Farmers Market Update: Late Spring

by | Jun 7, 2009
Summer Squash

Summer Squash

I do not want to call it summer just yet, but we’re certainly getting close. I was finally able to return to my beloved Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this weekend in San Francisco. What a delight!

Last time I visited cherries were just starting to get good and a few apricots and tomatoes were peeking out. Now stone fruits have completely taken over the market, tomatoes are abundant and summer squash have exploded in a way I don’t remember from years past. Truly breathtaking.

Larian & Rainier Cherries

Larian & Rainier Cherries

Organic Plums

Organic Plums

Strawberries are particularly sweet right now, while blueberries are the perfect combination of sweet, tart and crunchy. I saw raspberries for the first time today, but did not get a chance to taste them.

Another remarkable sight was the fresh herbs. Scents of basil, thyme, mint, oregano and lavender infuse the air with the unmistakable fragrance of the coming summer. I couldn’t help but buy all I could carry.

Oregano

Oregano

Spearmint

Spearmint

Some notable early spring items have also disappeared. There are no longer aspargus or *sniff* ramps. Citrus is also on it’s last legs.

Finally, today was the first time I have been to the market since plastic bags were banned. I bought a roll of the biodegradable kind from the CUESA information booth. Some vendors gave them out for free, but most did not. All around the experience is a little bit annoying (I accidentally spilled a bag of cherries on the ground because of the chaos in my shopping bag), but mostly manageable. I do wish there were a better solution, but I’m sure I will get used to the inconvenience eventually.

Salad Mix

Salad Mix

Garlic and Squash Blossoms

Garlic and Squash Blossoms

Today’s Purchases:

What did you find at the market today?

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6 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Late Spring”

  1. Karin says:

    Wow, those squash look amazing- part of it looks just like a watermelon!

  2. Sandra says:

    I think we are about 2-3 weeks behind you in Maryland. I am still anxiously waiting for everything you are describing this week. But I still did have asparagus and rhubarb to console myself with.

  3. Veronica says:

    If you are looking for a great alternative to plastic produce bags, I love these bags I got on etsy. They are very handy at the grocery store and the farmer’s market.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5504806&section_id=5268556

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