Farmers Market Update: Fleet Week

by | Oct 10, 2010
Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco is a zoo this weekend, but it’s awesome. It’s Fleet Week, which means we have the Blue Angels buzzing over our heads several times a day. And the weather couldn’t be better to hang out on rooftops and watch the action.

Because we are in the middle of changing seasons, the farmers market is a new adventure every week. As summer produce wanes, autumn produce is ramping up. Some of the new items will last all winter, and others are only around a few weeks during the interim.

Pumpkins and Tomatoes

Pumpkins and Tomatoes

White pomegranates are a special treat only around for a couple weeks this time of year. They are sweeter and their pink, translucent seeds are softer than the more typical red pomegranates. Definitely try one if you get the opportunity.

Shin Li Asian Pears

Shin Li Asian Pears

White Pomegranates

White Pomegranates

Asian pears are another temporary item at the market. They’re delicate, watery flesh and subtle flavor make them easy to over look, but it’s fun to bring a few different varietals home and experiment with their unique flavors while you have the chance.

Organic Quince

Organic Quince

Fresh Chestnuts

Fresh Chestnuts

Chestnuts and quince will also be around for a short time and are fun to experiment with. I also saw persimmons for the first time this week.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

First Persimmons

First Persimmons

At this time of year though, my favorite foods are still the late summer produce. I can’t get enough tomatoes and peppers. I adore them. And they pair so beautifully with fresh herbs and almost anything.

Fresh Herbs

Fresh Herbs

Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers

And let’s not forget about vegetables. It’s last call on winter squash and eggplant. But you can also find fall favorites like brussels sprouts and artichokes.

Artichokes

Artichokes

Baby Brussels Sprouts

Baby Brussels Sprouts

Also notable is that Warren pears are now available at Frog Hollow, and you can pick up some fresh whole wheat tortillas at Massa Organics.

Whole Wheat Tortillas

Whole Wheat Tortillas

Warren Pears

Warren Pears

I’m leaving for Hawaii early this week so I only picked up some white pomegranates and padron peppers.

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6 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Fleet Week”

  1. Danielle says:

    Did you get to try the parsimmons?

  2. Beachcomber says:

    Nice picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. Where did you take the photo? I have lived all of my life and I have never been to Fleet Week. Didn’t want to deal with all of the traffic. Have a good time in Hawaii. I haven’t been in years. I want to take my son to Hawaii sometime.

  3. Chipotle says:

    Wow!! I spent the weekend in SF with my daughters. Highlights = weather!! farmers’ market, Blue Angels, and dinners at Flour + Water and Frances.

    Currently sitting in SFO with suitcase filled with Ranco Gordo beans.

  4. Anna says:

    Hey Darya,

    Can you “over eat” vegetables? I kept wondering about this yesterday while eating my dinner, which consisted of a can of corn and a can of peas (which I ate within a 2 hour period). I usually end up “picking” on vegetables throughout the day when it’s not time for my meals yet. I’m not a vegetarian but I don’t usually have meat at home, mainly because the price of organic meat is outrageous and I just can’t afford to have it on the daily basis. Organic vegetables, on the other hand, only cost me about $20 a week. Another reason why I ask is because I have a hard time losing weight. I’m not necessarily over weight (I’m 22, 5’7″ at 140lbs), but I have a smaller torso and basically anything that would be considered over weight would be in my lower half. I do yoga for about an hour a day at least 4 times a week, I don’t eat dairy (I’m mildly lactose intolerant), and I try to stay away from bread. I’m slightly confused and to be honest quite frustrated. I try to eat at the same time every day, I stay away from sugar and I only drink water. Keeping track of my calorie drives me nuts, so I figured if vegetables are considered empty calories anyways that I didn’t need to but now I’m starting to rethink that. Every once in a while I’ll eat peanut butter with a banana or apple, or a fruit smoothie in the morning (fresh fruits, no added sugar). What would you suggest? I’m afraid you’ll say weight training, but I’ve improved more doing yoga in a month that I did when I had a personal trainer, yet I have not lost one single pound! I feel like I’m doing something wrong but I can’t figure out what.

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