I made a San Francisco rookie mistake today at the farmers market.
Yesterday was so incredibly beautiful I didn’t think it was possible we could have rain today. I was wrong and should have known better.
Completely unprepared, I found myself at the farmers market in the rain with no umbrella, a light hoodless jacket and tiny little non-waterproof shoes. Consequently, I didn’t feel much like lingering and did most of my purchases at just a few farms.
But despite my quickness to depart, I did notice the arrival of fava beans this week. Exciting!
Another rookie mistake I made was not showing up early enough to get the good strawberries. Anyone who visits the market regularly knows that the most special items tend to be gone by 9am. This morning I was told my strawberries were gone by 8:30. When the weather gets warmer there will be strawberries by the truck load, but until then the early bird catches the worm.
But I didn’t miss out completely. The artichokes I bought last week were so mind blowing that I had to get them again. I also noticed that collard greens are looking particularly tasty.
And though radishes have been around for a few weeks, they are just now starting to look really beautiful.
Carrots have also been impressing me the past few weeks. Every time I eat one I think with pity about all the kids growing up thinking that those flavorless bagged “baby carrots” are what vegetables really taste like. The real thing is as sweet as candy.
This week I finally broke down and bought an heirloom tomato. I’ve been putting this moment off knowing they wouldn’t be quite good yet. But these are starting to look pretty awesome, so I took the plunge. It was good, but not great.
Fresh eggs are not to be missed this time of year. Even if you cannot afford to eat them regularly, I recommend heading to the farmers market and picking some up at least once. You’ll be amazed. Use them to make a special brunch. (Pro tip: Try them with a sprinkle of smoked paprika)
You should also stock up on Meyer lemons while you have the chance.
And though these are things I didn’t actually buy, they are great examples of why I love my farmers market so much. Purple potatoes and low sugar jam FTW!
- Heirloom tomato (Bruins Farms)
- Swiss chard (Iacopi Farm)
- Baby artichokes (Iacopi Farm)
- Leeks (Iacopi Farm)
- Broccolini (Iacopi Farm)
- Collards (Everything Under The Sun)
- Shallots (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Carrots (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Meyer lemons (Hamada Farms)
- Black quinoa (Boulette’s Larder)
Is it spring for you yet?