bye-bye Small Potatoes
Wallace Condon of Small Potatoes Farm posted a sign at today's Ferry Plaza market announcing that he's retiring from farming and won't be back. Gracious as ever, he paused in the middle of a chess game with another customer to explain that the drive over Altamont Pass in the pre-dawn hours, and the sheer physical labor of farming, are getting to be more than he wants to put up with. I bought a few cloves of Lorz garlic--no vampires around HERE, I can tell you--thanked him for his fine produce through these past years and wished him a happy retirement. His email is
if anyone else wants to send good wishes.
Thanks so much for the notice. I will really miss Small Potatoes. They are one of the few vendors I make (made) a special trip to Ferry Plaza.
The year before he was seriously into the heirloom garlic and was in the process of testing it out, I was one of his "unofficial" garlic tasters ... the regular customers he would give a clove of each variety and ask to tell him next week what we thought.
REPLY FROM SMALL POTATOES
I am amazed at Chow Hounds coverage of my retirement. I plan to offer Heirloom Garlics and Grey Shallots by email next year. I will send out details of varieties and prices as the crop nears maturity in May.
Thanks for your kind words,