Farmer’s Market Finds: Food and Flight Love

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San Francisco has been on fire this weekend! It was Fleet Weekend, the SF Giants had a great comeback victory, and all of the savviest food bloggers were in town for the BlogHer Food Conference.  On Sunday, Local Bay Area Food Bloggers and Gluten Free Girl gathered for a post-conference potluck picnic at Dolores Park. The day was perfect, as temperatures reached the low 70’s, F18’s flew over our heads, and we munched on butternut squash, rice pilafs, brownies, pies, and a bunch of other really good, fresh food. It was pretty amazing to casually hang out with other food bloggers and taste first-hand what I normally just read and drool through their words and pictures.

Before I made my way over to the picnic, I routinely walked over to the Fort Mason Farmer’s Market. The entire area was really busy with people, cars, bikes, and balloons for the Fleet Week Air Show.  The market was really busy too, with so many out of towners checking out the goods we had to offer. Though, I took a step back and noticed the all of the farmer’s knew the regulars and made conversation with each of them. Community.

Beets are abundant year round in the Bay Area, but available tastefully in the Fall.

Berries are still around, but not as sweet- great for making syrups and jams!

First sighting of the season- Persimmons!

If you already don't know- I L-O-V-E tomatoes!

Farmers Market's tomatoes, that is.

Salad greens with edible flowers make any meal special.

Aren't these funky looking? I bet they are delicious, but I need to figure out how to cook them first!

These reminded me of Thanksgiving and I freaked out a little. Who decides if Thanksgiving is at my parents or his parents?!

Pictures from the weekend:

Enjoying delicious Paneer kebabs while the F-16 Vipers impressed thousands.

Fleet Week Air Show

Gluten-Free Pie baked by Eat The Love

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Farmer’s Market Finds: Autumn!

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Autumn is pretty much here, must get out of denial! The summer (5 days) is over and today, I turned on the heater in my apartment. It was that cold in the Marina. A dear friend and newbie to farmer’s markets joined me this morning. We had so much catching up to do, while we picked out our weekly groceries. I also ran into a Club Dine In! member, which is always exciting.The last week or so, I was preparing to say goodbye to the Fort Mason FM, as the season is drawing to a close. However, through a tweet, I found out that this market will be open year round!

Sun flowers!

I have been stuck in a rut, making the same dishes out of summer squashes and summer tomatoes, and I was ready for a slight change in the market. The fog and cold weather got me thinking about Fall soups and curries (even though, I rarely want Indian food).  I filled my reusable, cloth grocery bags with Asian-Pears, butternut squash, tiny pumpkins, yellow chard, a variety of peppers, heirloom tomatoes (I really can’t get enough), spinach, summer squashes, dried herbs, and fresh mint. I have to admit, I just buy produce at the FM without a clue as to what I am going to do with them. Then I come home and look through my collection of cookbooks and fellow food blogs to see what I can make. This is not the best plan of action. The key to eating well and staying away from processed foods is planning!

I had to stock up on dried herbs, the holidays are right around the corner and Hollie's Homegrown wont be back until November.

My first introduction to Bronz Fennel- Hollie's Homegrown

I was surprised to see a return of spring vegetables, such as sugar snap peas and pea tendrils. The advantage of living in California is that most of the produce is available most of the year. I think pea tendrils are just beautiful, but I don’t know how to use them properly. I would love any suggestions!

Sugar snap peas and carrots- Happy Boy Farms

Pea Greens- the weather has been more like spring as we transition from Summer to Fall. -Serendipity Farms

Juicy beets! Red velvet cake was originally made with red beets, now it's mostly food coloring. -Happy Boy Farms

Olives for Home Curing- my friend popped one in her mouth and let's just say it was a bitter experience!


It’s also time to start decorating the apartment with pumpkins, reddish colored candles, and pretty fall things.

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Farmer’s Market Find

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Golden Gate Bridge is under there!

Purchased: mixed greens, lettuce gems, cherry tomatoes, lemon cucumber, summer squash, zucchini, cilantro, and thyme

I really like Happy Boy Farms

Purchased rainbow chard and Kale from Rio De Parros Organics

Replacing Greens

Spent a total of $46.60 and it's more than enough to last us until next Sunday!

I bought enough vegetables and fruit to last us over a week. On Wednesday, I will pick up a couple of chicken breasts or fresh fish. (We don't eat meat on Mon & Tues)

Maybe we should have friends over for dinner this week?

Other Purchases (not pictured):
Broccoli
Corn
Free range, antibiotic free ½ dozen eggs
French Baguette
Green bell peppers
Heirloom Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Nectarines
Pea Greens
Peaches
Plums
Roma tomatoes
Strawberries

The Weekender July 1-5

The long weekend is finally here! If you don’t have plans to jet out of town¸ check out these good ol’ American (non-touristy) events happening in the Bay Area. Check out the slide show for more inspiration!

Thur-Mon July 1-5Marin County Fair • 11-11PM
The 65th edition of the Marin County Fair will celebrate the theme Going Global: Connecting Cultures complete with attractions, interactive exhibits and contests that offer the best in family fun. Along with traditional Fair favorites (thrilling carnival rides, delicious food, loveable farm animals and dazzling fireworks) there’ll be exciting family discoveries each day of the Fair!

