Farmers Market Finds: Cusp of Spring

Today was the perfect Spring day. Bright and sunny, without the iconic San Francisco fog. The farmers market was bursting with activity and I feared I was too late for the first crop of the asparagus. Things like asparagus, pasture-raised eggs, and squash blossoms always go super fast at the markets.

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There comes a certain time each quarter of the year when I begin to anticipate the arrival of new crops as I become bored with the current selection. Subtle signs like hearing more birds chirp outside the window and cherry trees blossoming throughout the city, get me thinking about all of the recipes I can revisit. As I walked through the market, I was mesmerized by the subtle changes taking place at each stand.

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The cusp of a seasonal change is the best time at the farmers market. Vegetables such as rainbow chard and broccolini are still available as the pea shoots and asparagus become abundant. This kind of availability can really kick up the creativity in the kitchen and lend to more variety in your meals.

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Nevertheless, I was able to get a few of the remaning stalks and texted my friends to come over for brunch. I made grilled asparagus topped with sautéed onions and fried eggs. We also had a salad made out of roasted watermelon radish, arugula, walnuts, and feta cheese. My husband did the honors of pouring freshly squeezed Cara Cara orange juice.

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Real eggs are supposed to be this rich in hue. Pale, neon yellow eggs are the biggest signs of low-quality, factory-farmed eggs. Eat vibrantly!

What are you anticipating for the Spring season?

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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

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