Farmers Market Update: Times They Are A Changin’

by | Nov 6, 2011
Warren Pears

Warren Pears

Welcome back to Standard Time, add that extra hour to your clock and enjoy the long Sunday.

Farmers markets are closing up shop throughout most of the US, but they go on strong here in SF all year. It’s actually a wonderful time for local produce.

Colorful Grapes

Colorful Grapes

My favorite foods like kale and chard really shine this time of year, as do the other green veggies like broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

Rainbow Chard and Kale

Rainbow Chard and Kale

Though it is certainly a cruciferous vegetable, it is a little strange to consider purple cauliflower a green veggie. But it’s definitely healthy, and reminds me a lot of my mom.

Purple Cauliflower

Purple Cauliflower

Even better? All this stuff is really cheap.

Romanesco

Romanesco

Unlike the expensive berries, peaches and tomatoes of the summer, fall produce is uber affordable. Two dollars for kale, three for delicata squash, one for an apple, autumn produce is a bargain however you slice it.

Rome Apples

Rome Apples

Of course there are always a few thing that cost a little more (grapes and pears come to mind), but on average my spending goes down substantially from now until late March.

Pears

What are these pears doing?

I use this opportunity to try more fruits than I normally would, since fruit are usually the most expensive items at the market. This time of year you cannot miss the pears, apples, persimmons, pomegranates and kiwi fruit.

Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi Fruit

It’s a great season, and honestly I’m even looking forward to the progress into winter. The citrus are just starting to reappear, and I found these adorable sudachi lemons at Hamada Farms.

Sudachi Lemons

Sudachi Lemons

Any servings suggestions?

Today’s purchases (~$20):

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6 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Times They Are A Changin’”

  1. Lisa says:

    I live in New England, where farmers markets are all around, but scarce with goods and expensive. However, I still want to get in a good deal of veggies with my weekly meal planning. I ha salads over the summer, but they don’t have the same appeal now that the brutal winter is looming around the corner. Do you have any suggestions on how to have a nice rainbow mix of veggies to make hearty sides and soups for the winter? Thanks!

  2. Dani says:

    Ever since having my 2 little ones (2yrs and 5months) I haven’t had the same time to peruse framers markets like I once did (sad for me- but I know I’ll get there again soon enough) SO I recently joined a CSA and am SO excited to open my box every week. I received some pears last week and simply roasted one whole for a mid morning treat. Sounds way to simple be interesting but I’m telling you, it was TO-DIE-FOR. Next time I may have to give it a kiss of cinnamon and/or nutmeg and top with some yogurt and nuts for a full on warm-fall breakfast!

    I’ve never seen the Sudachi Lemons before… are they sweet or sour?

  3. julie says:

    I love the winter FMs, less crowded, cheaper fruit, as you mentioned. Haven’t seen kiwis yet, though they promise they’ll be here by Thanksgiving. I’ll be really bummed to lose those awesome tomatoes, but happy for asparagus, satsumas, and navel oranges.

  4. Ligaya says:

    Yay, fractal foods!

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