I went to the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market this morning alone and ended up bringing home much more produce than I had planned to. The season has definitely changed, and as you can see from the produce, we are squarely in Autumn.
In Janet Fletcher's book Fresh from the Farmer's Market, she recommends buying something from the farmers' markets that you have never tried before -- she doesn't recommend going overboard, but one thing each time you go will help you in adding new fruits and vegetables to your diet. This week, my new product was pineapple guava, or feijoa, from Brokaw Nursery. You can see them in the picture above on the lefthand side -- they look like avocados.
I am thrilled to see the pomegranates in season. I had seen them a few weeks back, but held out for this week, as the pomegranates seemed so much riper. I look for a stand that has quite a few cracked pomegranates to tell me that they are ripe -- I don't know how scientific that is, but it works for me.
Today I bought:
*butternut squash - Eatwell Farm
*leeks - Eatwell Farm
*broccoli di cicco - Mariquita Farm
*thyme - Mariquita farm
*bok choy - Heirloom Organics
*fennel - Heirloom Organics
*potatoes - Little Organic Farm
pomegranates - Balakian Farm
pineapple guava - Brokaw Nursery
*carrots - Tierra Vegetables
lemons - Paradez Farm
* = farms within 100 miles of San Francisco.
photo credit: flourphoto