Farmers Market Update: Summertime

by | Aug 23, 2009
Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Despite the San Francisco weather–more gloomy than sunny–it is actually summer. That means pluots, peaches, nectarines, figs, melons, eggplant, corn, peppers and, of course, tomatoes.

Could anything be more perfect?

Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar Snap Peas

Pluots

Pluots

The tomatoes are especially amazing right now (don’t miss the early girls!), and I’m finally ready to make my favorite summer tomato recipe, bruschetta! Tune in tomorrow for my easy recipe.

Something else I’ve noticed lately at the market are the over-sized carrots, which look perfect for turning into soup or other mashed concoction. Likewise, big heads of cauliflower are starting to reappear, which are fantastic for vegetable stews. Last week I turned mine into Moroccan soup.

Cauliflower and Cucumber

Cauliflower and Cucumber

Carrots

Carrots

I’ve also noticed apples, grapes, mature onions, mature garlic, and other foods that are decidedly post-summer fare. Take this as a sign that you should eat as many plums, peaches and melons while you can. Fall is right around the corner.

Organic Shallots

Organic Shallots

Organic Garlic

Organic Garlic

Speaking of plums, the very short 3-4 week season of French plums (fresh “prunes”) is peaking and they are spectacular. I bought a full bag to have with breakfast this week.

Early McIntosh Apples

Early McIntosh Apples

French Prunes

French Prunes

What did you find at the farmers market this weekend?

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8 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Summertime”

  1. ps says:

    I always see purslane at the market, but I never know what to do with it. I’ve read that it’s very nutritious. Does anybody here have any suggestions?

  2. Darya Pino says:

    It’s succulent and a fantastic addition to salad. Another thing I like to do after I’ve made a stir fry with vegetables and legumes is toss it with quinoa, tomatoes and purslane for a more hearty dish.

  3. Diana says:

    Aww…your beautiful farmer’s market photos are making me miss my Saturday stop. I had to give it up to help a friend move…at least it was for a worthy cause! 🙂 Hoping to hit mine up sometime this week.

    Which farmer’s market are your photos from?

  4. Matt Shook says:

    I picked up lots of fresh local corn, fingerling potatoes and carrots…pretty basic picks, but I’m gonna start experimenting with some soup ideas.

  5. fast cooker says:

    The carrots make me want to be like Bugs Bunny and eat it all day long.

  6. I came home with carrots, tomatillos, tomatoes, eggs, beets w/greens, oranges, Israeli cucumber, red leaf and romaine lettuce, 3 enormous Reed avocados, baby leeks, red onion, brown onion, white nectarines, yellow peaches, Eel River Melon, almonds, butternut squash, zucchini, garlic, & shallot.

    I’m lucky to live in San Diego, where my local market in Little Italy continues to grow, both with shoppers and vendors! We even have a stall with fresh sea urchin, a marine pest that must be harvested off the kelp beds off our coast that happens to be mighty tasty & a rep from Sea Rocket Bistro that will grill up a beautiful whole sardine for you and serve it with olive oil and sea salt from a paper plate for $3. I <3 the farmers market!

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