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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 – 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 #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…

Market Report #11 – Foggy August

Yesterday, we hit the Derby Street Farmers’ Market with Chef Canales & got a good look at what is available. Okra, check. Black-eyed peas, check. Jimmy Nardello peppers, check. Gypsy peppers…not so much. Melons on the other hand are going gangbusters right now. Trini Campbell gave us…

Market Report #10: It’s All Happening

Chef Paul Canales hit the Berkeley Farmers’ Market yesterday to witness northern California produce in all its glory. Trini of Riverdog Farm gives us a tomato report, Didar talks heirloom stone fruit, and Chef tells us what to do with Jimmy Nardello peppers…

Market Report #9: Lucero Strawberries

We visited Derby Street Farmers’ Market in Berkeley this Tuesday & talked strawberries. Ripe strawberries. Not in Kansas City or New York. Super ripe, Seascape strawberries from Lucero Organic Farms, right here in California. Hold the gas.

Market Report #6: What to Buy This Week!

We visited the Berkeley Farmers’ Market last Saturday with Bill Fujimoto and got a good look at what’s in season right this minute & what will be even-more-in-season by the end of this week. We also got an insider’s tip on a savvy way to save…

Chokes Exposed

Ever wonder what the difference is between those long skinny artichokes and the shorter broader ones? Bill Fujumoto cuts a few open and shows us how the differences translate on the plate. The trick to determining the size of the heart is squeezing the backside. While that may sound like a perverted proverb, when selecting artichokes these are wise words to…

Market Report #2: Catalan Artichokes

Another week closer to spring and another visit to the farmers’ market with Chef Paul Canales and Bill Fujimoto. This week, we hit the Derby Street market in Berkeley to see some truly awesome specimens of artichoke grown by the one and only Maria Catalan of Catalan Farms in Hollister. Paul explains how they will be used in the Oliveto kitchen* & gives us some good tips on what to do …