There is something epic and endearing about tackling a farmer’s market in the rain. Ever tried it? You would think that shopping for your local food in the rain might be..well..challenging. And while it is a tricky thing to navigate your local farmer’s market while it is raining, getting out there, despite San Francisco’s ever changing weather conditions, can lead you to some awesome finds. The epic downpour over the weekend, led me to Brooks and Daughters, a family owned 5 acre sprout farm in Forestsville.
At the farm stand in Downtown Berkeley, I met Geneva Brooks, daughter of Corie and Jim Brooks. She explained how the start up of her parent’s farm was her mom’s idea back in 1996, and the idea for the name of the farm came from her father’s longing to have the farm named after his daughters. Since then the sprout farm has continued to be successful, with 95% of the sprouts being serviced to people. While the farm may not be certified organic, Jim and Corie still incorporate some organic practices into the management of their farm, like their use of organic seeds and compost.
Speaking of seeds, at the farm a variety of sprouts and other products are grown and sold including, Wheatgrass, African Violets, Eggs, Alfalfa Clover, Brocoli Salad Mix, and Fenugreek Salad Mix.
Brooks and Daughters is a great example of how people can use farms in order to grow unique and fresh crops, like sprouts. While the rain might have made it a bit tricky to tackle farmer’s markets, I am thankful that I was lead to Brooks and Daughters. So I challenge you to get out there, despite weather conditions and explore your local farmers market. Rain or shine, you are always bound to make a unique discovery!
For more information on Brooks and Daughters and the delicious sprouts, click here.