Wednesday, April 06, 2005

To market to market

To market to market to buy a fat pig. No pig or pig products in sight. Lots of fruits and vegetables will have to do. The Berkeley Saturday Farmers Market (MLK at Center) opens at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. I really expected a crowd when we arrived at 11:30 a.m. No crowds must be late sleepers in this part of town. This market has a combination of urban and suburban feel to it. Lots of well-dressed people mixed with a few street performers and hustlers. I paid a dollar for a street sheet and the joke of the day from a likeable gentleman. The joke “what’s the difference between a porcupine and a Porsche automobile? The porcupine has the pricks on the outside”. Give me back my dollar!

Frog Hollow Farms had a grand selection of pastries, but we declined for waistline reasons only. Kennedy Farms had tastes of Rio Red grapefruit. We bagged up a few for Sunday morning breakfast. Not much sugar required a natural sweetness prevailed.
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River Dog Farms had the most popular stand of the day. A rainbow of colors and textures beckoned us. We purchased small globe cauliflower, fingerling potatoes, baby leeks, and baby broccoli.
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This market is worth a stop. Not the cheapest place around but the quality is high. The sellers are pleasant and there is lots of close by eating and sightseeing possibilities.

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