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Wednesday Civic Center Market

Stanley Stephan | May 22, 200303:18 AM     5

Just gave this a quick walk around this morning. Probably the least expensive and least organic market.

There were few brand names here, so the names of the vendors and even the types of produce were not apparant. There were cherries ($2.50 lb). I had to ask what type ... Brook and Bing.

But even if it wasn't organic, the quality was good. Having been to the Berkely Bowl Tuesday, I would say the quality was better and so were the prices.

There was some good looking bread labelled as "artisan", but don't know who made it. The vendor was very friendly but I didn't have time to chat.

Some of the Ferry Market vendors were there, like Van Mourick Nuts. You could tell the Ferry Market produce vendors by the higher prices and the occasional organic signs.

Nice fish vendor with lots of interesting whole body fish.

Different crowd from most farmers markets. What was really charming was that there where lots of school children on school outings. Even little 6-7 year olds, holding onto a rope to keep together. The teachers talking about the veggies, kids sampling nuts and berries. The vendors were very nice to them. There must have been about five school groups there over various ages. Very cute.

Lots of people who live in the Tenderloin. The street people at the Civic Center were not pushy. I was hit on more at the Berkely Farmer's market for requests for money and not at all here. Everyone seemed to be co-existing very nicely and enjoying the market.

Again, this was a quick tour. A large number of vegetable stands sprawled out over the area. Maybe some regulars of this market could post what they like best about it.

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