Farmer’s Market Find: Ranunculus, Purple Tulips, and Asparagus

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If there is anything more than desserts that I love photographing, it’s flowers. And flowers are everywhere. I really wasn’t expecting to find a flower stall at the FM today, but there it was, all bright and pretty. It was the most crowded booth also. “Mommy, I want the purple ones.” “Oh, these will be great for dinner tonight.” “I am going to buy myself flowers.” Everyone was buzzing around the flowers like bees. I actually had to step away and come back when it was a little less crowded and I could snap a few pictures without getting in someone’s way. Then I bought myself a bunch of pretty yellow ranunculus with hints of purple in it.

These flowers are organic and local, which is especially important for all of the same reasons organic, local produce is. Non-organic flowers are laden with harmful pesticides, which you do not want to bring into your environment. Also, pesticides from floral agriculture has as much negative impact on the land and farm workers as non-organic produce does.

My 11th grade English teacher asked us to look for the “color purple” in nature after reading the book “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker. At that time, all of us concluded that the color purple is a rare find. Ever since that assignment, I have always kept an eye out for the color purple. In the last year, I’ve changed my mind about it being rare. Purple flowers, radishes, carrots, lettuce, fruit, asparagus, artichokes it’s all over the market!

I didn’t notice a whole lot of change or new additions at the market this week. I did get two bunches of asparagus from the Fort Mason Farmer’s Market for winning an asparagus recipe contest on their Facebook page. Asparagus are one of my favorite vegetables. I didn’t grow up eating them, because they are not part of the normal Indian diet. Also, due to asparagus’ high Vata quality, it wasn’t suitable to my parent’s Doshas. Anyway, I love eating asparagus with eggs, in salads, with quinoa, and in almost anyway possible. The simplest way is of course by just grilling them, sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper, with a drizzle of really good extra-virgin olive oil.

I bought Pink Cara Cara Oranges (Hamadas Farms), Broccoli (Swank Farms), Cauliflower and Fingerling Potatoes (Rio de Parros Organics), and 1 bunch organic ranunculus (Thomas Farms) Total= $16

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Farmers Market Find: Spring Flowers and Radishes

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Tatsoi flowers or baby bok choy flowers- Heirloom Organics They taste incredible lightly sauteed in olive oil and served with a poached egg on top. They also taste great sauteed with ginger, garlic, and a bit of soy sauce. These little flowers just might be the best find of the season!

Female Date Palm/Flowers

Tulips

Spring is also radish season. I didn’t know there was more than one type of radish until I stopped shopping at the grocery store. The black variety is a bit spicier. -Heirloom Organics

I also had the pleasure of eating a variety of radishes, including black radishes, prepared in Soul Cocina’s famous arancini dish last Tuesday. Roger is serving up his dishes every Tuesday at the weekly pop-up at the Corner. I really wish I had my camera for that meal; this picture was taken with my iPhone.

Aren’t these really cute? They are Lions Mane mushrooms. I have no idea how they taste, but will try it out this week.-Far West Fungi

Citron Etrog– Hamadas Farm. This lemon is super huge.

I honestly did not buy a whole lot for this week. My mom made us a whole lot of Indian food (Chana Daal, Idlies, Sambar, Parathas) to last us for the entire week.

Chana Daal Muthyia is a specialty dish from Gujarat. Otherwise known as veggie balls.

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The Weekender

If you are in San Francisco this weekend, check out these noteworthy food and fitness events!
Friday May 7 • Il Cane Rosso • 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy a three-course dinner on the Embarcadero for $25 at Il Cane Rosso. Local, seasonal ingredients are featured and are served family-style at communal tables. http://canerossosf.com/

Embarcadero View

Saturday May 8 • Boot Camp • 9-10 a.m.
If you’re committed to getting in shape and want inspired training, try out an outdoor boot camp class offered by JCCSF. You do not need to be a JCCSF member and the first class is free. Call
415-292-1299, ext. 2822 for more information.
http://www.jccsf.org/programs/fitness-group-exercise/jccsf-outdoor-boot-camp/
Saturday May 8 • Culinary Walking Tours of San Francisco • 10-1 p.m.
Three hours of local food, local culture and local flavor! Choose from one of three neighborhoods to tour and taste.
http://www.foodieadventures.com/San_Francisco_Tours___Chris_Milanos_Foodie_Adventures!_-_%7BFood_Tours,_Travel_%26_TV%7D_-_Foodie_Walking_Tours_of_San_Francisco.html

North Beach

Sunday May 9 • Divisadero Farmer’s Market • 10-2 p.m.
Enjoy a pastry from Bakers of Paris and a freshly squeezed juice from Juicey Lucy’s, while picking out the perfect blooms for your mom. Don’t forget to get a box of chocolates from Stickler Chocolates! Then treat your mom to a classic brunch in Magic Flute’s beautiful garden.
http://www.pcfma.com/market_home.php?market_id=63
http://magicfluteristorante.com/

Juicey Lucy at Divisadero Farmer's Market

Sunday May 9 • Mother’s Day Brunch Cooking Class• 10:30-1 p.m.
Learn to whip up a gourmet brunch with your mom in a hands-on cooking class taught by Parties That Cook, in the picturesque Ferry Building. Once the cooking is over, enjoy a fantastic brunch buffet with Mom. All while sipping mimosas, of course!
http://www.partiesthatcook.com/events/san-francisco-bay-area-cooking-classes/mothers-day-brunch-cooking-class-san-francisco/

Ferry Building