Farmers Market Update: Father’s Day

by | Jun 20, 2010
Assorted Sweet Peppers

Assorted Sweet Peppers

I want to start today by saying there is no one on earth I love more than my dad. Walking around the farmers market this weekend I wished more than anything that he could be with me to see and taste all the amazing produce we have right now here in San Francisco. He’s such a sucker for good food made or grown by people and families who truly care about what they’re doing. I know he’d love it here and I can’t wait until he visits next.

This is a particularly special time of year for fruit lovers. Last week the best cherries were the deep red bing and brooks varieties, but this week the yellow-red rainier cherries finally came into their own, rivaling the sweetness of even the best of the red cherries.

Rainier & Bing Cherries

Rainier & Bing Cherries

White Peaches

White Peaches

We are also in the middle of the fleeting dark berry season. Most of the dark berries are hybrids of blackberries and raspberries. Boysenberries are the most well known hybrid, but today I also found fresh logan and olallie berries. Olallies are my dad’s favorite (I bought 3 boxes in his honor).

Peaches & Nectarines

Peaches & Nectarines

Mature Fava Beans

Mature Fava Beans

But of course, fruit is not all that is special about this time of year. The fava beans are peaking and now’s your chance to get in on this springtime delicacy. I’ll be featuring a spectacular recipe for a Persian fava bean stew next week.

Rainbow Chard

Rainbow Chard

Squash Blossoms

Squash Blossoms

Also in the early summer you can find beautiful squash blossoms. These are a wonderful treat that pair particularly well with eggs or on pizza. They are also delicious stuffed with goat cheese and herbs, and fried in tempura batter. Decadent, but certainly worth it.

Spanish Red Garlic

Spanish Red Garlic

Sweet Red Onions

Sweet Red Onions

Garlic and onions, while generally consistent, are at their best this time of year. It is nearly impossible for Photoshop to do justice to the neon fuchsia color of the sweet red onions in this photo, but in person they seemed to almost glow with radiance in the morning sun.

Lavendar and Sweet Peas

Lavendar and Sweet Peas

Violet Sweet Peppers

Violet Sweet Peppers

Looking ahead, peppers are what I am most excited about in the coming months, but they are already starting to impress me with their smell and color. This is, however, a fantastic time to start buying pimientos de padrón (another of Dad’s favorites), as they will continue to get spicier as the season progresses.

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

xoxo

Today’s purchases:

What’s your dad’s favorite fresh produce?

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3 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Father’s Day”

  1. At my farmer’s market (tennessee) they call those red onions “candy onions.” They are amazing on pizza (after sweating first).

  2. Josie says:

    Wow. Your pictures are beautiful (makes me want to run to the farmers market!) and the list of produce you purchased is impressive. I’ve only just discovered your blog, so maybe you’ve done this before, but I’d be really interested in finding out what meals you make from your weekly farmers market purchases and whether you are purchasing for just yourself or for others, as well. Often when I make a big purchase at the market (which would be a fraction of the above), I end up not knowing what to do with all of it and it goes to waste in the crisper. As a result, I’m reluctant to over-purchase and waste money. Perhaps if I saw how others do it, it would inspire me. Thanks!

    • Darya Pino says:

      Thanks for writing Josie, that’s a good question.

      I used to document all the food I ate and post it to Twitter, but it was just too much work to keep up. I do still occasionally Tweet about what I make, especially if it turns out awesome 😉 Twitter is still the best place to keep up with my daily eating habits.

      As for who I’m cooking for, you spotted it right that this week I bought a ton of extra food b/c my bf asked me to pick up ingredients for gazpacho. Normally I cook for just myself (maybe 1 shared meal) and have a smaller shopping list. You can flip through the Market archives to get an idea of how much I normally buy.

      Also, if you see the same thing appearing in my purchase list often you can bet I either have posted a recipe for it (search the recipe archives) or will be posting a recipe soon. And feel free to ask me here in the comments about any specific item you have a question about.

      Hope this helps!

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