This week we visit a market downtown that has turned an upscale shopping center into a hub of lunchtime activity and weekly fruit and veggie shopping. The Crocker Galleria is a shopping center located in the Financial District, just a couple of blocks from the Montgomery Street BART station. Every Thursday from 11am-3pm around 20 farmers and food vendors set up shop in the Galleria’s main inner courtyard. All the fresh fruits and vegetables look beautiful under the light filtering down from the glass ceiling.
The food at this farmer’s market tends to be a little more expensive ($2 for a bunch of collard greens versus $1 at the Heart of the City). However, the Crocker Galleria market has a larger selection of organic produce and yummy gourmet foods. Some unique foods that caught my eye were slow-smoked pink salmon, salty cheese-stuffed olives, and poppy-seed bread rolls with beautiful brown crusts. On the fruits side, there were big piles of yellow and burgundy cherries, and I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the plump, ruby red organic strawberries.
What is organic?
When we talk about food, many people have different ideas about what it means to be “organic”. Some say that organic means that no chemicals or pesticides are used on the plants while they are growing. Others say that the soil also has to be chemical-free, or that seeds cannot be genetically modified. Still others say that “organic” should be a larger philosophy of growing food in a more sustainable way. Whether we decide to buy organic food or not, it’s important to think carefully about the food we feed ourselves and our families. After all, you are what you eat!
Last week at the Crocker Galleria Farmer’s Market I was more than happy to eat some of the delicious organic strawberries. Our Go Folic! friend Angelique recently wrote up some helpful tips for picking out good strawberries:
- Shoppers tip – Look for plump berries with a natural shine, a rich, red color, and bright green caps. Available in late spring
- Fun fact! – On average, each strawberry has about 200 seeds.
- What’s in it for you? – One cup of strawberry halves is an excellent source of folic acid and vitamin C. Add some to your cereal for a delicious snack!
Hope you can check out the Crocker Galleria market for yourself sometime soon, and be sure to ask the farmers how they grow THEIR strawberries…
See you at the next market!Crocker Galleria Farmers Market Thursdays, 11am-3pm 50 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94101
Neighborhood: Financial District (800) 806-3276