Friday July 2nd Turning the Tables • 7-9PM
A recurring theme in the art of Glenda and Jesse Drew is to render visible the often unseen human labor embodied in the modern food system.  Their most recent effort, Turning the Tables, is a series of video/audio portraits of waiters in local San Francisco restaurants.  By sharing the hopes, thoughts, and stories of these men and women, Turning the Tables offers viewers a richer, more human view of restaurant culture.  Join us to celebrate the opening of this exhibition, enjoy a glass of wine, and spend some time with these wonderful moving portraits.

Friday July 2nd Food Truck Congregation • 5-8PM
Music, great food, beer, wine, and amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Alcatraz?! “Off The Grid” is organizing this weekly cultural market. Participating food vendors include Peko Peko Catering, El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Chaac Mool, Hapa SF, Seoul On Wheels, Soul Cocina, Onigilly, Azalina’s Malaysian and Global Soul. Get your grub on!

Off the Grid: Fort Mason

Sat-Sun July 3-4 • Fillmore Jazz Festival • 10-6PM
With live acts spinning grooves on multiple stages, the Fillmore Jazz Festival welcomes artists from all over the jazz spectrum, including everything from jazz-fusion to vintage jazz standards. The Jazz Festival prides itself on not only looking forward into the future of jazz music, but it is likewise deeply respectful of the jazz legends that came before. In addition to live music, the Fillmore Jazz Festival will feature over eight blocks of arts and crafts, gourmet food and drinks on San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Street.

Saturday July3th Crush Barrel Wine Market • 12-5PM
The Crush Barrel Wine Market is the first of its kind to offer consumers a $10 instant rebate towards the purchase of wine. Northern California’s premiere wine tasting and wine market celebrates the Bay Area’s vintners, food purveyors, specialty vendors, live music (Bautista), and more. Buying tickets early is recommend — they sold out last time.

Sunday July 4thSummer Festival and Chili Cookoff 10-4PM
The 29th Annual Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off continues the tradition of the Independence Day Celebration, attracting thousands of sun and chili lovers. The festival embraces everything wonderful about summer, and teams of chefs battle for the chili championship. There will be live music, dancing, children’s activities, food vendors and more.

Sunday July 4thMind, Body & Wellness Workshop 10-4PM
Mind-Body Wellness Workshop is a free community service initiative by The Art of Living Foundation and aims at creating more awareness about healthy and stress-free way of life. The experience of meditation can take us beyond the usual mental stress and emotional agitation to a calm centered place. Explore the delicate art of quieting the mind!

Sunday July 4thFireworks and BBQ 1-6PM
It’s San Francisco’s biggest Fireworks Party! Come sample and shop for dozens of boutique wines and enjoy barbecue food in the historic Del Monte Square next to the Cannery on July 4th at 1p-6p. Fill up on barbecue food, enjoy boutique wines, and select your wine for the fireworks and for your after party!

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Fort Mason’s Farmers Market

Last Sunday, June 6th, the Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market opened with the support of thousands of San Francisco residents including the Honorable Willie Brown, and Senator Mark Leno. It was a perfect San Francisco day for the grand opening- … Continue reading

The Weekender

Hello Fabulous Club Dine In! Members!
Hopefully, the fog and rain will stay away and we can continue to enjoy the fabulous spring weather!

Friday May 21 • PacMan’s 30th Anniversary • All Day
Reminisce and visit your childhood days by playing Pacman on Google’s homepage. The game that started it all… 😀

Friday May 21 • Sausalito Farmer’s Market • 4-8 PM
Take in the beautiful scenery while picking out your weekend eats.
http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=detail&id=2050

Friday May 21 • Happy Hour • 5-7 PM
Guests at The Vin Club can taste any 5 wines by the glass for $5 bucks while enjoying soft jazz in the background.
http://thevinclub.com/

Friday May 21 • Sexy Soup Party • 7-9 PM
Come ‘Get Sexy’ for Sexy Soup Cart’s 1 Year Anniversary Celebration! Enjoy food from street vendors selling fresh, homemade, wholesome food to the San Francisco community.
http://foodtherapysf.com/sexy-soup-cart/
Saturday May 22 • Organic Conversation • 10 AM
An Organic Conversation with Helge Hellberg and Mark Mulcahy – a weekly inspiration for anyone who eats.  Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. PST on Green960 AM and www.Green960.com.
Saturday May 22 • eBike Wine Tour • 9-7 PM
Take a vacation from your car and have a change of scenery! When you rent a Change of Greenery Electric Bike, you’ll be given The Napa Valley Green Card – the key to getting great deals such as complementary wine and chocolate tastings, 2-for-1 deals, discounts at specialty shops and restaurants!
http://www.changeofgreenery.com/

Saturday May 22 • Uncorked! Wine Festival• 1-6 PM
Ghirardelli Square and La Cocina will host the fifth annual Uncorked! Wine Festival, showcasing more than 50 top-tier wineries from California’s premium wine making regions.
http://uncorked2010.eventbrite.com/

Saturday May 23 • Food History • 12-6 PM
Within the historic vaults of the Old Mint, explore the past, present and future of food and drink in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each day there will be a live presentation exploring the history of food in the Bay Area and the people who have made that history.
http://earthto5star.com/
Sunday May 23 • Responsible Art • 10 AM
Douglas Gayeton showcases his photographs taken in Sonoma in 2009 featuring local businesses that are taking personal responsibility and doing their part to lessen their impact on the world around them.
http://www.museoitaloamericano.org/