I have been a happy patron of Marin Farmers Market (all year on Sundays and Thursday mornings at Marin Civic Center, seasonally other places in Marin--including my local Fairfax FM, now open Wednesday afternoons) for 17 years; and they just keep improving.
Last week the Swanton's booth had other produce but no strawberries. Coming soon, I was told. Soon was today and these are the best, as usual. Not bloated, not just super sweet, but wonderful balance of sugar and acid and classic strawberry flavor.
The mushroom stand had morels at last, for $26 per lb. Iacoppi's, our usual purveyors of wonderful peas had lovely favas at $3.50 per lb, but this time I opted for the favas from the Asian produce stand at $1.75. (Fine looking gai lan as well.) No better combination than morels and favas, either with pasta or just together. Spring must be here.
They will be tomorrow's dinner. For today, fine Zuckermans Delta asparagus with some very juicy and delicately flavored spring garlic, alongside Mission Fish's local King salmon.( A roast was $8.95 per lb, up from $7.95, their first price increase in four or five years). A great pairing for dinner.
I talked to Deanna from Black Sheep Farms in Potter Valley. She and her boyfriend raise heritage pigs (Hereford, not the more often-seen Hampshire/Kurobota) and heritage lambs and coming soon: Arucana chickens and their eggs. She said she could get me a rooster so I can make coq au vin with a real coq instead of just store-bought hen. I am looking forward.
Meanwhile, the Bay Area's great fortune in having local growers and artisanal food processors is hard to match. We are lucky to be able to support these folks and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
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