Farmers Market Update: Noe Valley, Tomato CSA and Other Adventures

by | Aug 2, 2009
Tomatero Organic Tomatoes

Tomatero Organic Tomatoes

It was an action packed day this Saturday in San Francisco. I started the morning by checking out the Noe Valley farmers market on 24th Street then headed off to the Ferry Building to buy a few more things and chat with the people at Epicurious.

Although I have been to the Noe Valley farmers market before, it had been years since I spent any real time there. For a small market, the selection was really impressive. Many of the farms I recognized because they also have booths at the Ferry Plaza farmers market. Others I would be happy to see there.

Melons

Melons

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

I had the most fun at the Tomatero Organic Farm stand where their selection brimmed with summer bounty, especially tomatoes. I came out to the Noe Valley market to try Tomatero tomatoes because they are (drumroll, please) starting an all tomato CSA this year!

If you have ever tasted Tomatero’s tomatoes, you know how exciting this is.

Deliveries begin on August 18 and go until the end of the season. There will be 3 pick up locations, 2 in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco and one in the Lake Merrit area of Oakland. The cost is $15 per week and will include whatever varieties they have in stock. For more details please visit the Tomatero website.

Flame Grapes

Flame Grapes

White Raspberries

White Raspberries

While I was there I also purchased some of their zucchini, spectacular white raspberries and some eggs–which I promptly left on the counter and forgot 🙁 I’ll go back and get them next week.

Everything was spectacular.

Other Noe Purchases include:

  • Edible flowers and lettuce (Happy Boy Farms)
  • Piel de sapo melon (Happy Boy Farms)
  • Spring onion (Happy Boy Farms)
  • Rosa bianca eggplant (Capay Organics)
  • Thai basil (Sunny Farm)
  • Green onion (Sunny Farm)
Red and Green Okra

Red and Green Okra

Pluots

Pluots

Even though I bought a good amount of food in Noe Valley I still wanted to head to the Ferry Building. I can’t help it, I just love it there.

It was a beautiful day and I tried so many kinds of stone fruit I should have probably just counted it as my lunch. One of my main reasons for heading there was to get some Rancho Gordo beans. I asked for a new recommendation (I’ve tried many of them before) and the woman working there nearly exploded with excitement about a new bean they have from Mexico, Alubia Criollo. This is a white bean that she claims is so creamy and luxurious it is to die for.

I can’t wait.

Also exciting is that the early girl tomatoes are finally available, even the ones from Dirty Girl Produce. Folks, early girl tomatoes are the summer tomatoes that changed my life. Definitely get yourself some this season from Tomatero, Dirty Girl or wherever you can find them.

Huge Zucchini

Huge Zucchini

Early Girl Tomato Frenzy

Early Girl Tomato Frenzy

Another reason I visited the Ferry Building was to check out the Epicurious booth that will be hanging around at various SF foodie events this week, giving out free tote bags and goodies. If you haven’t heard of Epicurious, it is a fabulous online resource for food lovers.

Epicurious Booth SF

Epicurious Booth SF

Nectarines

Nectarines

Apples have also appeared at the market, and there are more grapes every week. They are delicious, but it is hard for me to buy grapes when there are so many stone fruits and melons still around.

I’d love to hear what you got at the farmers market this week.

Tomatillos

Tomatillos

Ferry Plaza purchases:

  • Alubia Criollo beans (Rancho Gordo)
  • Flavor queen pluots (Honeycrisp)
  • Flavor king pluots (Honeycrisp)
  • Basil (Dirty Girl Produce)
  • Pagoda figs (Balakian farms)
  • Sweet Italian frying peppers (Happy Quail Farms)
  • Ginger flowers (Happy Quail Farms)
  • Arctic Jay white nectarines
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3 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Noe Valley, Tomato CSA and Other Adventures”

  1. There was not a farmer’s market visit for me, but we harvested a lot of cherry tomatoes and full grown tomatoes. The full grown ones included some Jet Stars, which are one of my favorites, and a Thessolonica, which I hope to try tonight. This week I also had my first Waltzer Tomato, which was very good. We have also harvested lots of cucumbers, including some white ones, summer squash, herbs, and a large variety of peppers. Mmmm!

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