Growers Direct - Costa Mesa
In a messy tangle of streets, in the Bermuda Triangle where the 55 freeway turns into Newport, stands Growers Direct, a small market which sells fresh and seasonal produce. It's mostly known only to locals who enjoy the good fortune of having a veritable farmer's market that's close to home and open everyday.
And lucky they are.
Entering the store, your eyes are immediately assaulted with more vibrant colors than a television test pattern. Then your olfactory sensors are smacked with the floral aromas of ripe fruit and the fresh bounty of the garden. But before you collapse into a botanical stupor, pay attention or else you'll be run over by the ever busy stock boys, who are constantly on the move, replenishing the supply and removing any undesirable pieces from the lot.
Minding your step, pick up a hand basket and help yourself to a sampling of mother nature's greatest offerings to herbivores.
Verdant celery stalks, cold and crisp, its green sprigs are still misted with beads of dew. Tight bundles of spring onions with its hollow tubes standing as straight and rigid as sticks are colored like the deepest and darkest emerald. A carefully arranged pyramid of spherical honeydew melons has a sweet fragrance which snakes up and invites all passing nostrils to take a long, deep sniff. The zucchini has soil still clinging to it, having been pulled out of the ground barely hours before. Crimson tomatoes, round and plump, which has taut, smooth skin with nary a blemish could stand its own against the Noxema girl.
All this at prices you'd normally find at Asian or Mexican grocery stores. By this, of course I mean "cheap." More money left over for paying off that convertible!
101 E 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627