Berkeley Sat. Farmers' Market report w/ pics
Berkeley Farmers Market is convenient. It's a few blocks from Downtown Berkeley Bart which is very easy to get to.
Since we were there almost closing time and too full to buy anything I'm just going to list what I saw.
Flacos - vegetarian Mexican food
Cafe Zambala - organic Himalayian food catering
Andy & Cindy Thai Cuisine
Curry Leaf Cuisine-vegetarian/vegan
rosemary plants to buy, plant, & grow
lemon thyme to buy, plant & grow
Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Madjool dates $7/lb
cauliflower: white & or purple $2/lb
brussel sprouts $4/lb
Highland Hills Farm-pork sausages
Blossom Bluff Orchards
Fatted Calf Charcuterie
Three Twins Organic ice cream
Phoenix Pastifico-meyer lemon bucatini, crab ravioli, vegan ravioli, almond macaroon $3; chocolate pecan chewie cookie $2
Bariani olive oil
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery-goat cheese & goat milk yogurt
some live musicians
Berkeley Saturday Farmers' Market
Center St and Milvia St, Berkeley, CA
re: Robert Lauriston
I noticed the farmers' market was still going even though it was after 2pm, I thought it was strange. My last pic # 33 the banner said 10-2 that's where I got the info.
What should I make sure to buy next time I'm there? Rworange mentioned Olive Bread from Phoenix Pastifico. Anything else?
I don't tend to buy any of the cooked food, and my produce choices at driven by what looks good on any given Saturday.
anyway, here are a few of my favorites...
-lamb and beef from Highland Hills farm [sweetest lamb I've ever had]
-pastas filled with seasonal ingredients from Phoenix Pastificio
-honey from the Tunitas Creek folks
-jams/preserves from Lou Lou's Garden [haven't seen her in a while, though]
-coffees from Blue Bottle
-fresh sausage from The Fatted Calf
-cured sausage from The Fatted Calf
-bacon from The Fatted Calf
-terrines/pates from The Fatted Calf
did I mention The Fatted Calf? ;-)
I buy produce, stuff from Fatted Calf, and sourdough rye from Vital Vittles.
I buy from whichever vendors have the best-looking stuff, but usually that's Avalos, Catalán, and (the few months she's there) Tercera for vegetables and herbs, Dirty Girl for lettuce, and Ram Das for fruit. There's a new vendor (not sure of the name) that's had some good produce.
I'd like to buy from Highland Hills, but their butchering's too sloppy.
Hmm...I thought I saw someone selling dates this past Saturday on the north side near-ish to the Ecology Center booth--but this could be a figment of my imagination.
The Ecology Center's vendor list includes a date grower, but it doesn't say which of the markets (Tue, Thu, or Sat) he sells at.
Flying Disc Ranch
Not Certified Organic: Biodynamic
Contact: Robert Lower
Thermal, CA 92274
re: Morton the Mousse
Flying Disc also shows up at the Tuesday market in Berkeley. However, usually during date season in late fall and winter, which is about the same as the SF schedule. Occasionally there's a vendor that sells dates at the Saturday Grand Lake market, though I don't think it is Flying Disc.