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FIG restaurant, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, will host a series of farm-centric dinners. Above, chef Ray Garcia's duck Magret. (Ann Johansson / For the Times / April 17, 2009)

Chefs don’t come more farm-friendly than FIG’s Ray Garcia. He even helps teach schoolchildren to grow their own vegetables. And, of course, his favorite farmers market growers are featured prominently on his menus. So when Garcia throws a farm dinner series, you know it’s going to be good. (FIG was listed at No. 43 in Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants list.) The summer series features a who's who of local farmers market heroes.

The first, featuring Camarillo’s McGrath Family Farm, will be Wednesday, June 5. Look for dishes such as Santa Barbara prawns with horseradish and peas, sweetbreads with fava beans and sauce gribiche, and duck with forno beets served family style.

The next dinner will be July 10 and features strawberry kings Harry’s Berries, from Oxnard. On Aug. 21, Tehachapi’s own Weiser Family Farms will star, and on Oct. 21, it’ll be Paso Robles’ Windrose Farm.

Tickets are $65 and available by calling the restaurant.

FIG, 101 Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 319-3111.

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