The cornbread sample was moist and tender and everything that is good about cornbread. There are two other sweet varieties sold at the Bear Claw bakery stand, pineapple and cranberry. The two savory varieties were a lively jalapeño and Tuscan with sun dried tomato, honey and olive oil.
With the first bite I uttered an audible mmmmm and thought OMD*. Bear Claw was also selling their wonderful donuts along with organic coffee.
Cornbread is sold in pound cake size loaves or individual small loaves. Other than the cornbread, there were no standouts at the market.
This is a small market, 8 produce vendors, 2 bakeries (Upper Crust being the other), Mi Fiesta, Kettle corn, a flower vendor, a Pinole artists stand, face painting, a guitar player and someone dressed up as a veggie greeting people (they could lose that). Colorful balloons decorated the market area.
The best vendor was Yang farms with beautiful looking snap peas, sugar peas, green beans, fava beans and a variety of summer squash.
Orrtiz was selling raspberries (eh) and White Diamond strawberries, a variety that I dont think has much flavor.
J & J Ramos farms had some nice bing cherries and tasty vine ripened Shady girl tomatoes. Diaz farm was selling some equally taste Tulare cherries. Im thinking this is a good cherry year. The early varieties I dont usually care for are very sweet and crisp. That was true at other markets and not just the Pinole market.
It would be nice if they had a stand with Giovanni doing his barbequed house made sausage sandwiches and Carne de Valle selling their chorizo. Just means two extra stops for me.
Although it is a small market, the town is charming, the parking is easy, the quality is good and balanced so that you could pick up produce and bakery items for the week.
Location Civic Center P. Lot, Plum & Prune (just off San Pablo)
Sat, 9a-1p, May-Nov
* OMD Oh my dog
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