Going to the Farmer’s Market twice a week is somehow never drudgery. Yes, the traffic sucks, and parking is a hassle, but the opportunity for discourse with a lovely cast of characters and the exchange of precious, lovingly produced resources always leaves us in a good mood. We are so lucky to have access to what we have, the freshness and purity of the fruits and vegetables here in Southern California. Feeling grateful is a good feeling. Its’s important, and we thank you Topanga, for supporting us as we enter our fifth year.
A recent visit with old friends in St Remy de Provence has presented an extraordinary opportunity. Thierry Boué and Marcia Kilgore own a classically elegant chateaux, (of the type one dreams about really), in this arid region of southern France. The climate and topography are not wildly different from ours here in southern California.
They have dedicated 3 hectares, a little less than ten acres, to olive production. In total there’s about 550 trees, with about fifty of those pre-dating the destructive frosts of 1956. The resulting product, a tiny production, artisanal, cold-pressed virgin olive oil is being shipped to us here in Topanga, and available nowhere else in the US.
The oil is a blend of equal parts of three types of olives from the AOC Vallée des Baux:
Grossane: a cultivar grown primarily in the Vallée des Baux regions of southern France. Though it can be used to produce oil, it is primarily used as a black table olive. The oil is said to have a delicate flavor with a citrus aroma and slight fruitiness.
Aglandau: Grown primarily in Provence these are primarily used for production of oil, but can also be eaten. The oil is highly valued for its fruity taste, with aromas of almond, green apple and artichoke.
Salonenque: Used in several officially approved appellations, such as AOC Vallée des Baux and AOC Pays d’Aix.The taste of the oil is sweet and delicate
This exclusive blend from Mas de la Gardy, has a complex yet delicate flavor, perfect for finishing your most precious preparations, steamed fish, fresh greens, vegetables, raviolis and more.
We are so excited and looking forward to the arrival of the first shipment.
Found exclusively at Canyon Gourmet.
When a fantastic local couple Josh and Narelle asked us to provide the cheese and wine for their wedding we were pleased to do it of course. The fact that they were going to forgo a traditional wedding cake and instead cut into a beautiful wheel of decadent cheese, inspired us to make something extraordinary for them.
Two weeks of planning, designing, and assembling went into the finished presentation which included large, burled cross-sections of an old oak tree, fitted together and detailed with local vegetation, festooned with wild and cultivted local fruits, all in celebration of twenty-six pounds of carefully chosen cheeses from all over the world….It was extremely gratifying!
We’re proud to be part of this:
I’m a coffee freak, and if you saw my procedure each morning you’d understand. Simple, precise. No machines, Just a classic Chemex, filter, grinder, 208 degree water, and the ultimate beans from Caffe Umbria in Seattle. I now have a full selection of these beauties on the shelves for you.
Three generations of roasters in this family, they were among the first do do this in Seattle, a city known as the birthplace of the gourmet coffee business in the US. they began roasting in the 1940′s before moving to Seattle from Perugia.
The history here: http://www.caffeumbria.com/v2/history.html
The real story will be in your cup at home each day.
Is back in stock, ( pun intended)
Lovely Shiva Rose shared her comments about her recent visit here.
Another very kind acknowledgement in RACKED LA.
Thanks to Heather Taylor!
Daily Candy recognized our little store as being one of it’s Best Finds of 2012. #3 on the list!
We only (re) opened in September. We’re just getting started. They ain’t seen nothing yet….http://www.dailycandy.com/los-angeles/article/141429/The-Best-Finds-of-2012