One thing that San Franciscans look forward to every November is the start of the Dungeness crab season. For many of us, the steaming pots of crab mark the start of the holiday season the way the first snowfall does for New Englanders.
Guerra's Meats has been in San Francisco since the 1950's and is one of the last old fashioned butcher shops in the Bay Area. While they still offer the same quality and service one would expect from an old-style butcher shop, they're also a bit modernized.
One of San Francisco's oldest and longest-standing food markets is Molinari, which has been around since 1896. Since then, Molinari has been making some of the tastiest salamis and selling Italian groceries at their market in North Beach.
MyFarm is a group in San Francisco that is interested in turning residential backyards (and frontyards) into a collection of urban farms. If you want to have some vegetables grown in your yard, but don't know how to get started or don't have the time to plant and maintain, MyFarm will come over and do it all for you.
Lured by the sight of thousands of colorful winter gourds, we made an impromptu stop while driving through the Santa Ynez Valley last weekend. We found ourselves at Summerset Farm, a produce stand located just north of the towns of Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos. Although the Valley is best known as wine country (this is where the film Sideways was set), at Summerset Farm the focus is on organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Last weekend, I went to the Sunday Farmer's Market in San Rafael, a short drive north of San Francisco in beautiful Marin County. As you can see, Fall is in full swing with pumpkins, chestnuts, olives, and more.
We went to this store on a recent trip to San Francisco, led by a friend who knew we'd get lost in it. True, we could have stayed and browsed for hours in this dimly lit (excuse the grainy photographs), packed-to-the-gills, recycled French housewares shop...
This morning, I sent in my $25 membership fee to the Mycological Society of San Francisco. I've always wanted to learn how to identify and collect mushrooms, and the Bay Area is a wonderful place for it, due to the rainy winters and close proximity to woodlands.