I love Sunday mornings at the Hillcrest Farmers Market. It seems to get better with each week…something extraordinary is happening there. Sure, there are wonderfully fresh fruits and vegetables, as well a plethora of prepared food vendors, but I really enjoy the people. As I enter the market, there is a feeling of collective awareness.
The vendors add to this with the dedication to product and craft. People who attend take part with enthusiasm, as if like children in a candy store, exuding good moods, chatting and smiling all the way. All in all, the market has a festive atmosphere with music, food, good company and the prospect of preparing the wares later on. Every week I meet old friends and their dependable produce, but there are always one or two new vendors that add to the mix. For me, it is a safe haven in an uncertain world.
One of the new vendors is Sun Grown Organics micro greens and edible flowers. I was pleasantly surprised to see the colorful tables full of culinary gems. I began filling bags with a bevy of different greens, flowers and sprouts.
In addition to the expected varieties, there were micro red perilla (shiso), fennel, popcorn sprouts, batchelor button flowers and pink petals.
Roots Kind Foods was there again this week. I picked up a couple of wraps to go with the micro green salad for lunch. After closing their café in OB (Ocean Beach) they have made a name for themselves at farmers markets around San Diego.
Mariella from Guanni chocolates has started selling truly incredible vegan chocolate bars. Good enough to sway even those who normally shy away from chocolate.
Phil from Sage Mountain Farms had giant butternut squashes to compliment his always full display. He asked me to save the seeds and bring them back because he wanted to share the few squashes he had and it is a especially sweetvariety that is hard to get. I am still buying his organic strawberry jam that is out of this world.
La Milpa Organica is one of the most consistent booths at the market. Every week one can find the tables overflowing with an abundance of greens, from amaranth to sorrel. There are also multiple varieties of fresh herbs such a multiple varieties of mint, dill, fennel, sage and lavender.
Lone Oak Ranch had beautiful pomegranates, fuyu persimmons, fuji apples and fresh pressed pomegranate juice. The juice is naturally sweet and very refreshing unlike the pre-sweetened store bought varieties