How ‘bout a pair…
I cannot resist taking this picture — peas and pods — I’ve done it nearly every spring when the peas come in, by my count. This one is different, though, it’s on our newish dining table — another story — and the peas were purchased at the California Street Saturday Farmers Market in Reno.
In the previous edition of eats… (Some Fine Grilled Chicken) I said, “[Pictures next time, I promise.]” Well, this is next time, and here’s a picture.
Prime time parking space nestled between the ubiquitous Nevada pick-ups and SUVs. Guy on the left said, “Cute little red car y’got there.” I said, “We like it.”
Its a nice market. A double row of stalls stretches on a few hundred feet and finally and appropriately bumps into The House of Bread — an actual bakery in the shopping center making breads, cakes and pastry (sorry, no french or Italian).
Cherries, sweet onions, tomatoes, peaches, red and white potatoes, bok choi, English peas, red, yellow and green cherry tomatoes. White corn is not pictured. What’s missing from the market? Any other potato varieties; and most of the heirloom vegetables that I’ve grown used to. The artichokes are the HUGE globe variety… similar with the broccoli and cauliflower. But what we got will keep us nicely and happily fed for a week.
But what about those peas?
For that you’ll have to wait for the next installment, which might be called, “July Peas” or might not.
But wait… There’s more.
We also have a local Wednesday Market at the Somersett Town Center, a little over 4 miles from home (that’s like 4 blocks in Reno scale). It runs from 4 to 8pm and is smaller than the California street market, but has a Grilled Cheese Food Truck, fruit and vegetable stalls, and market/garden related goods.
This is only the third week of this year’s operation. I hope that other food merchants will recognize the opportunity and come on in. The market space fits the center courtyard of the Town Square very well.
In previous weeks, an egg lady, offering pasture raised eggs, has been here, but she’s not here today. She’s very enthusiastic and said she sells at other markets in Reno, as well as the Coop, but I need eggs today. Phooey. Maybe its too hot for the chickens.
We have now experienced two Farmers Markets in Reno. They certainly fill some of my needs — I would never buy a peach or a tomato in a supermarket — but they do not offer much in the way of variety. You say I’m spoiled by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco? You bet I am. But I’m happy to find that Farmers Markets exist in Reno and they are pretty good.
See you next Saturday.