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Farmer's Market - secret tamale vendor

Stanley Stephan | Mar 18, 200312:56 PM

While I was checking out some over priced strawberries ($4), a young man was asking one of the vendors if they were going to place an order.

When I asked the vendor about him later, she said the guy sells home made tamales to the vendors. She said they were real home made, tasty, if a little greasy.

I suspect these are the people that sold tamales in the parking lot at the old SF Ferry Plaza location. They were kids back then, but are now grown up. Anyway, if you know a vendor, and you are interested in trying them, you might ask if they'll pick up a few for you.

I spotted some lilacs this week. Due to the potential rain, quite a few vendors were missing.

Marquitte Farms is selling fresh nettles. I'm still a little reluctant to try them. I've had them in upscale restaurants before, but with portions the size of a quarter, who knows what they taste like. You can't eat these raw, but a woman who was buying them said they were great sauteeded with shallots and garlic. The vendor said letting them sit in the fridge for a few days reduces the sting.

I was at the market later than usual, so the samples were out. I've been wanting to try Frog Hollow's lime tangerine marmelade. IMO, it was very good, but not something I'd buy or give as a gift. They blackberry jelly is just outstanding. True blackberry flavor. And you have to love a label that says "Ingrediants: Blackberries, sugar, pectin".

A few weeks back, I bought some canned Frog Hollow Warren pears, untasted, because the Warren pears are my favorite. I don't know. I took a tiny sample Saturday, and I wasn't blown away. Will reserve judgement until I open the jar and have a full size serving.

Both Noe and Downtown bakery were selling hot cross buns. From my last year's memory, didn't like Noe's. No white sugar cross and too much candied fruit. Downtown Bakery does a nice hot cross bun, probably one of the best in the area. Miette said they were planning on making some, but after their awful Irish Soda bread, I'm a little shy about what these will taste like.

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