Farmer’s Market Find: Full Blown Autumn and Pummelos

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The air cool and crisp, the streets quiet from the raucous night before, and the faint smell of pumpkin pie being baked somewhere… It really was a good day to take a brisk walk over to the Farmer’s Market.

Buddha's Hand, can be used to make Limoncello- Hamada's Farm

Meyer Lemons make their first apparence! They are wonderful in a array of dishes, especially their zest.-Hamada's Farm

Isn't this just the cutest, funniest looking persimmon?- Ken's Top Notch Produce

Heirloom Sun-dried tomatoes from Serendipity Farms, my absolute favorite! You know I filled up my brown bag!

Sweet carrots, I will turn you into a delicious soup!- Happy Boy Farms

Raw olives- California Olive Oil

 

Fresh pastas from Santa Cruz Pasta Factory.

Can you guess how much this pumpkin weighs?

Persimmons, pomegranites, and a new discovery!

Pomelo or Pummelos look like a green grapefruit but are sweet in taste. However, the white skin is very bitter, so peel it off before eating the juicy, sweet fruit.

Happy Halloween

 

Farmer Market Purchases:
-Baby spinach, carrots, heirloom and Peach Boy tomatoes, Carnival squash, Ambercup squash, Cipolline onions (Happy Boy Farms),
-Gala apples (Billy Bob’s Organic)
-Pummelo or Pomelo (Rhode’s Family Farm)
-Lemon and dried, cured olives (California Olive Oil),
-Lacinato kale,  heirloom sun-dried tomatoes, Red Kuri squash (Serendipity Farms)
-Variety of red, green, and purple bell peppers (Rio de Parros Organics
-Fresh, Italian herb pappardelle (Santa Cruz Pasta Factory)
-Lingcod Fish
-Fresh cut flowers

Weekly Dinner Menu:

Sunday- Linkcod Fish (watercress pesto), Fresh Herb Pasta (spinach, sundried tomatoes, summer squash), and homemade pumpkin bread

Monday- Quinoa (butternut squash, lemon, herbs), Salad (olives, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, watercress),

Tuesday- Saturdays left over chicken curry and buckwheat rotis (for Satish), leftover herb pasta, lentils, sauteed veggies

Wednesday- Left over quinoa, herb potato slices, simple roasted acorn squash

Thursday-  Lemon-Kale Salad, lentils and squash, carrot soup

Friday- Dinner at my parents’ for Diwali; lots of childhood favorites

Saturday- Dining Out

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Farmer’s Market Find: Stevia!

I cooked a lot last week, almost every single day!  (I usually cook every two days). This week, I have a super tight schedule and I don’t want to think about making meals like I did last week (Saag Paneer, Roti, Chicken Curry, Baked Stuffed Tomatoes, French Toast, Pizza, Salads, Lentils). We have a ton of leftovers too. So I kept it light at the FM today and really restrained myself from going “gaga” over all the fresh, colorful summer  produce. It was truly melon madness at the market- at least 10 different types were spotted. The most surprising and unique find was Stevia! Stevia is a native South American plant grown in desert like conditions. The sweet plant does not thrive in moisture and is 30-45 times sweeter than table sugar and has been touted as safe for those who want a healthy alternative. I am going to experiment this week to see how I can use the leaves, as it’s typically found in powder and liquid form at stores. It can’t get more natural than having Stevia leaves! I don’t normally add sugar to anything I make, except in the occasional homemade lattes and chai. If you have tips, suggestions, or opinions on Stevia let me know!

Stevia! - $2 Hollie’s Homegrown

Look at the beautiful colors! - Happy Boy Farms

Piel de Sapo, super sweet! -$3 Happy Boy Farms

No fog today!!! It was a good day for a picnic, but it was still chilly in the Marina.

Padron Peppers, I used these last week in Saag Paneer and Chicken Curry -$4 Happy Boy Farms

Eat Safe!

Farmer’s Market Finds:
-Heirloom Tomatoes, mixed salad greens with edible flowers, Padron Peppers, Butterball Potatoes- $11.50 Happy Boy Farms
-Stevia Leaf Stem and marigold- $2.50 Hollie’s Homegrown
-Squash blossoms- $2 Serendipity Farms
Total: $16

*I will make one grocery run this week to pick up organic chicken breasts typically costing me $8

Farmers Market Find: Summer Tomatoes

August 1 2010
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I was in bit of a hurry today, so I could not shop leisurely or keep track of how much I spent at each farm. I am a little sad that I did not get the name of the ladies who were selling blackberries and boysenberries. Hopefully, they will be there in two weeks. I was very sad that Serendipity Farms no longer had their heirloom sun dried tomatoes. I really wish I stalked up on them last week, because their taste is phenomenal and add added mystery and depth to my lasagna, roasted veggies, chicken kebabs, pesto, sandwiches, omelets- I used them in everything! Italians first dried fresh tomatoes as way to store them for the winter.  Sun dried tomatoes also have the same nutritional value as fresh tomatoes- lycophene, vitamin B6, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and folate.

