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Market Watch: 4505 Does Burgers, Berry Bash and Red Hot Garlic

The Thursday market was yesterday, from 10 am to 2 pm. Click here to see what new lunch options there were, such as Namu's BBQ Belly Sandwich, chorizo-potato tacos and Ambrosia-melon agua fresca from Tacolicious, and 100% grass fed Magruder Ranch Cheeseburger on a sesame bun from 4505 Meats. Don't miss out next week!

Market Watch: Flying Saucers Sighted, Plus Kraut Galore

Dahlias were out in full force and in just about every color at Cypress Flower Farm this week. Farmer Randy Dardanelle grows these summer beauties on his 12-acre farm in Moss Beach. This flamboyant flower, a native to Mexico and Central America, is also the official flower of San Francisco. It’s hard not to swoon over these delicate blooms in all their bright hues and intricate forms.

Market Watch: Chef Chris Cosentino Seen Snagging the Prospect Tomatoes

The chef’s carts were loaded down with heirloom tomatoes this week as the first of the field grown beauties started to make their debut. Chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto Restaurant in Noe Valley was seen snapping up flats of a variety called Prospect at the Balakian Farms booth to use on his menu in a dish featuring smoked escolar and charred Padrón peppers. Farmer Ginger Balakian grows over 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes on her farm including Green Zebras, Watermelon Beefsteaks and Yellow Brandywine.

Market Watch: Thursday Now Means Tacos, Wood-Fired Pizza and More

Lunch is served! This week marks the return of the new and improved Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, with more food fixings than ever: wood-fired pizza from Pizza Politana, porchetta sandwiches for Roli Roti, tacos and homemade strawberry horchata from Tacolicious, the latest from the Laiola team, lox sandwiches from Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoke and kimchi okonomiyaki from the folks behind Namu. Additionally, you can find the best seasonal produce from Dirty Girl, Tory Farms, Lucero, Swanton and Lagier Ranches.

Market Watch: Tayberries, New Potatoes and a Gem of a Lettuce

Summer is definitely here when tayberries, a hybrid of the red raspberry and blackberry, are back in abundance at the Yerena Farms booth. In addition to the marvelously sweet tayberry, farmer Apolinar Yerena and his brothers Guillermo and Gilberto grow strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, prickly pear cactus and squash on their 22 acre farm in Royal Oaks. Tayberries are sweeter and larger than raspberries and very delicate—making them difficult to pack and ship—so they’re only available at your local farmers’ market.

Market Watch: Get Your Pluots, Smoked Salt and Man the Torpedos

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

Market Watch: Beets, Lemon Cucumbers and Candycots

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

Market Watch: Garlic Scapes, Blenheims and Blackberries For the Picking

I spotted some strikingly beautiful garlic scapes at the Marin Roots Farm booth last Saturday. Scapes are the slender shoots that emerge from hard-neck garlic varieties in late spring and early summer. They’re usually removed to allow the garlic plant to focus its energy on the growing bulb. Garlic scapes have a lovely mild flavor and a wonderful texture similar to young asparagus or pole beans. They can be grilled, added to stir fries or salads and they make a fantastic pesto.

Market Watch: Nopales, Dandelions and Finally—Peaches!

Tory Farms returned to the market last Saturday with baskets of their lovely May Crest peaches. The May Crest variety is one of the first to appear for the season and is remarkably sweet and flavorful. Rebecca and Tory Torosian of Tory Farms grow a wide variety of peaches, nectarines, and pluots throughout the season. This week, Rebecca tells me they’ll also have Rose Diamond nectarines and possibly a few of their wonderful apricots.

Market Watch: Cherries Are In, Asparagus Is (Almost) Out and B.Y.O.B.

This weekend, CUESA will kick off the next phase of our Waste Wise Market Initiative by becoming the first plastic-bag free farmers market in San Francisco. If you forget to B.Y.O.B., vendors will still be dispensing paper and/or compostable bags at their booths and we’ll also be offering re-usable and washable 100% cotton Eco-Bags for sale at our information booth.

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