Farmers Market Update: Early Spring

by | Feb 19, 2012
Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish

Normally in San Francisco we lament our lack of summer. Despite being in California, this city is notorious for being buried under a 300 ft blanket of fog from June til August. But this year, winter is oddly lacking.

We’ve had some rainy days here and there, but they haven’t lasted long and have been interrupted with unapologetic bursts of sunshine. As you can imagine, this is affecting our crops.



Even though we’re only half way through February, winter produce has dwindled dramatically, and we’re already seeing spring vegetables like fava beans and green onions.

Spring Onions

Spring Onions

I don’t know if this makes me happy or sad, but it is definitely odd. I mean, isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

February Tomatoes

February Tomatoes

But the nice part is walking through the market is a pleasure. The sun is out, but I haven’t seen the thick crowds we get in the summertime on those rare nice days.



Today I focused largely on green vegetables, but also brought home some seasonal goodies like mandarins and walnut oil.

Roasted Walnut Oil

Roasted Walnut Oil

I’m not sure what to make of the weather, but at least I’ll be eating well.

Today’s purchases (~$40):

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8 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Early Spring”

  1. Fred says:

    I signed up for a CSA a month ago and have been getting a Romanesco broccoli once a week. Awesome vegetable, very tasty, but looks like it is from another planet.

  2. Alex says:

    How do you use the walnut oil?

    • Darya Pino says:

      It has an amazing flavor, but if fairly delicate so I don’t cook with it. I love it on salads, especially grain-based salads. It’s kind of pricey, but it’s a nice indulgence I make about once a year.

  3. JonO says:

    I’ve been to the Embarcadero farmer’s market a few times on my travels to SF and its very cool but I’m curious when it’s in an urban area and the stuff is ‘locally grown’, what exactly does that mean? Is Santa Rosa/Petaluma/Sonoma area considered local or is this stuff grown actually IN the city?

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