Berkeley Farmer's Market--Just Go
Just returned, wonders too numerous to mention. Anabelle from Bolinas is back, on the far south west side, and her stuff is creme de la creme (and the regular creme is amazing). She has beautiful herbs, zucchini blossoms, yellow haricot vert, wild arugula, amazing heirloom stuff of beautiful quality.
There is too much good stuff at the market to mention, almost overwhelming in the variety and quality. If you live in the east bay, and you love to eat and cook, I urge you to check it out.
Went today hoping to pick up some Fatted Calf bunny pate without pre-ordering. I was in luck. Also got some of their smoked pork chops. Cost me a month's salary, but they smell fantastic. I was transferring them into plastic bags and the smell is still on my hands.
Also got to try Blue Bottle coffee for the first time (a neophyte am I). They were out of beans, but had some iced coffee left. It was just delicious. I am an old Peet's maniac and have not liked any coffee other than Mr. P's for years. This stuff is even better. Even better when it was sitting in a cooler for a while and already had 1/2&1/2 or whatever added.
Since my CSA box yesterday had already filled my quota of gypsy peppers, melon, tomatoes, and green beans, I skipped most of the other stuff.
This is the earliest I've ever made it to this market. I mostly drive up after 2 p.m. when almost everything is gone.
I really want to like my local Grand Lake market, but Berkeley's is ever so much better.