farmer's market

Today we went to the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market; it's open from 8:00am to 1:30pm on Saturdays. You can find the maze of tents, produce, people, and other tasty things at Embarcadero and Vallejo. I can see this becoming a Saturday morning ritual for the Borogoves.

Spring is so very here. Summer berries aren't here, but nearly every produce stand had gorgeous bunches of green/spring garlic and tiny leeks. The asparagus is out in force... an astonishing number of people were selling asparagus ravioli. The cheesemongers had lovely wares, and the artichokes are looking perfect. There's something especially satisfying about buying your food directly from the people who grow, raise, and make it.

We're working out new food routines, now that Russell's employed again. We MUST not descend into eating out more nights than we eat in; in our neighborhood, it's frightfully easy to do so. I realized this week that as long as there was good produce in the fridge, i was happy to whip up a quick dinner - but when i only had staples, i was much less interested. My body must be craving all the spring greenery. I'm hoping a weekly trip to the farmer's market will help get me into the groove of cooking most nights again - the produce is definitely inspiring.

This week's loot:
Several bunches of beautiful, thin asparagus. Three large bunches of green garlic. (Two of them are destined for a pot of green garlic soup sometime this week.) A head of cauliflower. A bag of sweet oranges. A stack of sugar snap peas. (Snap peas and asparagus mean spring to me. I miss sharing our spring dinners with James.) A celery root. A piece of Point Reyes Blue; a piece of Capricious washed curd goat cheese; and a lump of fresh feta from the Capricous folks.

Thus far, we've had some of the green garlic pureÚd into mashed potatoes and served with asparagus and pine-nut crusted rock cod; tonight i think we'll have some of the snap peas and risotto with celery root next to our roasted chicken.

What do you buy at the farmer's market?

Posted by shock on March 29, 2003 | TrackBack

What do I buy? EVERYTHING! It's all so fresh and beautiful, how can you resist? I have to confess, we've gotten out of the habit during the cooler months, but you just reminded me it's time to go back again!

I have a proposition though. How about next weekend you come with the Leckmans to the Marin farmers market on Sunday? If you've never been, its at least 2 to 3 times the size of the SF one (mostly in area space - the vendors will all look familiar, plus a few more in Marin) and less shoulder-to-shoulder foot traffic; all good things in my book. You up for it? ; )

Posted by: rebecca on March 31, 2003 8:40 AM

When are you going to leave? ;) 7am is too early for my bod, but i'd be ok for leaving at 9am.

Posted by: meriko on March 31, 2003 8:52 AM

If we leave at 9 we'll get there at 9:30, which is when all the yuppies with strollers hit. If you can manage 8, I'll pop for a latte and freshly baked cinnamon twist for you when we get there? ; )

Posted by: rebecca on April 1, 2003 6:52 AM

Are you driving? If you're driving, i can probably be on my front step within a minute or two of 8. ;)

Posted by: meriko on April 3, 2003 6:53 AM

that sounds like a wonderful advenutre. i used to go to the farmers market in capitola every weekend. have not really been to one since moving up here. i love all the options of fresh, locally grown foods.

did you make it to marin this morning? where in marin is the market?

Posted by: karine on April 5, 2003 2:40 PM

I didn't go to the SF market on Saturday, as i was going to hit the Marin one on Sunday with the Leckmans... unfortunately, a combo of Leckman-flat-tire and wrong-Borogove-car-in-SF kept us from attending this morning. I'm not sure where it is; Beca will have to fill you in on that front.

Posted by: meriko on April 6, 2003 11:14 AM
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