After two weeks of miserable cold and fog the sun finally came out today in San Francisco and the crowds found their way to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. It was a blast!
I faced a unique challenge while shopping this weekend. A few days ago my refrigerator died and to my dismay we cannot get anyone out to fix it until Monday. *Gasp!* That meant no greens, berries, eggs, or a bunch of other goodies I had been looking forward too. I was panicked at first, but once I started shopping I realized I would continue to eat like a queen this week as usual.
What can sit happily on the counter for a few days? Summer tomatoes, of course!!
But the fun doesn’t stop there. I also loaded up on peppers of all shapes and colors, sweet corn, eggplant, summer squash, carrots, potatoes, onions and more stone fruit than I’m comfortable admitting to.
Yep. Life goes on, even without a refrigerator.
I also spent some time today with the nice folks over at Bella Viva Orchards. We talked awhile about all the wonderful summer produce and discussed a number of ways to enjoy peaches, one of my favorite stone fruits. Delicious! I will post a link to the interview when it goes out in their newsletter in a couple weeks.
On that note, the best finds at the market right now are peaches and nectarines, pluots, melons, squash, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, greens, corn, onions, berries (there was a berry tasting event today too) and fresh beans. I was surprised today to see that grapes are also starting to appear, sweet and crisp.
Oh, and the cherry tomatoes I got are da bomb. You should get some.
What are your favorite scores from the farmers market this weekend?
- Assorted heirloom tomatoes (The Peach Farm)
- Cherry tomatoes (The Peach Farm)
- Poblano peppers (Happy Quail Farms)
- Sweet peppers (Happy Quail Farms)
- Thai dragon chilies (Chue’s Farm)
- Chinese eggplant (Chue’s Farm)
- Yellow peaches (Bella Viva Orchards)
- White peaches (Bella Viva Orchards)
- Nectarines (Bella Viva Orchards)
- Pluots (Bella Viva Orchards)
- Nectarine (Frog Hollow Farm)
- Summer squash (Lucero Organic Farms)
- Carrots (Marin Roots Farm)
- Small lettuce (Marin Roots Farm)
- Fingerling potatoes (Zuckerman’s Farm)
- Corn (G&S Farms)