Almost every Sunday I make my way to Melrose Place where I have a tamale for breakfast and browse the stands in leisurely search of fresh ingredients around which I'll build a few dinners for the week. The market is not huge. In fact compared to most, it's quite small, but it has a great variety and it never seems to get packed with people pushing carts and strollers. It's refreshing not to have to elbow past people to reach the cauliflower.
Last weekend I saw lots of winter fruits and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale, beets, artichokes, citrus and apples. There were also lots of greens - collards, dandelion, kale, mizuma and red oak lettuce as well as a few remnants of summer like corn, strawberries, snap peas and asparagus. One stand specializes in Asian vegetables such as cute little bundles of bok choy, slender Japanese eggplant, diakon, and Chinese Yue Choy. There are a couple stands selling Mediterranean foods like pita, hummus and other dips, baklava, Greek olive oil, and the most fantastic plump, green olives, a container of which I always try to have in my refrigerator. In addition to food, you can find flowers, jewelry, scented soaps and clothing.
The Melrose Place Farmers' Market runs every Sunday from 10am to 2pm and is located on Melrose Place between Melrose and Croft.