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SF Ferry Farmers Market: Strawberry Figs

Tida | Aug 31, 200204:03 PM

7:45 AM: Making my way around the farmers' market. Hadn't gone last week after too late of a night left me too tired to make the early morning trek. And I'm pretty odd about this because if I can't go at 7:45 I just won't go. Anyway I have wondered/feared all week " I bet the strawberry figs came in and I missed it." I entered at the corner between the corn and DeVoto Gardens. This week DeVoto had more Gravs (still good because it's been colder up in Sonoma), honey crisps, royal gala, and one other which I didn't buy. DaVoto farms is featured in this month's National Geographic Traveller article about San Francisco. I truly didn't know what an apple could taste like before having DeVoto apples. It'll be a sad day if Stan decides to stop growing them.

Next beeline: Hamada Farms. I asked Gordon about the strawberry figs and they had them last week. I think time stopped for a moment as my heart fell into my shoes and I stopped breathing. Gordon went on to tell me that the nice lady who I normally talk with about them had SAVED some for me last week but when I never showed up, she enjoyed them. Well, at least someone did. So I stood there, in disbelief and utter disappointment, just kicking myself. And kicking myself and kicking myself. Then Gordon took out a tray of green figs and said that maybe, just maybe there were some left. He turned a few over to look for the characteristic red spot and indeed there were! WHOO HOO! I bought about 15 and it made my summer. I've been planning on making a panna cotta with these figs and I just can't wait. I've already had about 3 and they are so delicious. Sweet, almost like strawberry jam, juicy, and luscious. They'll be stunning with the panna cotta as they are such beautiful figs. Wonderful deep red flesh. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!

Still stunned by my delightful purchase, everything else seemed like a haze as I daydreamed about the figs. However, I did manage to buy some basil, heirloom tomatoes, golden raspberries and stonefruit. All in all, $40 worth of great produce and fruit richer.

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