Farmers Market Update

by | Dec 13, 2008

white winter pearmain

Today was yet another ridiculously beautiful day at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, despite the forecast for rain. I was really excited to find some new material for my meals this week, because I am completely sick of roasted root vegetables after eating them everyday for lunch since early November. Instead today I focused on green vegetables and fruit.

One of my most interesting discoveries was an heirloom apple called White Winter Pearmain. They look a little like your typical Golden Delicious apple, but the flavor was more aromatic and even floral. You should really explore the apple season this time of year, there is remarkable variety.

Finds like this make me feel so lucky to have this amazing market in my backyard.

I also picked up some kiwi fruit and another new persimmon, the tamopan. Apparently these are known as “hamburger” persimmons. I asked the vendor what they were like, but he did not exactly give a ringing endorsement.

“Funny looking things, aren’t they? What are they like? Don’t have much flavor, to be honest with you.”

I already had it in my hand, so I bought it anyway. I will let you know if I strongly disagree with his grim assessment, otherwise I’ll just spare you and drop it. One interesting fact is that they do have a slightly different shape than other persimmons, almost like a fuyu that has been squished (like a burger?). Maybe that is where they get their name.

Another first for me today was my purchase of Hodo organic tofu. Hodo Soy is a small, local tofu producer with products available at several different bay area markets. I tried it for lunch today and I do admit it was pretty amazing. Definitely get some if you find it.

Today’s purchases:

  • White winter pearmain apples
  • Sierra beauty apples
  • Organic kiwi
  • Chocolate persimmons
  • Hamburger persimmons
  • Rainbow chard
  • Fennel
  • Sweet piquillo peppers
  • Pomegranates
  • Romanesco broccoli
  • Hodo tofu
  • Meyer lemon
  • Baby bok choy
  • Broccoli shoots
  • Kabocha squash
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7 Responses to “Farmers Market Update”

  1. Anonymous says:

    what are those weird red dots that are on most of the yellow apples? marked with a red marker?

  2. Darya Pino says:

    @anon:

    I hope it is natural because if it’s on all of them then I already ate it!!

  3. Allie says:

    I bought some Sierra Beauty apples today too. Delicious!

  4. Zachary says:

    About how much cash do you drop on all this every week? And how does this compare to the prices at supermarkets/whole foods/etc.?

  5. Darya Pino says:

    @Allie

    Sweet!!

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    @Zachary

    $30-40. In my experience the farmers market is a lot more expensive than conventional produce at Safeway but cheaper than the organic produce. It is also much, much, much better quality.

    The farmers market is also cheaper than Whole Foods, by a lot sometimes. The quality at WF is not as good as the farmers market, but WF is much better than Safeway.

    In summary, for the quality it is more than worth the trip/$$ to the farmers market. But you can get cheaper produce if that is what you want (at Safeway).

    If you have the $$ and lack time on weekends, WF is a great option but kinda pricey.

    In contrast to their produce, WF dried goods are some of the best available at prices even lower than Safeway (or Trader Joe’s).

  6. Karin says:

    Just checked your tweets….sorry to hear about the hamburger persimmon!

  7. Darya Pino says:

    @Karin

    I know, bummer. It was probably not ripe enough, so my bad there. Maybe I’ll give it another shot someday.

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