Farmers Market Update

by | Mar 14, 2009
spring vegetables

spring vegetables

Spring is continuing to sprout up all around us here in San Francisco. Today at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market fluffy spring greens mingle with waning citrus crops, in breathless anticipation of the coming stone fruits and berries.
assorted kale
Chard and kale are particularly beautiful these days. Kale comes in so many colorful varieties, just look at this assorted kale braising mix I got at Marin Roots today.

Green garlic is another unique spring time treat, as green onions are to regular onions, green garlic is more mild than your typical bulb and is perfect for spreads and dips. It is also wonderful in eggs or on salad.

I highly recommend the artichokes from Iacopi Farms, green garlicparticularly the baby ones that can be marinated and sauteed. Fennel is another great vegetable to try this time of year.

I haven’t been overly impressed with the fruit lately, though. I am getting tired of citrus, and the apples I tried today were far too sweet for me. Kiwi are fantastic, but I can only eat so many kiwi in a week.

One day soon though, the market will transform into a cherry explosion. I can’t wait!

Today’s Purchases:dried lavender

  • Assorted kale (Marin Roots Farms)
  • Free range eggs (Marin Roots Farms)
  • Baby artichokes (Iacopi Farms)
  • Baby leeks (Dirty Girl Produce)
  • Treviso (Dirty Girl Produce)
  • Broccoli shoots (Dirty Girl Produce)
  • Red Russian kale (Eatwell Farms)
  • Rosemary (Eatwell Farms)
  • Russian fingerling potatoes (Capay Organics)
  • Carrots (Capay Organics)
  • Asparagus (Capay Organics)orange blossoms
  • Gold chard (Capay Organics)
  • Tangelo (Hamada Farms)
  • Clementines (Hamada Farms)
  • Meyer lemons (Hamada Farms)
  • Kiwi (Four Sisters Farm)

Is it spring time in your town yet?

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9 Responses to “Farmers Market Update”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “….fluffy spring greens mingle with waning citrus crops, in breathless anticipation of the coming stone fruits and berries….”Great imagery. Although I do love the spring greens, spring/summer stonefruit are hard to beat; the only thing better is a summer tomato 🙂

  2. A Good Clean Life says:

    How wonderful! Everything looks so fresh and delicious. I long for spring and all that beautiful, fresh produce. It can’t come soon enough!

  3. Michelle says:

    Oh, tease me with fresh spring produce, fine 🙂 Ours opens June 1 and now with my open days I’m going to have a table at the farmer’s market to hopefully help people make good choices and give them ideas about cooking their fresh veggies, also will be teaching lunchtime yoga in the center of the market! Now do you have that in CA?? 🙂 Probably huh.

  4. Healthyliving says:

    Wow, cool orange blossoms!! Looks like you didn’t buy them though? What were they recomending you do with them, was there a wild orange blossom double dog dare recipe for them? I wonder if they are fragrant….?

  5. Scott says:

    Michelle, while I admire your motives (and I like your blog), there is nothing more hilarious than picturing people doing yoga during the farmers market after shopping for veggies and organic soy- love it, does a body good!!!!!!

  6. MizFit says:

    I would LOVE to meet you AT the farmers market some day!how fun!!

  7. Darya Pino says:

    @AnonI think we could be great friends :)—–@AGoodCleanLifeWe are blessed! Come to SF, I’ll show you around!—–@MichelleYou can’t talk too much about teasing, you’re the one living the good life right now 🙂 We don’t have yoga at our market yet, we need you!—–@HealthylivingI was actually too cold to wait around for an explanation of the orange blossoms, but if I had to guess they were probably selling them for the smell. Mmmm…..—–@MizFitNothing would give me more pleasure than bringing you with me to the farmers market. We could taste samples, buy veggies and challenge anyone in our way to a battle of arm wrestling. These 2 freakishly strong little girls could show everyone who’s in charge!Seriously though, I have heard wonderful things about the FM in Austin. Have you ever been?

  8. You purchased quite alot of stuff there, looks like you are on to a cooking spree.

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