Ottawa, for those who aren’t aware, is at a latitude of about 45degrees North. It’s really a misconception that because we live in Canada, we all wear parkas year round and our favorite type of dwelling is an igloo. Kidding aside, being at a northern latitude means that we have a short growing season, at least when you’re considering outdoor growing sans greenhouses.
Imagine the mind-blowing shift that goes on when I walk into my first farmers’ market in San Francisco, California: everything seems to be in season!! At the beginning of July in Ottawa, cherries are just starting to come into season. At the same time, I overheard a cherry seller at the market in San Fran that that day would be the last of the cherry season!! Absolutely mind boggling to Canadian me!
Needless to say, I’m quite enjoying the markets south of the border. I’ve been buying Bing, Attica (new-to-me variety), and Rainier cherries and blueberries whenever I can get my hands on them; I’m embracing an extended cherry season!
I was able to visit two farmers’ markets in San Fran: the Sunday morning market at the UN Plaza and the Tuesday morning market at the Ferry Building (much smaller than their Thursday/Saturday markets…or so I hear). As a side note, the Ferry Building is quite the tourist attraction but there are surprisingly quite a selection of made-in-San-Fran artisanal goods inside.
From the Sunday market:
From the Tuesday market: