Somewhere I heard a rumor that SF was supposed to have its first snow in 35 years this weekend. This struck me as odd for a few reasons. First, I’ve lived here 14 years and it has snowed at least twice. Second, though it is very cold, it’s amazingly beautiful outside.
Not surprisingly, instead of snow today it was one of the most beautiful farmers market days of the year. +1 global warming.
In fact, the sun was so bright I could barely capture any decent photos. The long shadows and high contrasts that come with sunshine are usually buffered by the sky in foggy SF. Not today!
But the good news is that spring is everywhere. I think what I’m most excited about is all the delicate salad greens. As much as I enjoy the kale and cabbage we’ve had the past couple months, it hurts my soul to go too long without fresh spinach, arugula and treviso.
If you aren’t familiar with treviso, it is a bitter green (sometimes purple) similar to radicchio. And today at Capay Organics it happened to look like a bunch of roses.
And speaking of vegetables that look like flowers, the artichokes are also looking fantastic. I didn’t get any this time, but will have my eyes out for them next week.
Of course I also stocked up on my obligatory kale and cabbages. They were just too beautiful to ignore, and I know this is the best time of year (especially for the cabbages).
The best part of all? Winter and spring vegetables are some of the most affordable of the year. Since a few people have asked about cost I’ve started keeping better track of the money I spend at the market. For the second time in a row, I came in under $20.
- Lacinato kale (Capay Organics)
- Cabbage (Capay Organics)
- Treviso (Capay Organics)
- Arugula (Star Route Farms)
- Collards (Eatwell Farm)
- Baby broccoli (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Baby leeks (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Parlsey (Catalan Family Farm)
- Meyer lemons (Bernard Ranches)
- Navel oranges (Bernard Ranches)
- Limes (Bernard Ranches)
Market quote of the day: “Yep, every house needs limes. Especially on weekends.”