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Where to find Padron Peppers?

napawinegirl Jul 30, 2009 02:32 PM

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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    Kristine RE: napawinegirl Jul 30, 2009 03:07 PM

    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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      Paul H RE: Kristine Jul 30, 2009 04:08 PM

      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.

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        AntarcticWidow RE: Kristine Aug 4, 2009 09:25 PM

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

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          bbulkow RE: Kristine Jun 8, 2014 11:50 PM

          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. wolfe RE: napawinegirl Jul 30, 2009 03:11 PM

          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.

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            Dan Wodarcyk RE: napawinegirl Jul 30, 2009 07:16 PM

            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. Junie D RE: napawinegirl Jul 31, 2009 09:23 AM

              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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                cyberroo RE: Junie D Aug 5, 2009 02:33 PM

                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. Robert Lauriston RE: napawinegirl Jul 31, 2009 09:55 AM

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

                Tierra Vegetables
                651 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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                  Paul H RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2009 02:49 PM

                  Robert.. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6407...

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                    Cynsa RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 19, 2009 06:03 AM

                    yes, Tierra has beautiful padron peppers today

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                    napawinegirl RE: napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 12:46 PM

                    Just found some Great padrons up at Dean and Deluca only $8.00 a pound and grwon at scully ranch. Larger than usally are but very tasty. Much better than the $24 a pound peppers at Ox Bow market from Happy Quail Farms - what a rip off. Will have to get over the hill to Tierra this weekend.

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                      jimtak RE: napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 02:26 PM

                      Great find, napawinegirl, I'll have to stop at D&D on the way home...Happy Quail had this pepper exclusively for years. Conpetition is wellcome.

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                      Amy G RE: napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 02:49 PM

                      Bi-Rite is replete with them for about $10/lb from Mariquita I believe.

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                        norjah RE: Amy G Aug 5, 2009 03:23 PM

                        The Mariquita ones that I've been getting in my CSA box are great. 1.5 to 2 inches long and perfect slightly roasted with a cocktail.

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                          Melanie Wong RE: norjah Aug 6, 2009 10:11 AM

                          Mariquita's bringing them to the City (parked at Piccino) this saturday afternoon. From this morning's email:
                          "Welcome to the Ladybug "Truck Farm" Buying Club! Andy will be in San Francisco in his Ford 250 flatbed this Saturday with Sweet Corn picked at dawn and Padron Peppers for sale from 2pm-6pm at Piccino.

                          -Pimiento de Padron Peppers 1#/$9 -or- 1/2#/$6
                          -Sweet Corn "BiColor" 9 Ears/$3.

                          How: email us a pre order to make sure he has what you want; then we email back a confirmation. Please let us know your cell number as a form of confirmation, we'll email back Andy's in case there are questions. Minimum order for for pre-orders = $15. -OR- just show up and see what he's got for you. BYOB: Bring your own bag!!!

                          Who: Mariquita Farm: this Saturday it will be Andy and our son Graydon.

                          Where: Piccino: a great neighborhood cafe with world class food, coffee, and wine: we've been working with them for years. stop by for a pizza! Piccino is in 'Dogpatch' on 22nd and Tennesse

                          Why: we want to get good deals on great produce to all of our CSA customers, and the whole greater bay area community who like to COOK. this is open to anyone. Please tell your friends and friendly local foog bloggers. thank you.

                          Tomatoes?: possibly. we won't know til the Friday harvest, so Andy will either have those or he won't: stop by Saturday and ask!"

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                            Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Aug 11, 2009 01:05 PM

                            I bought 2# of them on Saturday in SF. Here's what about a 1/2# looked like as an antipasto, cooked in a dry skillet, then drizzled with olive oil and sea salt.

                            The Mariquita truck will be delivering bulk quantities of tomatoes and padrones in Palo Alto on Friday. From today's email from Julia, ladybugbuyingclub@gmail.com:
                            "This Friday (8/14) in Palo Alto at our 2SF Ross Rd. Pick up site 3pm -6pm

                            Please preorder from this list by Thursday (8/12) am by emailing me. I'll email back the exact address and your total. I might well have 'extras' on the truck: if you know where this is stop by and see if you're not sure now that you can make it. No smaller amounts please: this is a buying in bulk club to make it worth it for you and for me. thank you. Tell your friends!

                            Heirloom tomatoes 10#/$16 Early Girl tomatoes 20#/$28 -or- 10#/$16 Beefsteak tomatoes 10#/$15 Yellow Slicer tomatoes 10#/$15
                            Early Girl tomatoes 20#/$28 -or- 10#/$16
                            Beefsteak tomatoes 10#/$15
                            Yellow Slicer tomatoes 10#/$15
                            Pimiento de Padron Peppers 1#/$9; 1/2#/$6
                            Sweet Red Pimiento peppers for roasting (great to do in bulk then freeze): 5#/$14"

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                        weezy1074 RE: napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 03:46 PM

                        The Spanish Table in Berkeley has them sometimes.

