I am starting a new feature here at Life Begins at 30 -- a report whenever I can of the produce that I brought home for the week from the farmer's market, along with a couple notes about what's going on at the market. Rather than trying to be a comprehensive report of what's in season, it will just be a diary of my personal purchases. I am going to track this by week of the year so that it will be easy to compare over the years.
This week we went to the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. This market is in the height of it's high season ... a crush of people, but who could stay away with fantastic weather and a huge abundance of produce? Granted, we didn't get to the market until the late time of 10.30, so it's our fault we were there with the crowds.
I have never seen, much less purchased, fresh cannelini beans - so when I saw them at Dirty Girl Produce, I had to fill up a bag. I have yet to try them, but hopefully a report will come later this week. Ella Bella's produce continues to really shine -- we have had the most amazing summer squash from them this year (there is a small, dark green, round squash that they have that is amazingly sweet) -- so I purchased my tomatoes there this week.
As I mentioned last week, my favorite tomatoes, hands down are the New Zealand Pink Paste tomatoes from Eatwell. Unfortunately, get them while you can -- I have been told that the seed is not being sold, so Eatwell is doing everything they can to save their own seeds, but they really have very few of these beauties.
Since the Eat Local Challenge was over, I bee-lined for Brokaw's avocadoes and Rancho Gordo's tortillas.
Jason bought some random tomatoes and such purely for photographing. He is doing some fun food photography right now -- check out these beauties.
baby shitake mushrooms - Far West Fungi
watermelon radish - Heirloom Organics
dry farmed early girl tomatoes - Ella Bella
small round brown skin potatoes - Little Organic Farm
charentais melon - Lagier Ranch
avocadoes - haas + reed - Brokaw Nursery
walnuts - Short Night Farm
dried garbanzos - Short Night Farm
fresh cannelini beans - Dirty Girl
lemon verbena - Eatwell Farm
spinach - Heirloom Organics
sage - Eatwell Farm
eureka lemons - Brokaw Nursery
heirloom cherry tomatoes - Eatwell Farm
tomatillos - Eatwell Farm
corn tortillas - Rancho Gordo