Over the past two weeks I’ve traveled over 3000 miles, passed through 14 states and one province, and ended up back here in San Francisco, just in time for the Wednesday morning Heart of the City farmers’ market in UN Plaza. It’s been about a year since I last visited – the only thing I miss from my old neighborhood. I worried, at first, that my favorite tomatoes – the best I’ve ever had – wouldn’t be there anymore. But there they were. When I was a regular shopper, they sold under a sign for “Two Dog Farms.” The sign was missing today, and the crowd of people prevented me from confirming the name of the source for you. But it’s the “dry farmed” that is key. A happy, organic, good for the earth process that leaves each fruit with a characteristic rough patch on the side – not to be confused with a blemish of any kind. They’re sweet, juicy, and perfect each time. Last time they resembled romas in shape and size. Today, more round, more vine-ripened looking. I’m a few hours from digging in, but I have all confidence in their perfection.
Your next chance to catch these tomatoes – along with other vendors’ fine flowers, fresh cheese, breads, and honey is Sunday morning.