Everything seems to be in season!

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!

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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:

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From the Tuesday market:

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