Farmers Market Update: Independence Day

by | Jul 4, 2010
Rainbow Chard

Rainbow Chard

My eyes were deceiving me on Saturday morning, because it seemed as though the 4th of July fireworks started early here in San Francisco. The farmers market was virtually exploding with colors–fruits, vegetables, flowers, mushrooms. It was magical.

The rainbow chard was so beautiful at Dirty Girl Produce people were exclaiming at how magnificent it looked as I carried it away. The flowers and kale at Green Gulch Farm were also something to behold.

Kale & Flowers

Kale & Flowers

Rainbow Chard Stems

Rainbow Chard Stems

Summer squash is now in season and I’ve been enjoying it both raw (in salads) and cooked. It’s great grilled, or stir fried with peppers, beans, corn and greens. My favorite are the yellow and green zephyr squash, the ones I used in my squash pasta recipe last week. This probably sounds weird, but I swear they are as sweet as candy.

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Zephyr Squash

Zephyr Squash

Fruit is still the main attraction at the market these days, however.

White Peaches

White Peaches

Peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums are absolutely perfect right now, but the cherries are already on their way out. Don’t get too sad though, the early fig crop is already starting to appear.

Figs

Figs

Yummy Rosa Pluots

Yummy Rosa Pluots

There are a few seasonal novelties available now that are also worth mentioning. I spied nopales (aka cactus leaves) today, as well as bitter melon.

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Nopales

Nopales

Green garlic should be around for a few more weeks, and you can even still get baby broccoli, cauliflower and romanesco.

Romanesco

Romanesco

Green Garlic

Green Garlic

And if you happen to stop by Far West Fungi, porcini are in season.

Porcini Mushrooms

Porcini Mushrooms

Today’s purchases:

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3 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Independence Day”

  1. Liz says:

    What amazing colours! Better than any firework display I think 🙂

  2. Love the photos.
    Farmers markets are such a great thing to have access to.
    I love to garden and cook my own food.
    ron

  3. Cow Palace Farmers Market says:

    The fruits and vegetables look wonderful! Farmers’ markets are great for local communities! The Cow Palace Farmers’ Market will be opening Saturday, July 24th from 9am-1pm.
    The Cow Palace Farmers’ Market will provide the surrounding community with a source of fresh and locally grown produce.
    Come out to the Cow Palace at 2600 Geneva Ave., Gate 5, to enjoy a day of fun and delicious food!

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