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Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market: Bounty of beauty

Tida | Aug 31, 2003 09:19 PM

Despite my weekly Saturday outings to the Ferry Market,
I was really blown away by the beauty of some of the items I picked up yesterday.

I stopped off to pick up figs at Hamada farms. They've sold Black Mission and Kadota for the past 3 weeks now. None of their strawberry figs in sight yet.

Went to Dirty Girl to pick up a baby lettuce mix and baby scallions that are fantastic sauteed in a little olive oil with salt and chili flakes. I saw what I thought were chioggia beets with a lovely rosy-white skin. They turned out to be pink turnips! I've never seen such a thing, nor had the other early morning shoppers around me as we stood marvelling at how gorgeous these were.

Moved toward the middle of the market to the stand across from Iacopi who sells all the beans. This stand has really nice greens from your mesclun mixes to asian mixes to wild rocket when it was in season. For a few weeks they've had various types of cukes. My favorites are what they call painted serpents. These are about a foot and a half long. Some of straight, some are slightly curved, others u-shaped. They are variegated with dark and light green stripes. The cuke isn't particularly wide across so they slice into small rounds and look very pretty in a salad. They have a nice crunch and a mild flavor.

I walked over to the Apple Farm and they had pink pearl apples as did Stan DeVoto. Next I went to Mariquita and picked up a bunch of Rosa Bianco eggplants. These eggplants are small as they'll fit right in the palm of your hand. They are quite stunning as they are purple and white. Mariquita had an eggplant recipe card which I picked up so I'm looking forward to testing out this new little vegetable.

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