Farmers Market Update: Midsummer in San Francisco

by | Aug 5, 2012
Red Zebra Tomatoes

Red Zebra Tomatoes

I checked the weather report this morning and apparently most of the US is experiencing 100+° weather. You may be suffering, but I’m jealous of all of you. It was 57° here in SF this morning, and I wore a wool sweater and windbreaker to the farmers market, but once I got there I really wished I’d had my scarf and hat. Burrrrrrr!

The grass is always greener, right?

Thumbalina Carrots

Thumbalina Carrots

I love sun and heat, but the one advantage I had this morning was that pictures turn out much better on overcast days. Since no one told the sunny farms around the Bay Area that it isn’t actually summer here, we had all the bright, beautiful produce a warm summer would promise. We just have to eat it in the cold.

Golden Beets

Golden Beets

It has actually been weeks since I’d last been to the market, due to the extensive travel schedule I’ve had this summer. And despite my shivers it was sooooooo nice to be back.

Gypsy Peppers

Gypsy Peppers

Gosh vegetables are beautiful this time of year. Have you ever tried purple beans?

Purple and Green Beans

Purple and Green Beans

Needless to say I bought everything I could carry in two Mercado bags, doing my best to take advantage of the produce peaking this time of year. Stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plutos (plums) are working their magic right now.



Summer squash is something I look forward to all year. I was particularly excited today to find bitter melon, a vegetable I ate a lot of in Okinawa earlier this year.

Squash and Bittermelon

Squash and Bittermelon

Honestly I may have purchased more than we can eat, but we’ll do our best.

Today’s purchases (~$40):

What did you find at the market this week?

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8 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Midsummer in San Francisco”

  1. baa says:

    Plums !! I love their name, their looks, their everything. Waiting for organic and local ones to appear around here.

  2. baa says:

    If I remember correctly, there was a post with pics taken with your phone. Do you continue with that ? I don’t mean to say that the pics are bad … just curious 🙂

  3. Heather Ferguson says:

    Beautiful pictures. Cool temperatures sound like heaven from my world in Chicago. Hottest, driest summer in decades.

  4. Katie says:

    I love bittermelon cooked Indian style and I’m always looking for new ideas – how do you prepare it?

  5. Janice Vaillancourt says:

    At my farmers’ market in northern Ontario the produce, though not as exotic, is also quite prolific right now! I came home yesterday with sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, garlic, patty pan squash (a find in this area), zucchini, green beans, farmed or tame blueberries (there was also wild blueberries available). I love the farmers’ market…it’s so much more interesting and fun than walking up and down the aisles of the grocery store.

  6. Hai says:

    Beautiful pictures and healthy food! I also love to go to farmers market in Boston, but it seems a luxury option for people who actually have the needs.

    Many obese people live in a low-income neighborhood and don’t have the knowledge or incentive to stay healthy. Looks like these guys are trying to target the teens and do something to change that:

    Let’s contribute to the project and make some real impact!

  7. Janice says:

    Purple beans at my farmers’ market this week! Thanks to reading this website I noticed them right away as well as patty pan squash last week.

  8. Dee says:

    Got taro leaves, okras, chives, thyme, scotch bonnet peppers
    Broccoli, brussel sprouts,

    Darya,Thanks for sharing the pics- those zebra tomatoes and thumbelina carrots are so ‘different’

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