Yesterday morning I got to take a super fun field trip to the Marin Farmer's Market with the owners of Glen Ellen Star. I hung out with Ari, the chef, for about an hour and then his wife and the rest of their lovely family showed up too. The Marin Farmer's Market (the one in the Civic Center) is huge and wonderful and I wanted to photograph everything! The restaurant Glen Ellen Star really focuses on locally sourced ingredients and it was fun walking around with a big chef's cart full of food and buying multiple flats of strawberries and little gem lettuce. Ari, the chef, was shopping for the weekly Wednesday Neighborhood night dinner at the restaurant which is super popular and the menu is different each week. Here was our shopping list: 16 heads of lettuce, 12 heads little gem, 12 heads fennel (couldn't find any that looked good), beans for succotash, tomatoes for gaspacho, 4 flats strawberries, 18 bundles of basil, 10 pound Amarosa red fingerling potatoes, and 10 pounds of red torpedo onions. Tomatero's booth was the most popular the entire time, wow the line to check out!
To sign up for their neighborhood dinner night, go to the website and get on the mailing list. Here is the menu for this week: first course is wood roasted zucchini, tzadiki, pickled red onions, english peas, bloomsdale spinach, za'atar and the second course is brick chicken, carmelized sun chokes, torpedo onions, amarosa fingerling potatoes, anise hyssop jus along with the rest of their delicious menu. One of the coolest things about going to the market with Ari was hanging out with his family. His daughters are so gorgeous and it made me happy to see them munching on English peas and raw carrots as we strolled through the market. And you know I left with a big bunch of flowers!
Hope you have a great week!