Monday, January 14, 2008

Budda's hand

Farmer's Market Sunday.
I got up extra early to get to the San Rafael Farmer's Market before I had to park VERY far away, and also to be sure I could get some yuba from Hodo Soy Beanery before it sold out. I took some photos at the Thursday Market too, and thought they were so colorful that I'd include some of them in this post as well. I also had Apollo, my Golden Retriever friend over for the day. And a human visitor, Daniel. And given his no wheat no sugar etc diet, fresh produce seemed to be the order of the day for dinner.

Sweet Limes

Yellow limes? Some day I'm going to pick up some of these 'Sweet Limes' to try.


These variegated calamondin were to intriguing to resist. These are miniature sour oranges that I was advised to eat skin and all. It has a bit of a sweet/sour taste eaten that way, otherwise they are very tart. These are native to the Philippines and China. I'm already dreaming up ways to use these in the future.

Pink Lady Apples

These pink ladies have a sweet-tart taste that makes these great to eat out of hand.


And there are great deals on navel oranges that are ohh-so-sweet in the winter months.

Chinese Yu Choi

Chinese Yu Choy, another one on my list to try sometime.

Baby Bok Choy

Baby Bok Choy has long been discovered, so many of the stands carry it.

And this post is getting so herbaceous that I'm just going to have to enter it into , hosted by Rinku at Cooking in Westchester.

So what did I put on the table for dinner with Daniel?

Yali & Fuji

Well, a big bowl of Yali Asian Pears, a very delicate and sweet tasting variety, mixed in with organic Fuji apples. The pears were grown near Yuba City, and the apples a stone's throw from Yosemite.

Yali Asian Pears

Here's the arrangement I chose from. There were several varieties of Asian pears at this stand.

Organic Apple-Cherry Cider

The apple place also had come delicious apple-cherry cider. And in the manner of not wasting things, they were still using old labels which did not tout the organic status of the drink, although I was assured it is completely organic.

Previous day picked fresh kiwis

And I only paid $3 for a good sized plastic bag of these picked-just-yesterday kiwi fruit that Daniel noted its sweetness. I also picked up some hot roasted American chestnuts we snacked on during a movie afterwards that I forgot to take a snap of.

Mandarin oranges

The same place also picked these Mandarin oranges the day before as well. Daniel said they tasted like candy, and I have to agree! These are highly perishable, so having purchased a big bag for $5, I'll be including these for nearly every meal until they are gone!

Cafe Gratitude - Opening Day at the Market

About now you must be thinking we're fruitatarians!

Cafe Gratitude bread

Not so. I stopped at the grand opening at the market of Cafe Gratitude's new space there and picked up some raw crackers and

Sprouted Almond Humus (Cafe Gratitude)

sprouted almond hummus. The crackers were a hit as they were made with things such as carrot and flaxseed - no wheat. Daniel noted how good this humus is.


And these local greens were very fresh and delicious. And they made a nice bed for some

Colossal Shrimp

colossal shrimp that I baked in the oven (the only item not from the market).

It was a nice leisurely Sunday dinner in tune with the meandering way I picked up the food that morning at the Farmer's Market! I also want to note that the round up after this one for Weekend Herb Blogging with be at this site!


tigerfish said...

Gosh , I miss my farmer's market back in Sunnyvale and Mountain View :(

You have some interesting finds over there. I know the so-called Buddha' hands, are sometimes made into preserved fruits (like preserved mango).

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