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Fall 2011 Farmers Market Watch

Windy | Oct 16, 201107:10 PM

We were at Heart of the City today, and picked up all kinds of incredible bargains in produce.

It was 2 p.m., and unlike Alemany, Heart of the City is still in full swing mid-afternoon on a Sunday. Everyone was in a great mood thanks to the weather, and it's that perfect time of year when summer fruit and autumn vegetables collide. This really is a market that serves the community.

3 berry pints for $5. We got mixed raspberries and strawberries. I've rarely had better raspberries. My friend claims they were organic too; I didn't notice.

Lion's mane mushrooms ($3 a small basket) and chanterelles ($5) from Far West. They were out of shiitakes, although the portabellas looked good. Kudos to Far West for charging the same prices at all the local markets.

Fuyu persimmons $1 a pound.

Beautiful late season peaches and pluots $1 a pound; 50 cents a pound for plums. $1 cantaloupes. I got a canary melon for $2 that I haven't tried yet. $1 for a big bag of early girls (at least two pounds).

Pomegranates at all price points, from 50 cents to $2 each. Lots of nice apples spotted (mostly $2 a pound), along with watercress, chives, and purple shiso, but our arms were full. My friend did get eggs for $2.50 a dozen.

The largest golden beets I've ever seen for $2 a bunch; will report back on whether they're edible. Also very attractive yellow carrots for $2 a bunch that went right into a pot with chicken.

What are you buying this fall?

Heart of the City Market
1182 Market St # 415, San Francisco, CA

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