Moraga Farmers Market: tamales, kielbasa, and bao... in Moraga?
Went to the Moraga FM today -- which was much better than I would have expected. Good winter produce selection, plus some surprises:
- Had a great Salvadorean chicken tamale from the tamale stand. One of ~6-8 different types of tamales. It had a very nice almost custardy corn texture, with flavorful chicken in red chile sauce. It was considerably better than the Mexican tamales from Tamale Queen I got last week
- Take-home frozen Chinese dumplings in 10-15 different varieties. I didn't get the name, but I think they are based in Hayward. Got some good looking fairly large pork buns in the freezer -- 30 pieces for $13.
- Polish / Russian: stuffed cabbages, kielbasa, piroshki, cheese blintzes, etc. I wasn't fond of the kielbasa sample. Seller said he gets it from New Jersey. I think it pales in comparison of the stuff from Chicago (via Delikateski in Concord, Polish Deli in Palo Alto, or bringing it home myself). The piroshki looked good -- maybe next time
It's not the Berkeley market, but I like this one better than Walnut Creek or Danville.
Thanks for the report. I got a little excited about the kielbasa. There is a growing Polish population in the Bay Area and I've been patiently waiting for that to be reflected in more Polish food / restaurants.
Eh, meant to add a link and hit the wrong button.
Moraga Farmers Market
Moraga Rd and Moraga Way, Moraga, Ca
The piroshki are pretty good, chicken, beef or potato&onion. Usually priced at 2 for $5, at the end of the day they sell 6 for $10. Also at the market, though not every week, is a stand that sells empanadas - those are really good. The local ranch, Holding Ranch, also operates a stand there. The market is located in the parking lot next to McCallou's in the Moraga Shopping Center, across from OSH. I like it better than the Orinda market.
Nice post. I like this market a heck of a lot more than the Orinda market. The market has a good vibe and energy - lots of families with kids in tow. This fall there was an oyster guy that was BBQing some of his goods. Nothing better than a BBQ'd oyster at 10am!