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There was an extra bounce in my step on Friday, because for the first time in months I felt the strong rays of the sun invigorating every cell of my being. The air even smelled like Spring was right around the corner and I couldn’t help but rejoice. I am not much of a Winter person and am really done with the below 50 degree temperatures. It felt like spring and I couldn’t help but advise everyone to go out and enjoy it. Waking up at 7AM on a Saturday morning is not as bad when the sun is out and the birds are chirping. I made my way over to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market early to avoid the good weather crowd and freely sample and talk to the winners of the Good Food Awards. I can’t even express the thrill I got when I was face to face with real food crafters from around the country selling tasty and sustainable food. Each winner was sampling and selling their prize winning food, much to a foodie’s contentment.
It truly seemed like a Spring's morning.
Leeks are one of my staple vegetables that I always try to keep in my fridge. They are versatile and make almost any dish flavorful. -Capay Organic
Do you know anything about Chickweed? - Marin Root Farms
Since I am getting into eating more legumes and whole grains, I bought heirloom garbanzo beans and crimson popping corn from Rancho Gordo.
These baby beets were so cute and irresistable. -Marin Root Farms
I was introduced to Black Trumpet mushrooms last weekend at brunch at Gather in Berkeley.
I bought Calendula to brighten up our living room a bit more.
The Good Food Award Winners:
Noble Coffee's Kenyan Kiaora was really, really silky and smooth. It was perfect.
The preserves were too tempting to not buy any of the jars. Though, I should restraint.
Xocolatl de David's Salted Caramel stood out the most. They are from Portland, OR.
I bought brine for the first time. I would love recipes! Pictured: Joe Mclure
No surprise that Cow Girl's Creamery's Red Hawk won!
This has to be one of the best cheeses I've ever had! Cellars at Jasper Hill – Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from Greensboro, VT.
-Pea tendrils and snow peas- Spring vegetables
-Watermelon radish- radish are generally Spring vegetables
-Chickweed- never seen or heard of these before!
-Wild watercress- I didn’t know this variety existed.
-Sugar cane- native to warmer, tropical climates. The ones I found are grown in a green house in Fresno. I bought one shoot to surprise Satish. Coincidentally, Saturday was a huge festival in Southern India, celebrating the sugar cane harvest.
I also bought a ton of vegetables, herbs, and fruit: broccoli, spinach, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, Natural raisins, Italian oregano, marjoram , Delicata squash, onions, garlic, Meyer lemons, and blood oranges. Let’s see what I cook up this week!
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