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Market Watch: Exotic Summer Produce Comes to the Ferry Plaza

We’re at the height of the summer season at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and each week brings new warm-weather fruits, veggies and legumes to savor and experiment with in the kitchen. This week, as I picked up three of my favorite summer market finds—French prunes, Costata Romanesca squash and Tongue of Fire shelling beans—I checked in with the farmers who grow them about their favorite ways to enjoy them.

Market Watch: Tomatoes of All Kinds Invade the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Market Watch: Tomatoes of All Kinds Invade the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

August 5-11 has been declared National Farmers Market Week by United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and there are more than a few good reasons for you to celebrate the season and your favorite farmers markets this week. Summer produce is abundant at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and the chefs who shop here are stocking up on everything from sweet bicolor corn to summer squash to field-grown tomatoes.

Market Watch: 25 Lusk's Chef Matthew Dolan On His Favorite Early Summer Produce

On Sunday, more than 40 of the Bay Area’s top chefs will be showcasing summer’s bounty at CUESA’s Summer Celebration. Shopping at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this week with 25 Lusk’s Executive Chef, Matthew Dolan, who will be a participant this year, it was hard not to get excited about the summer’s bounty. His restaurant’s menu is a reflection of his energy and enthusiasm for seasonality. Much of the menu changes weekly, and sometimes daily, to reflect what his favorite small farms are harvesting.

Market Watch: Meet the Faces Behind SF's Best Eateries at CUESA's Summer Celebration

Last week marked the official start of summer, one of our favorite times of years at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Sweet Brentwood corn from G & S Farms, organic blueberries from Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm, white apricots from Candy Cot Fruit Company and the first field-grown cherry tomatoes from Eatwell Farm were all auspicious indicators that the season is starting off on the right foot. CUESA will be showcasing the bounty of the season at our second annual Summer Celebration on Sunday, July 15th.

Market Watch: Cheeses to Enjoy This Summer at the Ferry Plaza

Market Watch: Cheeses to Enjoy This Summer at the Ferry Plaza

Kiri Fisher, one of the owners of The Cheese School of San Francisco, makes regular trips to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to select cheeses from local cheese makers like Cowgirl Creamery, Andante Dairy and Achadinha Cheese Company and find seasonal produce to pair with them.

Market Watch: It's Cherry Season at the Ferry Plaza

Market Watch: It's Cherry Season at the Ferry Plaza

Cherry season is in full swing at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and, with new varieties popping up each week but only a handful of weeks left in their short season, now is the time to get your fill. There are over 15 varieties of cherries to try and buy from a dozen different farms. Many of these varieties, like Brooks, Lapin and Rainier, are already available at Paoletti Farm, K & J Orchards and Frog Hollow Farm.

Market Watch: Learn to Make Pie from Three Babes Bakeshop

Market Watch: Learn to Make Pie from Three Babes Bakeshop

Lenore Estrada and Anna Derivi-Castellanos are both bona fide pie junkies. The two friends, who met in the third grade while growing up in the Central Valley, started baking pies together in high school. Their shared love of pie inspired them to launch Three Babes Bakeshop last year.

Market Watch: CUESA's Drool-Worthy Spring Breakfast Menu

Market Watch: Celebrate Spring with CUESA's Annual Spring Breakfast

One of my favorite times of the year at the market is when the first cherries of the season show up at the Hamada Farms’ stand, signaling the first stone fruit of the season. This week raspberries will be available at Yerena Farms, and some early varieties of peaches will be on hand from Kashiwase Farms, which returns to market this Saturday.

Market Watch: Fifth Floor's Chef David Bazirgan Hunts for Asparagus and more

Market Watch: Fifth Floor's Chef David Bazirgan Hunts for Asparagus and more

At the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, chefs and shoppers have been enjoying the height of asparagus season, but it looks like we may only have about six more weeks of it, according to farmer Roscoe Zuckerman. While it’s rare to see a chef at the market without a flat or two of asparagus on their carts, it is toward the last half of the season that they start to load up on the exotic purple variety called Viola, grown at Zuckerman’s Farm.

Market Watch: Monk's Kettle's Chef Gets Excited for Spring Veggies and the Annual Goat Fest

Chef Adam Dulye was excited to get his hands on fava beans from Star Route Farms at the market this week. Young favas, he told me, are one of the spring vegetables he looks forward to most each year. Since taking over the kitchen of Monk’s Kettle he has used the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to inspire and guide his menus, which put a seasonal and local spin on classic gastropub fare. In addition to the favas, he also had spring onions, peas, mushrooms, strawberries, English peas and baby carrots on his shopping list this week.

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