Market Update: INTENSE Season = INTENSE Produce

Although the weather has taken a cooler turn in the past week, the produce at the South Berkeley Farmers’ Market yesterday was the product of an unusually hot season that got off to an early start with a number of heatwaves that began back in May. Instead of a steady trickle of new harvests, things seem to be arriving…

Tomato Season 2012 Update

We hit the Derby Street 63rd & Adeline Market yesterday to check in with some of our favorite tomato farmers and find out how the season is progressing.

Last time we’d checked in, things were off to a slower and cooler start than expected which led to our decision to reschedule this year’s Tomato Dinners for mid-September. This time around, we found an eye-popping barrage…

Tomato Season 2010 off to a slow start

This year, because the rainy season went so long, we’ve pushed the dates for the 2010 Tomato Dinners back to September 15 – 19 and are watching and waiting. Recently, we’ve seen the first few cherry tomatoes and…

Market Report #5: with Tim Mueller of Riverdog Farm

Tim Mueller took some time to talk to us on Saturday at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market about what is going on & what is going IN to the ground at Riverdog Farm. The first plantings of summer’s big ticket items including tomatoes, sweet corn, and beans will happen over the next few weeks. While crops planted last fall begin to go…

Market Report #3: ‘Crazy’ Cabbage, Goose Eggs, Red Romaine

Yesterday, Bill & Paul hit the Derby Street market just in time to see all the purple asparagus vanish. No bother. There was plenty else to ogle including ‘crazy’ cabbage from Full Belly Farm and beautiful red romaine lettuce from Riverdog Farm. Also, some massive goose eggs from Arthur Davis of Ludwig Avenue Farm and a few tips from Chef Canales on…

Autumn 2009 at Riverdog Farm

“Tomato harvest continues, although not at the pace it was just a month ago. We’re still busy harvesting peppers, eggplants, greenbeans, black-eyed peas, and of course, winter squash. We’re also busy seeding and planting many of our winter crops: kale, broccoli…”

Turning from Tomatoes & Toward the Persimmons

We queried our farmers last week, just before the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd, to get one last report as the tomato season comes to a close and to find out what is planned for the cooler months of fall.

Welling Tom of Brookside Farm had this to tell us:…

Tomato Watch Week 20 – Shippers, Breakers, Pickers, Packers

It has been a great year for tomatoes weather-wise and also timing-wise; many farmers took the risk of planting early and the risk paid off. Another part of the equation is knowing when to pick tomatoes and who to pick them for. Back in April, Tim Mueller of Riverdog Farm in Yolo County took the time to explain to us the stages of a ripening tomato….

Tomato Watch Week 18 (Part 2): In which we also consider the eggplant

Chef Paul Canales hit up the Derby Street Farmers’ Market yesterday with daughter Eva in tow. The duo got a look at some of the recently ripe tomatoes at Riverdog Farm, Catalan Farms, Lucero Organic Farm, and Full Belly Farm. Tomato season should hit its peak in the next few weeks, giving the chefs time to evaluate…

Tomato Watch Week 18 – Riverdog Farm

In the film below, we visit with Trini Campbell and Tim Mueller of Riverdog Farm back in April after their tomato plants went in the ground. Tim tells us what the next few months will require to insure healthy, beautiful tomatoes by August: lots of attention, diligence, and a variety of essential oils that help to combat against an even wider variety of pests…