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Farmers Market Update: Fungus Festival

by | Nov 8, 2008

Today is the Fungus Festival at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Mushrooms of all size, shapes and colors made for a beautiful display at Far West Fungi (though this is a normal sight for market regulars).

At the festival, participants could see demonstrations on how to choose and cook edible fungi, and nearby vendors offered suggestions on the best wines and cheeses to pair with the day’s selections.
I bought some shiitake mushrooms to go with my Soul Food eggs from Prather Ranch. Eggs with mushrooms is one of my favorite weekend treats.
Mushrooms are a great source of fiber and can provide other nutrients, including potassium and

iron. They contain some vitamins as well, particularly B vitamins.

My other purchases today mark a notable shift from the usual. My goal at the market is always to get at least 5 dinners and 5 lunches for the week. But since my beautiful summer tomatoes are now out of season, I can no longer rely on salads for lunch. This means I also did not buy cucumbers or salad greens. Instead I will try roasting vegetables this weekend and reheating them at work. Stay tuned to find out how that goes.
I also want to take this opportunity to give you all the heads up on the Warren pears at Frog Hollow right now. They are to die for!
Here’s what I brought home:
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Soul Food eggs
  • Warren pears
  • Dino kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Baby leeks
  • Golden beets
  • Sunchokes
  • Flame grapes
  • Padrones
  • Pasilla pepper
  • Giant fuyu persimmon
  • Arkansas black apple
  • Pomegranates
  • Pain epi baguette
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