Gallery: Market Scene Profiles: Lani's Farm

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

These heirlooms, slightly larger than your average cherry tomato, were stealing the show at Lani's stand this week. Great for snacking, perfectly ripe and incredibly eye catching, they're hard to resist. The hot weather is at least good for one thing: tomato season! It's finally here, and after last year's disappointing crop, it's a good feeling.

Plum Tomatoes and Tomatillos
Plum Tomatoes and Tomatillos

These bright red plum tomatoes were hanging out on Monday with their husky friends, the tomatillos. Plum tomatoes are great for pasta sauces or really any application where you'd use regular tomatoes, while tomatillos are perfect for salsa verde.

Patty Pan Squash
Patty Pan Squash

These flat little squash, with stunningly beautiful skin, are the driest variety Lani's sells. In addition to these, Lani's also sells yellow and green zucchini, and the avocado squash, which is sweet, dry, and the shape and color of an avocado.

Sweet Peppers
Sweet Peppers

These sweet bell peppers are just like the ones you can get at the supermarket all year round--except they taste about one thousand times better, and they're gorgeous.

Shisito Peppers
Shisito Peppers

These little guys look spicy, but they're really pretty mild. Great blistered in a sauté pan and eaten as a snack.

Ground Cherries
Ground Cherries

Have you ever had a ground cherry? They have a husk like a tomatillo, and they're shaped like tiny cherry or grape tomatoes, but they taste sweet and citrusy and you've just got to get to the market and try one for yourself, because I can't do it justice.

Fresh Chickpeas
Fresh Chickpeas

Here's something you don't see very often: fresh chickpeas in their shells. Sweet and nutty, they can be shelled, cooked for a few minutes and used just as you would in any chickpea recipe. Get 'em while they're still here!

Okra
Okra

Lani's Farm also is selling fresh okra right now, in green and purple varieties. Though they can be used in all of the same ways, the purple okra is slightly drier.

Japanese Eggplant
Japanese Eggplant

Sweeter and more slender than its European brother, Japanese eggplant is perfect for stir-fries and, of course, grilling.

Dried Garlic
Dried Garlic

Spring is over, and with it, spring garlic season. Shed a tear. While fresh garlic is still available around the market, Lani's is already selling their pungent dried garlic, making it easier to cope with the loss of spring garlic.