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May 11, 2007 03:07 PM

Rhubarb, blueberries & the chance to have input on Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Does anyone know who it is that is selling rhubarb & blueberries at Ferry Plaza. Has anyone tried the blueberries or is this the first week?

I'm thinking strawberry-rhubarb compote. Whose berries have been the best at FP this year?

This week's CUESA newsletter has a section addressing concerns about losing some long-time vendors this year, parking, tourists ... etc ... and invites input from shoppers. Next week they will respond to ideas submitted at

Here's the link to this weeks newsletter with more info.

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  1. You know, that sounds a bit like lip service -- a week (or less than a week, if they plan to post their response a week from the time they solicit the comments) isn't much time to come up with a considered response.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Might be ... but its the first time they've reached out at all. Maybe Fitzgerald's leaving was the wake-up call. I'll give it one final try ...

      - all heavy & staple produce vendors(melons, tomatoes, stone fruit, root veggies, etc) in front of the building ... artisan /light products in back (cheese, fish, bakeries, jams, olive oils)

      - more seats

      I need to stop by this week. I'm wondering if early in the morning like before 9am they could maybe shut down one lane on the Embacardero for parking. There is zilcho traffic at that time.

      So the people who are serious about shopping could park and get the stuff in their car easier. Tourists are hardly likely to show up before 9am

      What also would be good is to move the vendors to the side of the building closest to that one nearby lot ... on the Taylor's side. There's also a nearby lot across the Embardero near there that is not the schlep that the garage is.

      Anyway, I figure it's like voting ... if you don't participate, don't complain.

    2. I got some rhubarb last Sat. at Happy Quail. It was mostly pale green, but nice firm stalks with good flavor. They won't be there this week, but will return the following Sat.
      Haven't seen blueberries yet this year, really looking forward to them though. Anyone find them yet?

      1. Is Lucero at FP? On Tuesday in Berkeley it was as though their berries had been dipped in sugar. They were small-to-tiny, each with a stem at least twice as long as the berry, and about the same red through and through as the Chowhound logo at the top of this page. Three baskets for $8. They also had a sign posted: "Berries all week!" They instructed buyers to lay their berries in a paper towel-lined plastic container, and to make sure to eat up any berries that looked not likely to last the week!

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        1. re: heidipie

          I saw that paper-towel storage rec at their stand at the Temescal market -- apparently no one has introduced them to the glass jar trick.

          1. re: heidipie

            They were at FP today and the tiny berries are fabulous.

            1. re: heidipie

              They weren't at Berkeley today, and it broke my heart. They have my absolute favorite strawberries at the market.

              1. re: JasmineG

                I could swear I saw Lucero at Berkeley yesterday.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  If they were there, they were in a different spot than usual, because I was looking specifically for them and couldn't find them. That, or they came late, that's possible too.

                  1. re: JasmineG

                    They were definitely there on Thursday.

                  2. re: JasmineG

                    Lucero was at the Temescal FM yesterday, and I asked them why they weren't at Berkeley last week -- they said that the change in weather had caused supply issues, but they should be getting back to normal soon. The strawberries that I bought from them yesterday didn't seem as perfect as the ones I got from them a few weeks ago, so that makes sense. They did, though, have some baskets of tiny strawberries for a lower price.

                    1. re: JasmineG

                      I tasted the strawberries at Lucero and at FeNella's... both were organic and going for $3 per basket, but I found that the ones at FeNella's were a lot sweeter. This was yesterday at the Temescal Farmer's Market... attached is a picture of the FeNella's strawberries.

                2. The blueberries at FP this week were from Triple Delight in Fresno. First week. I just tried one and we bought one container of them. For the first week's berries I was pleasantly surprised - just a little tartness and a pleasant mild blueberry flavor.

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                  1. re: farmersdaughter

                    Triple Delight was at the Saturday Berkeley market as well. Great blueberries, as always. I was also thrilled to see Frog Hollow's first of season Brooks Cherries.

                    1. re: Morton the Mousse

                      We tried Frog Hollows Brooks, Hamada's Brooks and Rainier and J&J's Bings and ended up getting the J&J Bings as they were the best. I think the Rainier need a week or two more and the Brooks were just a step behind the Bings. Hopefully we'll have a nice long cherry season.