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Temescal Farmer's Market

Hungry Hippo | Jul 30, 2006 07:53 PM

We visited the new Temescal Farmer's Market at the DMV parking lot on Claremont, which is on Sundays from 9am to 1pm. There were maybe 40 vendors there, and the selection of produce was good, but a smaller than at the Ferry Building because the spaces were much tighter, and leaned strongly to fruit. Some vendors familiar from the Ferry Building market were Hamada, Blue Bottle, Donna's Tamales, and I also heard Bella Ella had been there the last few weeks, but weren't there today. There were also stands from Bakesale Betty, Bay Breads, Sukhi's Indian, the goat milk ice cream people whose name is eluding me, a place with fresh shucked oysters, an organic Thai vendor, and a Mexican grilled corn vendor. There wasn't an East Bay discount though, the prices were the same as those at the Ferry Building. I was a little surprised there wasn't a single meat stand, although there was one guy selling wild salmon at (for this season) reasonable prices. The crowd seemed very young from the neighborhood and friendly with each other (I think I ran into all the neighbors I know there); Charlie Hallowell of Pizzaiolo was buying nectarines and holding court at Hamada. There was also the standard annoying set of world and folk music hacks wailing away. For basic stuff, I would definitely go there rather than schlep across the bay from north Oakland, but if I really needed a specific ingredient, especially a leafy green or root vegetable, I might still might trek to San Francisco on Saturday.

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