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Dec 3, 2007 07:05 PM

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?

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  1. I would imagine that your favorite restaurants get their vegetables straight from the farmers as much as possible, so that would also be your best bet. Go to your local farmers markets and see if the produce there looks any better.

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    1. re: JasmineG

      Thanks Jasmine...I'll acquaint myself with the local markets.

    2. 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.

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      1. re: Windy true. It seems like such a long time to have to wait to get flavor!

      2. 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 . 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.

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        1. re: jsaimd

          Here's a link to the California Famer's markets. If you search by region ... SF Bay Area ... the markets are listed by day of the week. To the OP, it might be worth your while to take a trip to Ferry Plaza in SF for special Christmas Shopping.

          1. re: rworange

            rw...I think a trip to the Ferry Plaza is worth it. You've given me something to plan for. Thanks!

          2. re: jsaimd

            Thanks for the tips. I'll give them all a try1