San Francisco Farmer’s Market

by Denise Woodward on February 21, 2010

in California, Chez Us Cooks, Featured

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One of our foodie goals for 2010 is to have a better idea of where our food originates. We are about 85% there. In the same breathe, we’d like to make sure that we’re eating as local as possible, plus or minus those guilty pleasures (French wine and cheese, of course). In order to make this goal happen, we’re on the quest to find what we consider to be the perfect farmer’s market for our needs. What will make or break our market choice? That’s simple: variety, price point, and, over all, atmosphere.

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Despite the rain we ventured out to one of the many Bay Area farmer’s markets, staying local by visiting the Noe Valley farmer’s market. The Noe Valley market is small and very family oriented, think Stroller Valley.

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We were sad to find mostly an abundance of root vegetables, citrus and apples, but excited to see that Happy Boy Farms was there, as they have the best carrots and butternut squash. There was also a honey vendor, Prather Ranch (an organic meat company), and a mushroom vendor.

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Despite not being able to fill our baskets with beautiful and varied produce, we still enjoyed the market and had a chance to snap some photos and splash in the puddles. We hope it was just the rain that kept away most of the usual vendors. We’ll be giving the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market another visit, since they’re literally just a couple blocks away.

Our market purchases:

  • Carrots & Butternut Squash: Happy Boy Farm
  • Lettuce: Happy Boy Farm
  • Pomelos: Twin Girls Farm

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Denise Woodward

Denise leaves in Oakland, California with her partner in crime Lenny. She is a free lance webcast producer, photographer, food writer and recipe developer who is always dreaming about food. She is driven by delicious as well as gorgeous food, and admits that her first thought of the morning is what she will be cooking that day. During her free time she enjoys traveling and hitting mountain getaways with Lenny in their Eurovan. You can find more of her recipes over at their shared food blog Chez Us, or follow along on Instagram where she shares daily inspirations.

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