I haven’t seen crowds like this at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza farmers market since summertime. The Easter crowds were in full throttle gathering goods for tomorrow’s festivities. Luckily for market goers, the spring vegetables were certainly worth fighting over.
The signs of spring today were particularly apparent at Far West Fungi where wild miner’s lettuce, ramps and fiddleheads were all available. Miner’s lettuce (as I learned last week on KCRW’s Good Food podcast) is a delicate green ideal for spring salads. It’s leaves are shaped like a tiny lily pad with a cone of small flowers growing from the center. Ramps are tiny wild leeks that could very well be my favorite egg addition of all time. Fiddleheads are the tender curls of baby ferns. They can be sauteed and served much like asparagus.
Heirloom tomatoes are starting to appear, though they still didn’t look good enough to buy. But I could tell that one day soon there will be rejoicing at Summer Tomato.
Other notable findings include fava beans, lilacs, asparagus, rainbow chard, sugar snap peas, morel mushrooms, strawberries, artichokes, kale flowers, sorrel and arugula.
Note: The How To Get Started Eating Healthy series will continue on Monday with the next addition, Seasonal Shopping. Consider this post a warm up :D
- Miner’s lettuce (Far West Fungi)
- Ramps (Far West Fungi)
- Baby fennel (Heirloom Organic Gardens)
- Baby lettuces and arugula (Star Route Farms)
- Baby leeks (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Rainbow chard (Capay Organics)
- Carrots (Capay Organics)
- Red kale (Marin Roots Farm)
- Mediterranean cucumbers (Madison Growers)
- Chinese broccoli (Chue’s Farm)
- Garlic (Chue’s Farm)
- Kiwi (Four Sisters Farm)
- Collard greens (Everything Under the Sun)
- Navel oranges (Hamada Farms)
- Raisins (Hamada Farms)
- Eggs (Boulette’s Larder)
- Ono (San Francisco Fish Co.)
- Coffee (Blue Bottle Coffee)
- Pain epi and soup baguette (Acme Bread)