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Farmers Market Update: Where’s Winter?

by | Feb 7, 2009

I’m not sure what happened to winter, but it looks like we won’t be having it this year. Although we had some rain yesterday, it was sunny and lovely today at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Also today was the Citrus Celebration. Somehow this didn’t make it onto my radar, so I didn’t know about it until I got there. Sounded fun though:

  • 10 am – 1 pm: Citrus tasting challenge
  • Try a dozen citrus varieties and play a matching game
  • 10 am – 1 pm: Kitchen techniques gallery
  • Learn about zesting, candying and other kitchen citrus tricks
  • 10 am – 1 pm: Orange smile digital photo booth
  • Smile wide with a wedge of citrus in your mouth, and we’ll email you the snapshot!
  • 11 am – 11:45 am: Cooking demonstration
  • Alessandro Cartumini of Quattro Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley will prepare salad and pasta featuring citrus
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Meet the citrus farmer station

I spoke to the chef from Quattro while he was preparing his cooking demo, his menu for this morning sounded divine. I wish I could have stayed.

Another sign that spring is rapidly approaching here in San Francisco: I was stunned this morning to see Bruins Farms tomatoes for the first time this season. Deep down I knew that there was no way these tomatoes could be good yet (it’s February!), but I couldn’t help myself. I love tomatoes! So I bought one just in case. Besides, it is my job to tell you guys with confidence what produce is good and what is just okay, right?

As expected, these beautiful beefsteak tomatoes were flavorless. I’ll be the first one to let you know when they are awesome, I promise.

I didn’t buy very much today because I still have a lot of veggies left over from my photo shoot last week, but I did try to buy things I haven’t had in awhile. Variety is the spice of life (and health)!

Today’s purchases:

  • Beefsteak tomato (Bruins Farms)
  • Fennel (Capay Organics)
  • French fingerling potatoes (Capay Organics)
  • Redbor kale (Eatwell Farms)
  • Kiwi (Fours Sisters Farms)
  • Clementines (Hamada Farms)
  • Rio red grapefruit (Hamada Farms)
  • Navel oranges (Twin Girls Farm)
  • Chinese broccoli (Chue’s)
  • garlic (Chue’s)

Tell us what was in your market basket today.

Those of you who do not have farmers markets this time of year, what are you finding at your local grocery stores?

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