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