Driving down San Pablo I saw a sign for a farmer's market in the chain wonderland that is known as El Cerrito Plaza.
The really important thing is that Rainbow Orchards, my absolutely favarite Apple Hill Cider, sells the cider and apples there on Saturday. There are cider samples. They also make the best Apple Hill donuts, but they don't bring them to the market. I plan to try to sweet talk the vendor into eventually bringing some of those donuts to the market.
This market tucked behind Wells Fargo Bank had been at that location for over 10 years. The market is open Saturday and Tuesday, 7am - 1pm.
The other vendor I am interested in sells John Spenger olive oil and a product I've never seen before but think is a great idea ... Napa Valley grape seed oil sprays in three varieties ...
- roasted sesame and garlic
- Asian stir fry
- Meyer lemon
I seems you could flavor a dish with a gently spray and not use too much oil.
The market was still mainly citrus, apples and winter greens. Only one vendor, G Ratto Farms was selling aspapragus.
Contrerra had the most beautiful flowers of the three flower vendors. I bought some stunning jonquils for $3 and a purple flower I belive was called Caviosa.
Lee Chia Xang was selling mustard greens and 4 foot fresh sugar cane.
Palomino Farms was selling orange blossom honey and a dark molasses colored wild flower honey. They also had apples.
Schietewitz had some nice tangerines, oranges and a few dried fruits. They had samples and I picked up a few deep red blood oranges. Really dark red. Type A I would guess.
J & J Ramos farms was selling nuts and citrus.
Fruit Tree had a huge variety of nuts.
Hudson fish was selling crabs and other fish. Metropolis was the bread vendor.
The two prepared food vendors were Mi Fiesta and the ever present Quik N Ezee Indian food. The only place they don't sell seems to be at the Half Moon Bay farmers market.
There were a handful of unidentified produce vendors and one vendor who is held in contempt by other vendors at many farmers markets. I just avoided his stand.
There's lots of parking right near the stands. They have a little raffle and there was a guitar player.
It is a nice little neighborhood market, and for me, an alternative when I don't want to deal with the Saturday Berkeley Farmers Market.