple cauliflower.  I hope to inspire you. I want to help you affirm your right to eat the freshest and healthiest foods grown. Why should you consume a vegetable if it is not in the best shape possible? Why should your child eat fruits not grown locally?

You’ll become the captain of your household’s healthy ship, and your children will win great health. Did you know eating better could improve your child’s school work?  Stop feeling desperate when it comes to knowing where to access fresh fruits and veggies for your family. In your kitchen, life just became easier.

Check for new blogs weekly, I’ll bring So Cal’s Farmer’s Markets to you through words and pictures so you’ll be enticed to shop for fruits and veggies, locally, at Farmer’s Markets that are close to inner-city and surrounding areas of Los Angeles and beyond.

This week, I visited the Culver City Farmer’s Market. It is held every Tuesday, 2-7pm, rain or shine. Take a look at how alive and festive the Culver City Farmer’s Market is.


Address: Main St, Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 253-5775

Visit Culver City Farmer’s Market website for more information. 

Here are two super yummy recipes from PBS Food you can prepare for your family this week

Baked Apples with Cinnamon


  • 2 lbs apples (either Cortland or Gala for best results), cored and chopped
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Toss the chopped apples with the cinnamon, lemon juice and brown sugar and place in a baking or casserole dish.
  2. Cook apples, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes until soft and juicy. Serve for dessert with ice cream or with roast meat for dinner.

Fact: California is the 5th largest producer of apples in The Unites States.

Roasted Broccoli


  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • optional: 1 tablespoon minced garlic


  1. Lower the oven rack to the lowest level possible.  Place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Cut the crowns from the broccoli.  Remove the outer peel from the stalk and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces measuring 2-3 inches in length.  Toss the broccoli in a large bowl with the oil, salt, sugar, and garlic.  When the oven is heated, remove the baking sheet from the oven quickly.  Carefully transfer the broccoli from the bowl to the baking sheet in a single layer.  Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast the broccolli for 10-12 minutes until the florets are lightly browned.  Serve immediately.

Coming up. Look for the next blog, So Cal So Healthy-Physical Activity around Town. Take an exciting walk through the great Kenneth Hahn Park for all the physical activity and fun your family wants.