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!
Sign up for the CUESA weekly email which lists what is current weekly at the bottom
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
Patricia Unterman's book has a seasonality chart, IIRC. I'm a little lazy about rooting through things to find it.
Cuesa sends an email every Friday with what is available at the FPFM. At the bootom is a list of what is in season.
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.
Try this wholesaler's weekly and monthly newsletters:
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
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.
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!