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Weekly seasonal produce report?

kleine mocha Feb 20, 2010 08:42 AM

Chowhounders: is any of you aware of a weekly radio or online report of what one would expect to find in the local farmers' markets? The closest I have found so far is the KCRW show Good Food, but that is based on Santa Monica, which might be similar to here but not exactly the same.

I'm working with a book that helps with meal planning but from a locavore point of view it doesn't make a lot of sense, offering red pepper-stuffed chicken breast as a winter menu item, as well as zucchini, etc. Now, I know you can get those at Safeway all year round, but if you are trying to stick with locally grown, seasonal food, you need to plan a different menu.

Of course I could go down every week and have a look for myself, but that would mean making two trips, with weekly menu planning in between. What can I say, I am a lazy girl!

  1. kleine mocha Feb 21, 2010 06:48 AM

    Wow, thanks, everybody, these are some good resources. I'm starting up a cooking/lifestyle blog in the next couple of months, kind of working my way around the world of ethnic cuisines but with a You On a Diet/Weightwatchers twist, so maybe I'll be posting some market photos myself when that is up and running.

    Thanks again, these are so helpful!

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      rgd Feb 20, 2010 02:59 PM

      Summer Tomato is a healthy eating blog by a local writer. She usually has a weekend update on Saturday's market. The last few weeks have been a little different (she sometimes hosts other bloggers), but scroll down to the January 31st entry and you'll see a typical post for the Ferry Plaza.

      http://summertomato.com/category/farm...

      1. Robert Lauriston Feb 20, 2010 02:20 PM

        Full Belly Farm's weekly newsletter says what's in their latest CSA box:

        http://www.fullbellyfarm.com/newslett...

        1. m
          mochimunchie Feb 20, 2010 02:00 PM

          Try this wholesaler's weekly and monthly newsletters:
          greenleafsf.com
          On page 5 of February's Monthly newsletter you will find what local farmers are picking this month.
          On page 8 there is a seasonal menu planning guide for March - what's good now, what's going out and what's new

          1. Melanie Wong Feb 20, 2010 12:52 PM

            One restaurateur told me that she looks at the online menu for Chez Panisse to check on what's at peak now as one source of info.
            http://www.chezpanisse.com/menus/rest...

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              ML8000 Feb 20, 2010 12:10 PM

              Sounds like the Bay Area needs a new-fangled produce-media guru like Joe Carcione, the Green Grocer. That guy was into it. Maybe someone needs to pick or podcast someone like Bill Fujimoto, of Monterey Market fame. When you hear/read his comments on what's in season and the level of detail/knowledge, it makes you want to check stuff out.

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                absc Feb 20, 2010 11:02 AM

                Cuesa sends an email every Friday with what is available at the FPFM. At the bootom is a list of what is in season.

                1. rworange Feb 20, 2010 11:01 AM

                  Sign up for the CUESA weekly email which lists what is current weekly at the bottom
                  http://www.cuesa.org/cuesa/e-letter/archives/webmail-021910.htm

                  While it is about the Ferry Plaza farmers vendors, it pretty much hits it on what is available that week given the variable of weather ... charts might list what is usually available, but if the cherry season is late or the fig season is kaput for a particular time, this would help.

                  CUESA also has a Seasonal Eating section on their website
                  http://www.cuesa.org/seasonality/

                  Patricia Unterman's book has a seasonality chart, IIRC. I'm a little lazy about rooting through things to find it.

                  1. wolfe Feb 20, 2010 09:04 AM

                    Would this be any help?
                    http://www.localfoodswheel.com/

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                    1. re: wolfe
                      kleine mocha Feb 20, 2010 09:28 AM

                      Well, it's better than a kick in the head; that's for sure. Maybe this is a task for a local blogger. <looking around anxiously /> Thanks, Wolfe!

                      1. re: kleine mocha
                        Glencora Feb 20, 2010 10:35 AM

                        The Chronicle's food section usually has an update about what's at the farmers' markets.

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