The Alemany Farmers Market, 20 July 2013 (Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh)


Good Evening:

My response to the Challenge of “Fresh” begins at the Alemany Farmers Market of San Francisco, perhaps the city’s biggest, one spread out over roughly 3 acres in the southeast corner of the Mission District. California’s oldest farmers market, the “People’s Farmers Market” has brought the rural to the urban since 1947, and draws big crowds throughout the weekend. I live in one of America’s most expensive cities, and any place of business where the necessities of life are both excellent and cheap will bring in the people.

Oyster Shucker at Alemany Farmers Market, 20 July 2013

Oyster Shucker at Alemany Farmers Market, 20 July 2013

For example, yours truly. I had forgotten to visit the bank on the way over from the Lower Haight (incredibly, the 24-Divisadero is almost a door-to-door ride), so after a lunch of two 7-ounce tamales ($6 plus $1 tip) I budgeted myself to a limit of $20 for my planned lunches and some of my dinners for the upcoming work week.

I will return to this picture at a later date.

I will return to this picture at a later date.

I ended up with 3.25 pounds of tomatoes, partly for a coulis in which to cook shrimp and summer squash and partly for a paella; three red onions and two Anaheim chilis; 2.25 pounds of zucchini; three nectarines; and in a flash of inspiration 8 small avocados, some of which will go into the shrimp dish and the rest for guacamole.

DSCN6735 DSCN6731 DSCN6716The net sum total for the produce: $12.50. By San Francisco standards, amazingly inexpensive. And all harvested in the past 24 hours.

But since San Francisco practically flaunts contrasts, I had to include this last shot, taken only about 50 yards away from all of this delicious goodness:


Vonn Scott Bair


10 responses »

  1. Love your photos, and also the sound of what you’re going to cook with all those fresh ingredients. What a bargain you got. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your last pic really tells a story too. I’m sure most places have their ugly side if you keep your eyes open for it. We have the same sort of thing a couple of kms from where I live in South Africa. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • adinparadise: Thanks for the kind words. Oh, yeah, the shrimp and summer squash in spicy tomato sauce was a great success. I used one of the anaheim chilis, dried crushed Aleppo peppers and smoked pimenton in the tomato sauce, and they got along very well. As for that last picture, I don’t know what the City and/or private companies might want to do with it. That lot is located almost directly underneath a noisy, noisy freeway. Vonn Scott Bair

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