San Francisco Market Report: Civic Center Farmer's Market

The Civic Center Farmer's Market is held every Wednesday from 8 AM to 2 PM on Market Street between 7th and 8th Streets, in the former United Nations Plaza.  Since it's so close to Little Saigon, there are often produce stands selling Southeast Asian vegetables.  There's a seafood truck, and usually another farmer is there selling live chickens, pheasant, and squab.

We saw a lot of winter roots (rutabagas, beets, turnips) and citrus, and we saw the new signs of Spring with the color green prevalent in food everywhere - baby spinach, cilantro, pea shoots, sweet potato leaves, Thai basil, baby broccoli, and salad greens.

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The seafood truck was selling fresh spiral whelks, a popular fixture in Asian cuisine.

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Top: pea shoots.  Bottom: sweet potato leaves.  Both are used in Asian cuisine in soups and stir-frys.

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Lemongrass was very cheap - these big bunches were $1 each!  It's a necessary ingredient for curries.

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Eat more greens!  There were tons of baby Asian vegetables available for steaming, stir-frying, and soups.

(Images by Kathryn Hill)

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