Farmers' Market Finds: Nut Butters and Psychedelic Kettle Corn at SFSU
Associated Students, Inc. Farmers' Market
Where: Located on SFSU's campus (outside the humanities building)
When: Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
For years the smells of San Francisco State's farmers' markets have wafted through the open windows in the humanities building and distracted me from my seemingly diligent studies, transporting me to a food-filled daydream of Belgian waffles, fresh strawberries, and kettle corn. This farmers' market is small (less than 10 vendors) but a great place to stock up on organic produce or break the monotony of the usual campus food. My two favorite finds of the week were Popcorn Karma Kettle Corn's rainbow kettle corn and Nut 'n Bean's specialty nut butters.
Nut 'n Bean specializes in nut butters, hummus dips, and spreads and was started in North Carolina in 2005. Specifically featured at SFSU's farmers' market were their nut butters (I know, I know, it kind of makes you want to giggle). I've been eating almond butter sandwiches daily for the last three months and whether it was fate or sheer good luck that I stumbled upon this stand, I do not know. Goodbye regular almond butter. Hello items such as s'mores sunflower seed butter, pumpkin pie almond butter, and apple cinnamon peanut butter. You have made my daily routine so much more interesting. The butters are sold by the quarter pound for $4 -$5 or two for $8, and the neat thing about Nut 'n Bean is that you can actually go onto their website and choose both your nut base and your flavor. You want cinnamon chocolate pretzel pistachio nut butter? You got it. Blackberry ginger balsamic sesame seed butter more to your liking? Sure, have that too. The nut butter world is now your oyster.
Now about this kettle corn: what drew me in initially was the smell. Yes, you know the one, sweet and salty and reminiscent of festivals or fairs as a child when you would rush to the booth in a mad dash. Only this kettle corn is rainbow in color. AND it's called "karma kettle corn" and priced at $3/$5/$8 per small, medium, or large bag. For obvious reasons, students at San Francisco State are all over this item.
Go to SF State's ASI Farmers' market on Thursday, eat some free samples, eat some more free samples, and then realize why you will be compelled beyond your control to purchase said sampled items in larger quantities.