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Jul 30, 2009 02:32 PM

Where to find Padron Peppers?

Just had some great padron peppers at REDD in yountville - anyone know of a northbay spot that sells them fresh or sells the plants?

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  1. You can find them at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays, I believe its Happy Quail farms who sells them, also my mom has gotten them at the Sunday Farmers Market at Stonestown.

    Don't know about North Bay though.

    I would love to find the plants for sale, but I doubt they would grow in San Francisco.

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    1. re: Kristine

      At the Saturday Ferry Building Plaza Farmer's Market Happy Quail sells them all summer long for $24/lb. Tierra Vegetables sells them for a while (now, actually) for $10/lb. but they let them grow a bit more before picking, so they are bigger than the ones Happy Quail sells.

      1. re: Paul H

        and spicier ! Typically, padrone peppers are harvested at 1 1/2-2 in., when 1 in 20 peppers will be spicy. If left to grow longer to about 2-3 in. long, all the peppers will be spicy ! Hot dang !

      2. re: Kristine

        Happy Quail Farms is also at the Marin Civic Center Farmer's Market on Sundays.

        1. re: Kristine

          I don't know about them growing in San Francisco proper, but Happy Quail is near my house (by the Ikea in East Palo Alto). Not northbay tho.

        2. Old thread that might help. Monterey Market has a bushel basket full at the front door, about $5/lb. You could call and ask where they came from.

          1. If you're up this way, keep checking Oxbow Produce at Oxbow Market. Last summer they had pimientos de padron quite often beginning in late summer, Aug/Sept. Reminds me to begin checking now. $6-$8 for a nice quantity.

            1. There were some beautiful padron peppers at the Red Barn Store in Glen Ellen yesterday. I passed them up for the equally gorgeous poblanos.


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              1. re: Junie D

                I picked some up from Oak Hill Farm at the Sonoma Farmers Market, and they didn't have the magic of the ones that I had recently at a event - they were about twice the size and much hotter. I like to grill padrons quickly and then eat them as finger food, and the Oak Hill ones didn't work well for that.

              2. I think Tierra grows them. Their peppers are the best.

                Tierra Vegetables
                651 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    yes, Tierra has beautiful padron peppers today