These make me happy, great for Meatless Mondays

Heirloom Tomatoes- Wholeness Farms (CCOF Certified)

Beautiful squashes and eggplant- Wholeness Farm (CCOF Certified)

Couldn't resist these purple beauties- Happy Boy Farms (CCOF Certified)

Aren't these fun looking?- Happy Boy Farms (CCOF Certified)

Planning on making a blackberry sauce-?

Plouts and Plums- Cipponeri Family Farms (Non-CCOF)

Kale- Serendipity Farms (CCOF)

Beautiful squash blossoms- Serendipity Farms (CCOF)

Farmer’s Market Find: Cucumbers

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This week I went to three different Farmer’s Market in the city! On Thursday I went to the grand opening of Mission’s Community Market. I couldn’t resist and bought a head of lettuce from Blue House Farm ($1.50), stone fruit from Arata Farms ($2), 2 squash blossoms from Tomatero Farms ($.50), and mint from Happy Boy Farms ($1.50), even though I wasn’t headed straight home.
A very lively FM in the Mission, offering produce, entertainment, youth mural project, and artisanal goods

I stopped by the Ferry Plaza FM on Saturday because I wanted to check out the Epicurious booth and grab something delicious to take to the Slow Food San Francisco picnic. I was greeted by bright colors popping from every booth- peppers, plouts, plums, nectarines, raspberries, kale, mint, marigolds- oh it was hard to not buy anything! I did buy sprouted lentils, and a delicious roasted beets and coriander yogurt sandwich and 1/4 rotisserie chicken from Il Cane Roso and headed to South Park for the picnic.

It was a beautiful day on the Embarcadero.

 

I returned to my usual FM at Fort Mason today to get my weekly groceries. Perfect as always, except there was no glimmer of the sun today. I was glad to see the familiar faces of the farmers and hot food vendors. I splurged and bought farmstead “Foggy Morning” cheese from Nicasio Valley ($7), to stuff in the squash blossoms I bought on Thursday. Also, the cheese is light and a great substitute for ricotta and feta. I was amazed to see the varieties of cucumbers that I bought all three kinds from Hamadas Farms. They also had the most plumpest, juiciest peaches and melons that I could not resist ($7.50). I also bought a lot of tomatoes, but Satish and I appreciate seasonal tomatoes! Maybe, I will make an Indian curry out of them. Or maybe, I will just roast them in the oven with salt and pepper. Or eat them with the farmstead cheese.

 

Enjoying the sandwich from Il Cane Roso

Other purchases:
Fingerling potatoes, basil, heirloom tomatoes, and baby spinach ($9.50)- Happy Boy Farms
Cherry tomatoes and one large beefsteak tomato ($2.00)- ?
Strawberries and a variety of zucchini ($5.50)- Serendipity Farm
Chard, kale, and purple bell peppers ($7.00) – Rio Parras Organics
Broccoli, red onion, garlic, and tomatoes on the vine ($5.50)- Swank Farm
A dozen large, fresh eggs- $4.50
Sandwich buns ($2.00)- Bakers of Paris

I spent $50.50 on this and much more! We are dining in every night this week and having a friend or two over for a meal. 🙂

Trifecta Cucumber Salad

I was really hungry after a pleasant time at the Farmer’s Market. I wanted something quick, healthy and filling. I decided to try out the different cucumbers I bought by making a simple salad. I had bought a Lemon, Armenian, and “Normal” cucumber.

1. Wash and dice or cube 1/3 cup of cucumbers
2. Wash and dice or cube ripe 1/3 cup of tomatoes (any variety)
3. Wash, pat dry, and roughly chop 1/4 cup mint

 

4. Toss all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. 5. Add 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well.
6. Transfer salad to a serving plate 7. crumble 1 tablespoon of Ricotta/Feta/Goat Cheese on top of the salad.
Cucumbers and mint are “cooling” foods, perfect foods for the summer.
Tomatoes contain Lycopene-an antioxidant that fights cancerous cell formation.

This salad can easily be made with one or many varieties of cucumbers and tomatoes; it’s all a matter of preference and what you have on hand. On a hot day, chill the tomatoes and cucumbers in the fridge before tossing in the mint and lemon juice.

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