I was completely out of control at the farmers market this weekend. It’s embarrassing really. I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to NOT buying stone fruit and berries. None.
Consequently I spent way more money than I normally do at the market. But after thinking about this for a few hours I realized I would be crazy to have done otherwise.
There is no other time of year when you can get perfect, meaty, sweet and tangy cherries in 3 or 4 different varietals. Apricots come in all shape, sizes and colors, and a mushy one cannot be found among them. Plums and pluots are like the hand-picked candy of God herself. There are only a few weeks left in blueberry season, but boysenberries and blackberries demand your undivided attention. Strawberries are as sweet as they will ever be.
What else was I supposed to do?
But at $5-8 dollars a pound it put a serious dent in my wallet. The thing is though, these are real treats. I cannot buy them the rest of the year even if I wanted to. The cheaper ones at Safeway are not even worth discussing.
I easily spent $30 on fruit today, which I never do. Luckily the luscious kale I bought was only $1.75 and is 2-3 large servings. The baby savoy cabbages came in at under $2 as well.
The summer squash I bought last week from Lucero farms were ridiculously sweet and delcious, especially the yellow ones. They are even good raw! I bought a bunch more this week, as well as a few of the self-proclaimed “world’s best cucumber.”
A few eggplants are starting to show up too.
For those of you who are as excited about summer tomatoes as I am, Oliveto restaurant (Oakland) has started Tomato Watch 2009. Tomato Watch is an online video journal documenting the tomato crops of some of the best tomato farms in the Bay Area. Don’t miss the action!
For the first time I bought soy milk from Hodo Soy, the maker of my favorite tofu. I’m lactose intolerant and therefore prefer soy milk in my breakfast cereal and coffee (unsweetened, full-fat soy milk, of course). Traditionally I have bought Silk brand unsweetened soy milk, but I recently learned that since Silk was bought by Dean Foods they have switched from U.S. grown organic beans to conventional soy beans largely imported from China. I think it’s safe to assume everything from China is filled with lead and cyanide (kinda kidding, but kinda not), so I no longer buy Silk. I’ve been experimenting with Wildwood, but I thought I would try something new this week. I’m interested to see what Hodo can do.
There are so many amazing varietals of stone fruits at the market right now I can’t even pretend to keep up with them all.
Do you have any favorites? Please tell me about them in the comments!
- Bing cherries (Paoletti Farms)
- Orange-Red apricots (Frog Hollow Farm)
- Gold dust peaches (Frog Hollow Farm)
- Boysenberries (Lagier Ranch)
- Blueberries (Triple Delight Blueberries)
- Baby savoy cabbages (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Spring onions (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Salad mix (Star Route Farms)
- French breakfast radishes (Star Route Farms)
- Arugula (Star Route Farms)
- Baby eggplants (Hamada Farms)
- Summer squash (Lucero Organic Farms)
- Cucumbers (Lucero Organic Farms)
- Basil (Chue’s Farm)
- Garlic (Chue’s Farm)
- Kale (Green Gulch Farm)