Restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila finds the Farmers Market Fairy
Her profile says it all: "Too busy to get to Local farmers' markets for fresh, organic fruits, veggies, meat, & fish? I'll hand pick everything & deliver to your home. Call 213-304-8682." I checked @farmersmktfairy's website to find out more. She has a listing of farmers market produce on her site. Pick out what you want, then give Farmers Market Fairy a call. If you like, shell buy what you need for specific recipes, custom-tailoring the order to your taste and your budget. Or even buy from your preferred farmers.
Her route takes in almost every farmers market in Los Angeles, and she delivers to a long list of neighborhoods. What does it cost for this luxurious service? The price of your veggies and fruits, plus a surcharge of $30 to $40 or more, depending on the size of the order and the delivery distance.
Not inexpensive. On the other hand, when the going gets tough, it's like hiring a part-time personal assistant in order to save you a couple of hours shopping.
For myself, going to the farmers market is such a highlight of my week, I can't imagine giving the job to someone else. But for those who just can't get there, (orders can be made up to 10 p.m. the night before), Farmers Market Fairy is waiting for your call.
Disclaimer: I have never tried the service and know no one who has. But if you've used it, let us know.
Farmers Market Fairy; www.FarmersMarketFairy.com; FarmersMarketFairy@gmail.com
-- S. Irene Virbila
Illustration: Farmers Market Fairy. Credit: Ian Patrick