Saturday, October 14, 2006

Farm Fresh: Temescal Farmers' Market

I'm a big fan of farmers' markets. I love just strolling and looking at the colorful fresh vegetables and fruits. And shopping at farmers' markets is good for you because the produce are generally ripen instead of picked for a long trip to the grocery stores across the country. Although sometimes it might seem the prices are too high, keep in mind that the money is going to local farmers, who are small so their overhead costs might be higher than big companies that can wheel and deal special prices.

The latest addition to the many farmers' markets in the Bay Area is on the East Bay in the emerging Temescal neighborhood in North Oakland. Opened this summer, the market is on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clairemont DMV just north of Telegraph Ave. With the DMV closed, there's tons of parking, which makes it nicer than the downtown Berkeley farmers' market on Saturdays.

Unlike the Berkeley Downtown farmers' market, the Temescal market has a few more food booths serving breakfast munchies along with the regular variety of vegetable and fruit stands. The market will be open year round, and the fact that it's just a 15-minute walk from where I live makes me the happiest Single Guy Chef around. :)

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