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Fillmore Farmers market - Happy about Happy Boy

Stanley Stephan | Jul 26, 200309:46 PM

I'm glad to finally see the presence of Happy Boy in SF at last. I've been hooked on their veggies from other farmers markets. I love the salad mix with the edible flowers. I was actually driving over to Oakland on Sunday to buy it. Will save me the drive. The price is way better than the packaged and foul Dole stuff at groceries.

It's a nice little market almost in back of the Geary Safeway with about 25 vendors. One of the interesting stands I saw in Los Gatos - Crepes by Antone - is there. This is a market that is supposed to start at 8:30 but by 9 am is still setting up. So I have yet to try the crepes. See link below.

Pricing is somewhere between Ferry Plaza and Alemany. You have your Ferry Plaza vendors ... Marshall's honey, Kashinase orchards, Zuckermans, Cap'n Mikes. There are other generic vendors with Alemany prices (plucots sixty cents a pound).

One of my favorite flower vendors from Ferry Plaza and one of the few true Ferry Plaza bargains, Peter Chan Nursery, is there. This vendor has THE FRESHEST CUT FLOWERS, anywhere. I love their outstanding mums in the fall ... at about $3 a bunch. They last for two weeks. Since this isn't mum season, I might have passed by, except the nice woman who owns the stand came running over smiling and waving and giving me a big hug (I bought a lot of flowers from her ... a lot).Anyway, she has sunflowers this time of year and mixed bunches. Filmore shoppers ... watch for those mums. A handful of other flower vendors and an orchid stand.

The baked goods are by Brioche Bakery. There is Donna's Tamales. Malik nuts, which is at other local markets is there. I was just doing a quick tour, so I didn't catch everyone. There is one vendor that has some beautiful looking white nectarine jam, but no samples at that hour. Suncrest, I think the name was. Sun something.

The only nit I have is that the prices of some of the stands may be high for the neighborhood. This is no Alemeany or Civic Center. On the other hand, the the quality is a little above average. I think its a nice thing for that area and hope it grows. I know I will certainly be there. Between Alemany and Fillmore, my quest for farmers markets may be at an end.

Finally tried the coffee at Daily Grind which I've passed for years and never stopped at. Kind of an icky, dirty, worn down shop. I was thinking twice about whether I REALLY needed the coffee. The one interesting item they had, safely encased in plastic bags, was Emana's Injera bread, an Etheopean bread. Big pizza size rounds with sponge like holes. Five dollars for a bag of six.

Oh yes .... Quik N EZE Indian food was there. Would it be a farmers market without them?



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