Farmers Market Update: Spring Equinox

by | Mar 21, 2010
Cioggia Beets

Cioggia Beets

Last week we sprung ahead and this weekend marks the official spring equinox. Woohoo!

We have had absolutely spectacular weather here in San Francisco, which could not feel better after the months of rain we endured.

To celebrate I got myself some morel mushrooms, one of the true delicacies of springtime. Excitement is an understatement.

Organic Chard

Organic Chard

Morel Mushrooms

Morel Mushrooms

Another vegetable I couldn’t resist this afternoon were the beets. I am not particularly in the mood for beets, but they were everywhere and looked beautiful. I got one bunch of the lovely white and pink striped cioggia beets and one standard red bunch. Naturally I will use both the roots and the leaves.

Beet greens are an awesome substitute for chard or spinach. If you’ve never tried them I highly recommend it.

Beyond beets, other root vegetables including carrots, celery root and onions are in season and as sweet as they will be all year.

Shallots

Shallots

Carrots, Fennel & Celery Root

Carrots, Fennel & Celery Root

I’m also really enjoying the delicate little broccoli I’ve been finding lately. These little guys are sweeter and more tender than the big broccoli crowns. I can’t go a week without getting a bag full. You can also find this Italian variety, broccoli di Ciccio (the sign is spelled wrong). The flowers, of course, are edible.

Broccoli di Ciccio

Broccoli di Ciccio

Artichokes are something else you shouldn’t miss this time of year. The big ones are great, but I also love to cook up some baby artichokes with leeks and walnuts as a side dish or pasta topping.

Leeks

Leeks

Large Organic Artichokes

Large Organic Artichokes

And no talk of springtime is complete without mentioning asparagus. I have a wonderful recipe for balsamic asparagus and carrots. It’s very simple and incredibly delicious.

Asparagus

Asparagus

Finally, don’t forget about all the wonderful citrus, it will be disappearing in the coming weeks.

Kumquats

Kumquats

Navel Oranges

Navel Oranges

Today’s purchases:

Cutest Pug Ever

Cutest Pug Ever

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6 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Spring Equinox”

  1. jeff clark says:

    I finally visited the Ferry Bldg Farmer’s Market on Saturday, thanks to a food tour led by my niece. We had a great time and introduced my son to oysters (Hog Island) and nibbled on various citrus and apple offerings. i also introduced my niece to spring garlic. Since I was flying, I didn’t purchase any produce, but I did walk out with some Rancho Gordo dried beans. My first batch of Rio Zape beans are soaking as I type.

    We also walked the Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market on Sunday. My son, who is going to school in the East Bay, wanted to check it out as he is getting into fresher food. Needless to say we helped in stock up. Its a nice market, with plenty of choices.

    Thanks for the Farmer’s market updates.

    • Darya Pino says:

      Ha, that’s awesome you finally made it up here! I actually saw that you checked in on Foursquare, but I was already on my way out. Hope the rest of your trip was great!

  2. jeff clark says:

    Funny thing was I saw you went to Nopalito for dinner. We had reservations there on Saturday, but at the recommendation of the guys at Naked Lunch, decided to go Italian at Beretta, also an excellent choice. In the words of Get Smart “missed you by that much”

    • Darya Pino says:

      That’s hilarious. Though I like Nopalito better than Beretta, there is no reason anyone from SoCal should be eating Mexican food in SF. 🙂

      • Hester says:

        Hahaha… exactly what you said to me!

      • Darya Pino says:

        That’s because it is a scientific fact that Mexican food in SoCal obliterates all that is available in NorCal. I’ve spent 13 years trying to disprove the null hypothesis to no avail.

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