Farmers Market Update

by | Jan 10, 2009
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Lucky be the ones who found their way to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this morning. It was bright and sunny, so naturally I expected a bone-chilling cold down at the Embarcadero. But by global warming some miracle it was actually pleasant today, approaching 70 degrees. T-shirt weather if I’ve ever seen it.


It would be hard to imagine a more beautiful mid-January morning at the market.

This week the produce was very similar to what I found last week. Fennel is starting to become more abundant, as you can see by the main photo. And the pomelos seem to just keep getting bigger and bigger.

As for my purchases, the kohlrabi I bought last Saturday got me excited about root vegetables that are edible raw. So today I got a couple lo bok, a green relative of the daikon or Japanese radish (sorry I didn’t get a good picture). These vegetables are super crisp and moist, with a texture similar to jicama. They are relatively sweet for a vegetable and make a great appetizer or side dish when cut up into slices or sticks.

I also tried to buy some kaffir limes, but the guy said he forgot them this week and will definitely have them next week. I got an assortment of other citrus fruits to make up for it.

The most notable new purchase I made today was a whole free range chicken from the Golden Gate Meat Company. That’s right, I bought meat! I want to make a soup this weekend to take with me to work for lunch. As always, I will keep you posted on my experiments.

I also stocked up on tamarillos.

Today’s purchases:

  • Free range chicken (whole)
  • Tamarillo
  • Lo bok
  • Rio red grapefruit
  • Cara cara orange
  • Blood orange
  • Meyer lemon
  • Kiwi
  • Romanesco
  • Chinese broccoli
  • Traditional broccoli
  • Kabocha squash
  • Dino kale
  • Pink lady apples
  • Pomegranate
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Yirg coffee

Any of you find anything interesting today?

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5 Responses to “Farmers Market Update”

  1. Healthyliving says:

    Wow, a whole chicken! I’m excited to see your recipe- I think chicken noodle soup is such a drag, but would love to find a simple, healthy, tasty recipe that uses a whole chicken.

  2. Karin says:

    Remind me what you do with Tamarillos? I cant fully remember what you ended up doing with them….. and whats up the increase in fennel? Is it fennel season? I kind of think of fennel as an onion, but with a different flavor profile (I always cook fennel the way I cook onions). What else are you favorite things to do with fennel?

  3. Darya Pino says:

    @HealthylivingI made a soup with it this weekend and will be eating it for lunch all week. —–@KarinI just ate my first tamarillo raw and it was delicious! It reminded me of a mixture between a kiwi and a tomato in texture, but the flavor definitely had hints of guava. If you live in the Bay Area you should stop by McEvoy ranch (Ferry Building) and pick some up while you have the chance!

  4. Meg Wolff says:

    Wow, you are SO lucky you can get ALL these things in your FM in the winter!!

  5. Darya Pino says:

    @MegThank you, it is truly a blessing. If you are ever visiting SF definitely go the the Ferry Building on Saturday morning (psst–the earlier the better).

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