                        1. The Librarian RE: napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 04:17 PM

                          I saw them at the Spanish Table in Mill Valley today. The store is in the Strawberry Shopping Center right by 101. (If you go, also get some of the olives stuffed with lemon - they're ridiculously addictive!)

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                            mick RE: napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 05:57 PM

                            Oxbow in napa has them occasionally, SF farmers market has them. The plants have been available at DJ"s growing place on Big Ranch Road in Napa but I believe they are out until next year

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                              ctscra RE: napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 08:17 PM

                              I suggest Forni Brown Walsh in Calistoga. 7.00$ a pound . . . call first.

                              1. wolfe RE: napawinegirl Aug 5, 2009 11:32 AM

                                Dwindling supply at Monterey Market confirmed $4.98/lb.

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                                  wolfe RE: wolfe Aug 5, 2009 07:48 PM

                                  I bought a small amount, about 6 peppers, and sauteed them, seeds included. with onions for dinner. I was unable to tell any difference between the onions with and the onions without I sauteed for the faint of heart.

                                2. Zeldog RE: napawinegirl Aug 5, 2009 06:46 PM

                                  If you're too cheap to pay $10-$24/lb (as I am) it happens that Padrons grow quite well in the bay area, even in the less foggy parts of SF proper. I grow them in my back yard every year and they never let me down. They might come in a bit late compared with the markets -- I just picked my first batch last week.

                                  Be careful if the price looks really good. Shisito peppers, for example, look like Padrons but are smaller. Shisito is an excellent (and inexpensive) pepper. You can sear it just like Padron and the taste is similar, although you won't get the occasional hot one that makes Padrons so trendy, but if you can pick them up for 2 or 3 bucks in Japan Town, why pay 5 or 20?

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                                    happenstance RE: Zeldog Aug 5, 2009 09:59 PM

                                    I buy them all the time at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmer's market. Riverdog has them and they are delicious.

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                                      jimtak RE: Zeldog Aug 11, 2009 01:14 PM

                                      Padrons should be much smaller than Shishito, little 1 square inch hearts. And part of the theater of the padrons is that every once in a while, its flame-on!

                                    2. wolfe RE: napawinegirl Aug 12, 2009 01:32 PM

                                      Just saw a new supply at Monterey Market, most smaller than habaneros, at $5.98/lb.

                                      1. Melanie Wong RE: napawinegirl Nov 16, 2009 05:04 PM

                                        I bought some from Wyeth Acres at the Saturday Healdsburg farmers market. They're sold by volume, $3 for a small carton (the pressed cardboard type used for blueberries). About 20% hot and small to medium size. I'd buy them again.

                                        The ones from Tierra Vegetables are quite hot now.

                                        Tierra Vegetables
                                        651 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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                                          Scrapironchef RE: Melanie Wong Nov 19, 2009 04:26 PM

                                          Berkeley Bowl west has them in the organic section.

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                                            Melanie Wong RE: Scrapironchef Nov 19, 2009 07:06 PM

                                            From Wyeth or Tierra? I thought both only sold direct to consumer.

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                                              Scrapironchef RE: Melanie Wong Nov 20, 2009 05:32 PM

                                              I forget whose they were, but it wasn't either of those.

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                                          adramatree RE: napawinegirl Feb 26, 2014 03:44 PM

                                          GROW them!!! So easy in the bay area :-) seeds can be purchased on line. I bought mine from Johnny's seeds

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                                            Robert Lauriston RE: adramatree Feb 26, 2014 03:45 PM

                                            That would not be much help this time of year unless maybe you had a hothouse. Is this when you plant them?

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                                              escargot3 RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 26, 2014 04:10 PM

                                              actually, here in north oakland, i just harvested a handful of their cousins, shishito peppers, last week. it's a perennial plant. grows easily in the bay area. and with the all-too-warm weather...

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                                                bbulkow RE: escargot3 Feb 26, 2014 06:20 PM

                                                I tried. Don't have enough sun, I guess. I do have enough for hot peppers, where a single small shrub can yield a year's worth of numbing scotch bonnets.

                                          2. Civil Bear RE: napawinegirl Feb 26, 2014 11:21 PM

                                            I picked up a bunch at Trader Joe's last summer.

                                            1. RWCFoodie RE: napawinegirl Feb 27, 2014 01:14 PM

                                              I saw shisito peppers at Manila Super in King Plaza last week... Second cousin, twice removed, fairly close enough to padrons IMO.

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                                                The Librarian RE: RWCFoodie Feb 27, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                I actually like shishitos better - you don't have the Russian Roulette factor going on!

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