Source for restaurant-quality veggies
Can someone give me some suggestions on how to get restaurant-quality produce? I live in Palo Alto and find that my local Whole Foods, Andronico's, Draeger's markets all have the same produce that costs a lot but has very little taste this time of year. I want some really nice veggies and lettuce for a Christmas meal. Any great ideas to get my hands on the tasty veggies that my favorite restaurant serve?
Farmer's markets also have the advantage of foods that haven't been refrigerated and stored for weeks, and they'll focus you on winter (carrots, escarole, chard, green beans, parsnips, apples, citrus).
Part of the problem is a lot of things we like are no longer in season, but high-end supermarkets don't want you to feel deprived. Even the best looking organic tomatoes or strawberries have been trucked from Mexico or farther.
Unfortunately the Palo Alto and Menlo Park farmers market are not year round. mountain View is on Sunday. I would love to find one close that is good for organic produce on a Saturday year round.
You don't get to choose your veggies, but Two Small Farms is doing a Yuletide Box with pick-ups in Palo Alto on Dec. 19. It is a CSA that we have done for years and really enjoy. See www.twosmallfarms.com . they have information right on the homepage.
i live in Palo Alto too, and I go through major CSA withdrawal when the season ends. I haven't found a really fantastic produce for this time of year. Sigona's and Milk Pail are other places to look.