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Alemany Farmer's Market - Havana pork & sweet limes

Krys | Feb 12, 200502:59 PM

It's not too late to stop by the Alemany Farmer's market today. Not many people, but some really good produce.

The sweet limes are wonderful. You just eat them like an orange - $1 pound. Lots of samples, but the ones I like best are at the stand in front of the steel drum player.

There has been some of Cuban food talk lately on this board, Alemany Espresso in addition to their hot dogs and saugages is selling a Havana pork sandwich. It has pork, cheese, grilled onions, mayo and cilantro. $4.50. Haven't tried it.

A citrus vendor I have not seen before was Desantis, located across from the man playing the guitar. The selection of citrus varietes matched Berkeley Bowl, and it was all just picked. There were some branches of kumquats, oranges, pomonos, and quince with leaves and branches still attached. They also had both torroco and morro blood oranges. The morro sample was so red, the juice tinted my fingers.

At Berkeley Bowl I forget which if these blood oranges is the sweet one (torroco) and which is sour (morro). The vendor said to use the sweet blood orange for eating, the tart one for cooking.

I was really impressed with the Desantis stand, they had a number of tangeries, heirloom oranges, cara cara, red navels sevilla oranges, meyer lemons, kaffir limes and those are only the ones I remember. They had really appealing looking Budda's Hand fruits and suggestions on how to use them. Great prices.

Lots of mustard greens and one vendor gave the hint to cook the greens, squeeze the water out and freeze. Then just defrost as needed and sautee with garlic and oil.

Saw a new herb called methic (.75). The vendor said to use it in stir fry.

Mountain Valley Orchard had some really good jams. their flyer says "lots of fruit and just a little sugar or no sugar. You can sample it all. I bought a jar of the marionberry which I liked the best.

I 'discovered' a honey vendor that has only been there for 30 years - Snyders. Much better than Eggman honey. Eggman gathers a lot of honey from the drier southern part of the state. Snyders is local to the bay area. Really rich eucalyptus which was $8.95 for 2 1/2 pounds. Right across from the Parie Rose trio which is playing old fasioned country songs today.

THE FIRST STRAWBERRIES ARE HERE !!! Rodriguez was selling tart seascapes ($3). Only four baskets left though.

Also, Zuckerman's is selling at Alemany. They might have the first asparagus next week. I asked if the prices would be better at Alemany and the vendor laughed. I guess not.

Ferrari was selling organic amber walnuts for $1.99 a pound. The vendor said they were from the top of the tree so they had more sunshine. I bought some, but I don't really think there is much of a difference in flavor. The color is vary dark brown though and they might look nice on a cake.

Springhill Farm had about 20 samples of their 'handcrafted farmstead cheese'. They sell at Ferry Plaza as well. I asked the vendor to pick which one he liked best. I didn't pay attention and took a bite as I walked away. I stopped in my tracks because I really liked it and went back to see which kind it was. Ironically, it was Old World Portuguese. I've kind of been eating a lot of Portuguese food lately.

Well, those are the highlights. There was much, much more. The market is open until 5 but starts to wind down about 3. Really plenty of parking today. Maybe Chinese New Years is the reason for the light crowd? One vendor said they were packed last week.

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