There is something about buying food from a farmers market that is so satisfying. Maybe its seeing the foods next to the people who grew them, or at least someone who is closely related to the growing process, perhaps its the fact that I am getting something fresh, local, and less handled; I think the best part though is the sense of community that is interwoven with every bushel of greens you get.
On one foggy Sunday morning I woke up at the crack of dawn – 8 a.m. and made my way over to the Divisadero Farmers Market (actually located on Grove St. @ Divisadero). The market isn’t officially open for business until 10 a.m. but I wanted to get in there before the hustle and bustle and get the inside scoop on what the farmers market was all about. As producers unloaded their trucks and lovingly handle their fresh food I felt the pride that these people had by just watching their skilled hands display the food.
I was lucky enough to be able to catch interviews with vendors selling fresh produce as well as those selling home made treats for a few minutes. It was incredible to hear firsthand where the produce and goods were coming from and to get expert advice on the best ways to prepare and cook the food you are buying.
Meet J.P. the guy who runs the Home Maid Italian Foods Stand at the farmers market. Full of personality and recipes for his raviolis, my interview is jam packed with everything you need and want to know about this local Italian delight.
Olives stuffed with just about everything
The Garlic Cheese Spread (far right) referred to in the interview was beyond delicious. J.P. had me try it – twice. I didn’t fight it.
Listen to the audio interview and take J.P. up on his offer. Anybody who goes to the Home Maid stand and tell him you heard the interview and he will give you any product – except the lobster ravioli – for just $5! Trust me, this is an offer you can’t refuse.