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Nov 16, 2011 09:04 AM

Quince at farmers' markets?

Anyone seen fresh quince at any weekday or Sunday farmers' markets in the East Bay or weekday markets in San Francisco? I know Alemany probably has some but it's the one day I can't get over there. And yeah, I need the quince right away -- it's for a Thanksgiving dish that I need to start making Tuesday...

I have seen them at Berkeley Bowl but, frankly, they had virtually no fragrance and didn't seem fresh at all. Same went for the quince Monterey Market had last year.


Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

Monterey Foods
1550 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707

Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

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  1. I think it's late for quince around here, so any you find may have been stored for some time.

    1. Berkeley Bowl was out of quince all of last week. I bought some small not so great looking ones at Yasai Produce Market on College Ave on Monday. Of all places, I then found some at Safeway across the street. They were large and fragrant, and 4 of them ($1.99 each) are currently stinking up my apartment.

      Berkeley Bowl
      2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

      Yasai Produce Market
      6301 College Ave, Oakland, CA

      1. Full Belly Farm (Berkeley Tuesday Farmer's Market) had some last week. If you can still get them they're lovely.

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        1. re: kmah

          Unfortunately they are done for the season -- I emailed them and they replied. I did end up trekking over to Alemany today and found some fragrant quince at the stall of the people from Fresno that have all manner of unusual citrus fruit (citron, blood lime, etc.). The owner said he will have quince for a while.

          Alemany Farmers' Market
          100 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2. Thanks so much! You've saved me! I planted trees this past January in the hopes there would be quince in the fall but the fruit is the size of small peaches :(