The Friday Market in Richmond has about a dozen vendors, most of them unidentified and none, from what I could see, organic. It is s certified farmers market (CFM) which means the produce is sold directly by farmers and not middlemen.
The best vendor, Busalacchi, had the first Burlap cherries for $2.50 and they were surprisingly good. I dont like the early cherry varieties because they are too soft for my taste. These had some snap to them and flavor. The vendor is located at the end of the market next to the only prepared food stand that served some unappealing, to me, Chinese food.
That was the only identity Chinese Food hand painted on a sheet attached to the side of the cart.
One of the few vendors that shows up in other markets, The Fruit Factory, was there selling citrus. Oranges were $4 for 10 pounds. You could get a better deal at Paredez Farms where the price was $3 for 10 pounds. They had some nice bagged kumquats.
It was still mainly a winter market with lots of root vegetables and spring greens like mustard and flowering cilantro. The veggies were geared to the Latino and Asian customers. There was only one vendor selling Camarosa strawberries ($1.50) which looked nice, but didnt have much flavor.
There was a Kettle Korn stand , a vendor selling stainless steel pots and another selling scented items like candles. There was some live music near the Chinese Food stand.
The quality and prices didnt seem that much better than nearby Latino markets, although the produce was probably a bit fresher. Unfortunately this doesnt seem to be the market for me which is too bad as it is closest to my home. Ill probably stop by mid summer again to check it out at the height of the season to see if it is a little better.
The only vendor that was horrid horrid was the fish vendor who sold thawing fish out of bags straight from the freezer. The fresh fish he sold neither lookd or smelled fresh.
There was a sign saying that they would accept EBT cards soon. I would say this is a neighborhood market at best. If you use EBT cards and have transporation, they are accepted at the Berkeley market. More info about Farmers Markets and EBT cards below.
Location Civic Center Plaza Drive & McDonald Ave.
Day & Time Fri, 11A-5P
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