Despite the San Francisco weather–more gloomy than sunny–it is actually summer. That means pluots, peaches, nectarines, figs, melons, eggplant, corn, peppers and, of course, tomatoes.
Could anything be more perfect?
The tomatoes are especially amazing right now (don’t miss the early girls!), and I’m finally ready to make my favorite summer tomato recipe, bruschetta! Tune in tomorrow for my easy recipe.
Something else I’ve noticed lately at the market are the over-sized carrots, which look perfect for turning into soup or other mashed concoction. Likewise, big heads of cauliflower are starting to reappear, which are fantastic for vegetable stews. Last week I turned mine into Moroccan soup.
I’ve also noticed apples, grapes, mature onions, mature garlic, and other foods that are decidedly post-summer fare. Take this as a sign that you should eat as many plums, peaches and melons while you can. Fall is right around the corner.
Speaking of plums, the very short 3-4 week season of French plums (fresh “prunes”) is peaking and they are spectacular. I bought a full bag to have with breakfast this week.
What did you find at the farmers market this weekend?
- Early girl tomatoes (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Cipollini onions (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Fresh basil (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Corn (G&S Farms)
- Assorted peppers (Happy Quail Farms)
- Mediterranean cucumbers (Happy Quail Farms)
- Israeli melon (The Peach Farm)
- Cherry/sungold tomatoes (The Peach Farm)
- Heirloom tomato (The Peach Farm)
- Purslane (Marin Roots Farm)
- Arugula (Marin Roots Farm)
- Sugar snap peas (Iacopi Farm)
- Kale (Green Gulch Farm)
- French prunes (Glashoff Farm)
- Chicharrones (Fatted Calf)
- Beef jerky (Fatted Calf)
- Three Africans (Blue Bottle Coffee)
- 2 baguettes (Acme Bread)