Raspberries from Yrena Farms
All sorts of berries are available in the market now. These beautiful raspberries are sold by Yrena Farms from the Santa Cruz area.
Ferry Building, San Francisco
The Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market is the largest in San Francisco, and one of the largest in the nation. Over 20,000 shoppers attend the Saturday Market which boasts over 100 vendors. It is held outside the historic Ferry Building on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
We're starting seeing a couple vendors with hot-housed tomatoes at the market. I usually like to wait until July or August when the field tomatoes start to come in, but it's nice to have the option to buy local tomatoes when the craving hits.
County Line Vegetables
County Line Harvest is one of the newest vendors at the Saturday market. County Line is a great farm based in Marin County that specializes in greens. This week, they were selling beautiful green beans and some of the first peppers I've seen at the market this season.
Dirty Girl Produce Radicchio
I arrived at the market too late to get some of Dirty Girl's fabulous strawberries, but picked up this beautiful radicchio for grilling.
Hidden Star Orchards boasts some of the most beautiful cherries in the market. Here, you can see dark Bing cherries and bright yellow Rainiers. Our cherry season typically runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day, though the cold, rainy weather here has skewed the season to shorter and later this year.
K & J Orchard's stone fruit
This is the perfect time of year to buy apricots. These beauties were being sold at the K & J Orchard booth.
The rare green almond
I found it. Late spring is when you'll see (if you have a sharp eye) these green almonds at the market. Almonds go through a few stages, starting with a period when the nut is jellyish. This week's almonds at Knoll Farms were firmer—perfect for eating them out of hand after peeling. They're a bit bitter, and great for a cheese plate.
There's still some time to buy shelling peas. Get them while you can! Swanton Ferry Farm is one of my favorite vendors for peas.