Farmers Market Update: Springtime

by | Feb 28, 2010
Loose Beets

Loose Beets

I know that it is technically still February, but I’m going to officially declare it springtime here in San Francisco, at least for all of us foodies.

The spring greens are in full effect. Today I found spinach, lettuces, asparagus and even pea shoots.

Pea Shoots

Pea Shoots

Asparagus

Asparagus

Brassica greens like kale and cabbage were around for most of the winter, but now we are seeing the late season varieties such as these savoy cabbages.

Savoy Cabbage

Savoy Cabbage

Herbs and onions are getting more diverse as well, as more delicate herbs like cilantro and thyme are reappearing. Still no basil though.

The giant leeks you can find these days are epic.

Big Leeks

Big Leeks

Fresh Herbs

Fresh Herbs

The root vegetable season is also shifting to the tail end. I’m seeing fewer radishes and other spicy roots, but sweet beets and carrots are thriving.

Carrots

Carrots

In fruit, citrus is still where it’s at. Tropical fruits like kiwi, mango and guava are also available. But it’s hard to beat these $1 navel oranges from Hamada Farms.

Deceptive Tomatoes

Deceptive Tomatoes

Navel Oranges

Navel Oranges

You should still avoid the deceptively juicy looking tomatoes, however. Trust  me, they aren’t good. The vendor said it will be about 3 weeks before the heirlooms show up.

Until then you’ll have to amuse yourself with all the rest of the amazing spring produce. These flank steaks look pretty awesome too.

Flank Steaks

Flank Steaks

Today’s purchases:

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10 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Springtime”

  1. LOL @ Deceptive Tomatoes. 🙂 We’re starting to see grass again in Maryland – snow is melting finally!

  2. thomas says:

    how is it possible you get tropical local citrus fruit in winter?

  3. It’s a little bizarre to me that you’re reaching the end of radish season out there. Here in Montana (and where I grew up in North Dakota), radishes are one of the signs of spring’s arrival! They, along with leaf lettuce, were always the first things we could pick from my mom’s and grandma’s gardens.

    • Darya Pino says:

      You’re right. I was referring to the big gnarly black radishes and watermelon radishes. The delicate little French breakfast radishes haven’t appeared yet 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    I wish we had spring. The only hope I have right now is my daffodils starting to poke through and the mint is starting to come up.

  5. Marin Sun Farms (the flank steaks) is the bomb. Some of the best grassfed meats I’ve ever had.

    Very worthwhile, too, to take a trip up to Pt Reyes Station just a bit beyond Stinson beach and you can visit their butcher shop. They also have pastured eggs, pork, lamb there.

    • Darya Pino says:

      Agreed about the flank steaks, and I’m absolutely obsessed with their eggs. Obsessed.

      • Actually, I just wrote flank steaks for those who may have known what I was talking about, since I had to zoom in to see that the label was Marin Sun.

        I think all their meats are fantastic. A few months ago family & I were camped at Olema, just a mile away from the shop. We got a bunch of ribeyes and cooked them over an open wood flame. Amazing.

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