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Fresh English peas?

Kosmonaut Apr 2, 2007 11:22 AM

Has anyone seen fresh English peas in any of the local markets? I need 4 lbs for a recipe and have not been able to find any.


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  1. JasmineG RE: Kosmonaut Apr 2, 2007 11:23 AM

    Riverdog Farms had them at the Berkeley Farmer's market this Saturday.

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      Kosmonaut RE: JasmineG Apr 2, 2007 12:39 PM


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      VirgoBlue RE: Kosmonaut Apr 3, 2007 10:36 AM

      Try Farmer's Markets as well. I know the San Mateo Farmer's Market at College of San Mateo on Saturdays has them every spring. They're fresh from the farm and often cheaper than in stores. They're so good sometimes I eat them fresh out of the pod. They're so sweet!

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        TerriL RE: VirgoBlue Apr 3, 2007 11:14 AM

        I'm pretty sure I saw them at the Sunday farmers' market in San Rafael.

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          alfairfax RE: TerriL Apr 4, 2007 07:51 AM

          I got lovely snow peas (better than what I find in Chinatown produce shops or Whole Foods, etc.) and saw sugar snap peapods, but no English peas. I wonder if I missed them. Did check out favorite English pea grower, Iacoppi Farms, but they do not yet have peas. Great looking brussels sprouts though.

      2. JasmineG RE: Kosmonaut Apr 3, 2007 10:43 PM

        I also saw them in the produce market in Market Hall today, so they might be around at the better grocery stores/produce stores.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: Kosmonaut Apr 4, 2007 08:26 AM

          Quantities are limited since the season's just started, so if you want some, get to a farmers market right when it opens.

          1. Eat_Nopal RE: Kosmonaut Apr 30, 2007 01:48 PM

            Don't know if they are the same thing as English peas, but my hunch is they are.... the fresh peas ubiquitous throughout Mexico's mercados in the late Spring / early Summer can be found at Lola's Market in Santa Rosa for $0.99 a pound.

            They also offer fresh garbanzos... but they are $3.99 a pound. The peas are quite good... the Garbanzo prices still scare me too much to try them.

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              chemchef RE: Eat_Nopal Apr 30, 2007 03:19 PM

              Try the fresh garbanzos.... they are great!

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                rworange RE: Eat_Nopal Apr 30, 2007 03:41 PM

                If the garbanzos are shelled .. go for it ... good price. If you have to shell them presonally, it is a bit of a hassle. If the are still on the bush ... skip ... overpriced. I liked fresh garbonzos, but they don't drive me wild. They also dry out really quickly so eat them within a week. I have some posts about fresh garbanzos out there, but search shows nada.

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                  Eat_Nopal RE: rworange Apr 30, 2007 04:40 PM

                  These are unshelled but off the stalk... it does seem steep doesn't it?

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                    minkus RE: Eat_Nopal Apr 30, 2007 06:05 PM

                    The garbanzos were 1.99 a pound at Berkeley Bowl on Thursday. They seem to range in the high $2s in the Mexican markets around Fruitvale. So $3.99 is high and it does take some time to pop them out. Unless you are really called it's novelty food-- but they are tasty with a quick saute.

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                Laura2 RE: Kosmonaut Apr 30, 2007 03:52 PM

                Iacopi's at the Ferry Plaza farmer's market or Andreotti farms (at CSM, I believe)...the HMB English sweet peas are the best!

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                  RCK RE: Laura2 Apr 30, 2007 08:43 PM

                  I love English peas, and the best I have ever had come from a small vegetable stand, I think called Bob's, about 5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Hwy 1. During salmon season I always stop there and load up. They are still cool from the foggy fields, and so sweet. Almost always eat straight from the pod.

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