I was in Berkeley last week, visiting my son, Zak, and his wife, Tara. Cathy drove down from Healdsburg, and after we went to breakfast at Saul’s Deli (the Meal Ticket was closed for vacation), we all went to visit what this produce-lover considers one of California’s greatest places: Monterey Market.
Actually, every time I go to Berkeley, I go to Monterey Market, because, friends, it is spectacular! There’s such a wealth and variety of fruits and vegetables here that it makes my head spin and my mouth water.
The market was started by Tom and Mary Fujimoto in 1961, and their sons Bill and Ken have continued the tradition of supplying fresh seasonal produce, mostly from local farmers.
Naturally, I’m drawn to the fabulous array of fruits…..
….including some I’ve never seen before.
Where else will you find organic dandelion greens and fennel?
and a great pile of Romanesco cauliflowers…
and other vegetables I don’t recognize…..
and some other-worldly mushrooms
I keep coming back to the citrus.
After all, it is one of the great marvels of California.
The pomelos–an ancestor of the grapefruit– are the size of bowling balls.