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heirloom tomatoes and shelling beans in SF markets?

edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 03:11 PM

Anyone seeing shelling beans or heirloom tomatoes yet in SF markets? Suggestions on places to look for farm-raised local produce today (not farmer's market, obviously).


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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 05:02 PM

    I have yet to see fresh shelling beans (though favas are still around). Due to the weather verything's late this year.

    1. celeste RE: edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 05:10 PM

      I would recommend being careful with the heirloom tomatoes until later in the season. The heirlooms I got at the farmer's market on Saturday were not very flavorful - and I got several different kinds. Quite disappointing.

      1. rabaja RE: edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 05:39 PM

        If you can wait until tomorrow you will probably find fresh black eyed peas at one of the farmers markets. I've been getting them at the Alemany market for the last few weeks and they've just been getting better and better.
        I know you aked for a store, but there are small markets mid week around the city.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 06:00 PM

          Real Food on Polk carries a lot of the same local farm organic produce you'll find at better farmers markets.

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            Chris Rising RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 17, 2006 08:14 PM

            I picked up some Early Girl's at Real Food last week and they were quite tasty.

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            rtmonty RE: edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 06:22 PM

            I got heirlooms at the Alameda farmers market last week and they were really pretty good. Didn't see any beans however.

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              MuppetGrrl RE: edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 06:47 PM

              I get my heirlooms from Farm Fresh to You Market in the Ferry Building, and they've been very good after a few days' ripening.

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                monday RE: edgrimley Jul 17, 2006 07:45 PM

                Not quite on the topic, but I got some really incredible dried cranberry beans from a vendor at the Ferry Plaza a few weeks ago. They were from last summer, and I picked them up at the Iaccopa (sp?) Farms stand at the Tuesday market. They did not require soaking, and the texture, when finished, was silky and marvelous. I can hardly wait for fresh, but these sure did a good stand in.

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