Cold weather days when the tourists decide to stay indoors are the best days to take pictures and make friends at the market.
Oddly enough I ran into Alice Waters today at the Ferry Building–you know, Pol Pot herself. I didn’t take her picture or interrupt her activities; she seemed the be enjoying the anonymity as much as I was so I left her to herself. She was hanging out at Boulettes Larder, probably planning something amazing as always.
Today was also a “field trip” day at the market. I brought along my friends Adam and Emily to show them around, one of whom had never been to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market before. Though it is common for your first market trip to be a life changing experience, not having the huge crowds made our explorations that much more rewarding.
Another thing that made today particularly special is that for the first time in a while, Dirty Girl Produce had a big basket of baby savoy cabbages on display, the very same cabbages that inspired the birth of this blog. How quaint my blog was back then, just like these cute little cabbages. Awwwww.
I bought something called a Bears lime today at Happy Quail Farms. They couldn’t tell me much about what makes these limes special besides them having no seeds. My faithful internet wasn’t much help either. I’m beginning to think maybe this is a hybrid plant created at UC Berkeley….
(Oh wait, I think it is just a Persian lime with a misspelled name. These are probably Bearss limes, even though they are yellow. That just means they are riper.)
I purchased the rest of my citrus at Hamada Farms, because all the stuff I bought last week was out of this world.
Finally, I am really excited to report that Tierra Vegetables has an outstanding assortment of dried chilies and today I found a mixture to make harissa (I found a molé mix too). Harissa is one of my favorite things about Moroccan food, but it is not particularly easy to make from scratch nor is it readily available in grocery stores. I have been craving a Moroccan tagine from my favorite soup book, but have not made it because I was missing harissa. Now I have it!
As you can tell, it was an exciting day for me. I hope your day is just as full of discoveries!
- Baby savoy cabbages (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Dino kale (Iacopi Farms)
- Romanesco (Eatwell Farms)
- Daikon (Chue’s Farm)
- Kiwi (Four Sisters Farm)
- Melo gold (Hamada Farms)
- Chandler pomelo (Hamada Farms)
- Blood oranges (Hamada Farms)
- Navel oranges (Hamada Farms)
- Satsuma mandarins (Hamada Farms)
- Clementines (Hamada Farms)
- Bearss lime (Happy Quail Farms)
- Harissa spice mix (Tierra Vegetables)
- Soul Food eggs (Prather Ranch)
- Pain Epi loaf (Acme Bread Co.)
Anything good at your market today?