I've been going to the Alemany market almost every Saturday morning for the last six months as part of a (possibly crazy) project to make lots of jam in my little studio apartment.
Today I took some pictures of non-jam fruits, and thought I'd share them as well as some tips on how to approach the market.
This market is pretty small, so I take a full lap to check out what's available and compare prices, and then I walk around a second time to buy. Today I found Armenian and lemon cucumbers, and spied the first Asian pears I've seen at Alemany this year.
Asian greens are a strong point, and there were some lovely chili peppers today. At the recommendation of a very convincing little girl, I also picked up some wonderful dinner rolls at the bread/pastry stand that always has a line.
Flowers are abundant and cheap. I love the stand that sells dates, especially the type with a sign that promises a caramel-like flavor.
For fruit, some organic is available, but most stands are not. This week I bought pluots, blackberries, blueberries, and white nectarines: only the stone fruit was organic. I like the stone fruit stand near All Star--nice people, good fruit, fair prices.
Attached are pictures of the alfajores (both a close up, and in the case at the coffee stand), the egg stand that sells balut, and a pork and tomatillo tamale from All Star.