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What's in season?

Hi SF Chowhounds! I'll be visiting late next week, spending the weekend. I plan to shop the Ferry Bldg. Saturday morning, and am wondering what to keep an eye out for? I'd also appreciate notes on anything else available on the peninsula worth seeking out. I've noted the thread about must-haves from the Farmer's Market that travel, but am also curious about what to sample while there. Thanks!

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  1. squash (delicata is amazing), winter lettuces, jerusalem artichokes, apples, pears, persimmons, and pomegranites. everything at the ferry building is worth looking out for, seriuosly. so many samples, too. you can't pick something bad, it's all tasteable and so great.

    1. This week my CSA box has:

      # Beets
      # Cauliflower
      # Dino Kale or Mizuna
      # Lettuce
      # Spinach
      # Peppers
      # Butternut Squash
      # Potatoes

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        And my CSA box (from a different farmer) had white turnips, zucchini, carrots, romaine lettuce, cabbage, romanesco cauliflower, apples, and butternut squash.

      2. It's the early part of Meyer lemon season. Here's a photo of the lemons I got last weekend from the Ferry Building farmers' market: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/200...

        If you can't easily find Meyer lemons where you're from, it might be worth just packing a few in your suitcase to take home. Definitely a sign of the season. :


        (Just remember to get it from the Fresno farmer stand. I forget the name but it's in the back of the Ferry Building right outside Sur La Table's back door and next to the Lavendar stand. There was another woman selling it from her stand in the front and hers were still green. The Fresno farmer had a nice selection and color in the back.)

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        1. Crab is in season now too. Get fresh crab at the Ferry Building.

          1. Fuerte Avocados usually start to come out around this time too. We have a tree of them and they're usually ready in November. For my money, these make the best guacamole.

            1. At Berkeley Bowl today, one of the produce guys was giving out tastes of a wonderful navel orange. About 2 weeks ago I bought a couple for zest and they were pretty terrible.

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              1. re: oakjoan

                The Bowl stocks maybe a dozen different navel oranges in season. There's a "heirloom" variety they get sometimes that's great--can't remember the name but the label has the URL for the grower's Web site.

              2. Ok, so maybe it doesn't fit the "fresh" category, but speaking of packing things away in your suitcase, I suggest picking up a few jars of June Taylor's preserves, etc. to take with you. She's particular about her fruit and the results can't be beat.

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                1. re: spring

                  after hearing so many raves about June Taylor, I am interested in purchasing some of her products online... do you have any particular products you recommend?

                2. I got my first seedless satsumas of the season last week at Ferry Plaza. It's the stand to the left of the entrance facing the bay with the super pomegranates and pomegranate juice.

                  There's another recent thread on the Ferry Building and what to get at the market, so do a search.

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                  1. re: Windy

                    I tried my first satsumas this weekend. I wasn't that thrilled. But it did have an interesting taste that I can't seem to put my finger on. Almost like pear or something?

                  2. We got some puntarelle yesterday from La Tercera at the Berkeley farmers market.

                    1. Thanks so much for all the recs. We actually get satsumas and meyer lemons here in KC, although they're $3/lb.+ It's a very short season, maybe three weeks they're in the markets, then bye-bye! Good site, Chef Ben.

                      I'm going to the Ferry Bldg. with an appetite Sat. morning, and will check out these much raved about jams, for sure. Thanks again, everyone. I'm so looking forward to this trip! SF is a foodie paradise.

                      1. Marquita has a web page that they update late in the week that mentions what they're planning to bring to the Saturday morning Ferry Plaza market: