2) Phan Farms. This is a farm that grows Asian produce in Sacramento. Recently, a friend mentioned that we have local dragon fruit available to us. I somewhat incredulously asked her what farmer was growing it, as it's pretty unusual in our part of the world. When she told me Phan Farm, I wrote, "Thanks - I should have known. When in doubt, the answer is always Phan Farms." Phan is the place you go when you need specialty Asian fruits and vegetables, or just to see produce that usually can't be found at local farmers markets. This week, I picked up some young ginger from them. Phan Farms attends the Heart of the City Market on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Rare bergamot lemons from De Santis Farm.
3) De Santis Farm. This is a farm out of the Central Valley that grows many different varieties of citrus. Over the course of a year, I buy green walnuts, Buddha's hand, pomelos, delicious Satsuma mandarins, and any variety of specialty citrus from this farming family. Last week, De Santis had bergamot lemons. They set me back a whopping $9 for two, but it was fun to try out this unusual fruit. De Santis attends the market on Wednesdays only.
4) Waffle Mania. There is quite a stir happening on the Internet about a waffle maker who drives his truck into local farmers markets and serves up delicious Belgian waffles. When I tasted the waffles, it took me back to the same delectable that I'd eaten walking around the streets of Europe many years ago. The only time you can have these waffles in San Francisco proper is Wednesday mornings at the Heart of the City Market.
If you are a farmers market shopper, I can't recommend this market enthusiastically enough. It's a part of San Francisco's history, is a vibrant market full of a representative cross-section of San Franciscans, and an enjoyable place to shop.
Heart of the City Farmers Market
(between Seventh and Eighth streets)
Wednesdays, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sundays, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm