It’s National Farmers Market Week, and there’s no time like the present to savor the late summer harvest while supporting your favorite farmers market. In August the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is brimming with heirloom tomatoes, sweet summer corn, juicy summer grape varietals and peppers in a wide range of colors and piquancy. Here’s what not-to-miss this month:
On Saturday, February 22, Mat Schuster, executive chef and owner of Canela Bistro and Wine Bar, will be in the CUESA Classroom to demonstrate Spanish inspired ways to use winter produce. In addition to demonstrating three of his favorite dishes—a traditional tortilla, clams cooked in Cava, and a winter gazpacho – he’ll also come armed with Spanish pantry items and talk about how to use these ingredients to compliment the seasonal flavors of the late winter market.
From kumquats and blood oranges to sweet, fragrant green garlic, lemony sorrel and punchy dandelion greens, winter at the farmers market is a symphony of bittersweet flavors. This month at CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market we’ll be celebrating the bitter, the sweet, and everything in between.
In 1999, Dan Lehrer and his wife Joanne Krueger (of Flatland Flower Farm), moved to Sebastopol and took over a small apple orchard. They then converted the land to organic, planted new varieties of heirloom apples and erected three greenhouses on the property to grow plant starts. Their apples are harvested in late summer, and for much of the year they offer edible, native and rare plant starts to market shoppers.
Satisfy all your Thanksgiving feast needs this week at the special Wednesday edition of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market!
This month, I’ll be scoping out the market and searching CUESA’s seasonal recipe archives for dishes to wow my friends and family with on Thanksgiving. In addition to the return of some of late-fall and early-winter favorites like citrus, cardoons and kiwi, there are many great things happening at CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this November that you won’t want to miss.
Autumn officially began almost two weeks ago, but October brings the true seasonal shift at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. We may be saying goodbye to plums, basil and eggplant, but we’re also welcoming back pumpkins, Brussels sprouts and early citrus varieties. Here are some fall treats you won’t want to miss this month at the market: