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Where do you purchase broccoli rabe in San Francisco?

eChabrains Jul 26, 2013 03:49 PM

I moved to SF about a year ago, though I am still amazed by the quality of fruits and vegetables I can locate here I am missing broccoli rabe. I have been to several farmers markets and grocery stores. I have looked high and low and I can not find broccoli rabe anywhere! I see it on menus occasionally but I'd like to know where I can get my hands on some. Any tips would be appreciated!

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    wally Jul 26, 2013 03:56 PM

    I have been buying it from Star Route at Ferry Plaza. Believe it is labeled as rapini but not sure maybe just rabe. usually in the front.

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    1. re: wally
      absc Jul 26, 2013 05:42 PM

      Seconding this. The Star Route rabe/rapini is excellent.

      1. re: absc
        maigre Jul 26, 2013 07:41 PM

        I like Star Route's rapini, too.

        Happy Boy has it a good chunk of the year. They have nice, organic produce at various markets, but possibly all in the south bay. I'm not sure about that.

        1. re: maigre
          wally Jul 26, 2013 09:59 PM

          They are also in Berkeley.

          1. re: maigre
            Spenbald Jul 28, 2013 12:08 AM

            Happy Boy is at Noe Valley on Saturday mornings and Mission Community Market (aka Mercado) on Thursday afternoons/evenings. Some of their produce can run a little on the high side, but their broccoli rabe (or rapini, depending on the season, I suppose) has usually been a steal.

            I *think* Tomatero occasionally has it. I usually run into them at the Haight market on Wednesday afternoons, but they are also at the Mission market.

            In terms of retail, I almost always see it at Andronico's in the Sunset and WF on Stanyan & Haight.

            1. re: maigre
              Prabhakar Ragde Jul 28, 2013 11:50 AM

              I have recently seen rapini at Happy Boy's stall at the Wednesday Castro market, though I don't think they had any this past week.

          2. re: wally
            wally Jul 28, 2013 12:24 PM

            I don't think Star Route had it this week and thought maybe Annabelle was in Berkeley but no go.

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            Rapini Jul 26, 2013 03:57 PM

            I find it at Whole Foods here in Oakland, so you might try one of the SF stores. In Oakland, it's also usually in stock at Market Hall Produce and Farmer Joe's.

            1. wineguy7 Jul 26, 2013 04:24 PM

              22nd & Irving.

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              1. re: wineguy7
                tranewreck Jul 26, 2013 09:30 PM

                22/Irving -Second this -saw it there in last two weeks

                Also- Rainbow

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                mdougherty Jul 26, 2013 06:21 PM

                Rapini is easy to find at area farmers markets during the cooler months.

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                  saffrongold Jul 26, 2013 07:15 PM

                  Two vendors at Alemany Farmers Market carry it during the season and I've seen it at Andronico's.

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                  1. re: saffrongold
                    wally Jul 26, 2013 10:00 PM

                    I have seen it at Andronicos but in the eastbay.

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                    eChabrains Jul 27, 2013 10:46 PM

                    Wow! Thank you everyone. I really thought I was going crazy! I will let you know once I've located it. Thanks again, y'all are the best!

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