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…

Market Report #8: Tomato Speculation With Bill Fujimoto

We hit up the Derby Street Market last Tuesday with our favorite produce guy, Bill Fujimoto.

We checked in with Full Belly, Lucero, and…

Signs of Summer

Today marks the first day of Summer 2011 and many signs of the season were on display at the Derby Street Market: fragrant basil, cherry tomatoes from Full Belly, summer squash & those knockout long stem Seascape strawberries from Lucero, and…

Market Report #5: Lucero Seascape Strawberries

Yesterday, we saw the first wave of the Lucero Organic Farm’s amaaazing long stem Seascape strawberries at the Derby St. market in Berkeley. Karen Lucero showed up at 2 p.m. when the market opened, and was sold out within three hours. Ben Lucero has been growing this same variety of strawberry for years, even after…

Market Report #4: Favas, peas, artichokes, and goat!

Lots of spring firsts at the Derby Street market yesterday. English peas were in full-effect at a number of different stands. As were strawberries, asparagus, and the first baby fava beans…tender enough that you can eat the shell and everything. Chef Jonah and Chef de Cuisine Malachi bought up some lovely purple asparagus and baby artichokes from Riverdog Farm. Starting tonight,…

Market Report #3: Late Spring

Everyone is out & about in their shirtsleeves but market wise, spring’s a little late this year. We visited the Derby Market on Tuesday and talked to Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farm in Yolo who said that due to the late rains, the ground has been too wet to work. Finally, this past week…

Market Report – End of March 2011

The Derby Street market was hopping yesterday! Lots of people were out enjoying the sunshine & also the Ecology Center’s César Chávez Celebration. There were Capoeira dancers! The other end of the market was atwitter with the upcoming Berkeley City Council meeting scheduled for later that afternoon to discuss…

Market Report #14 – Cold Snap & Salsa

The Derby Street farmers market was bustling today, in a pre-Thanksgiving-panic sort of way. But the sun came out and most of our farmers seemed ready for the hordes. And Maria Catalan was ready with samples of her salsa…

Market Report #13 – ….more tomatoes!

Last week, after the Derby Street market, Megan from Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz stopped by with a delivery of Early Girl tomatoes, Cranberry beans, and Cannellini beans. She had some soup…

Market Report #12 – Tomatoes?

We got some solid information from Bill about this year’s weird weather and how it has effected tomato crops in northern California.

In the hopes of things heating up in time for a late-late summer ripening, we’ve pushed back the dates for the 2010 Tomato Dinners to…