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Aug 26, 2006 06:39 PM

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.

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  1. Anabelle is a treasure. Everything she sells is the best of market. Can't wait until her heirloom squash come in.

    1. What day is the Berkeley Farmers' Market and where would one find it? Thanks!

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      1. re: dimsumgirl

        They're talking about the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market. It's located on Center St. between Milvia and MLK. It's open from 10-3.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Robert, thank you for the link! Great information; can't wait to go to one of these!

        1. 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.

          1. Anabelle was the wild arugula and squash blossom lady? Awesome stuff.
            That crazy tiny basil she was selling was totally delicious. As was the arugula
            I made into a salad for some friends tonight with some mustard greens.
            Tell me more, who is this Annabelle?

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            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

              Annabelle has worked for Star Route Farms for years. This is her own stuff. She has wonderful winter lettuces. (I am talking about radicchio and chicories.)

              1. re: wally

                Her farm is La Tercera.

                I wouldn't call those winter lettuces, since she's only at the market in late summer and early fall.