Grow Your Own
If you'd like to grow your own herbs instead of buying cut bunches on a weekly basis, then stop by the White Rabbit Farm stand on the west side of San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings and make your selection from over 20 different types.
You'll find Jan Taylor, the owner of White Rabbit Farm, at the Market every week of the year except during the winter months (December - February):
|March - July||Potted herbs and tomato plants|
|July - November||Field-grown vegetables
(3 varieties of tomatoes, 8 varieties of sweet peppers and 3-4 varieties of squash)
|During the Herb Season
Herbs in 3 1/2" pots sell for $1.75 - $2.00/pot, depending on the variety. She also offers 4 varieties of vigorous tomato plants and the ever-popular kitty grass (customers are wild about it and so are their cats!). If you don't have a garden, Jane will assemble a terra cotta planter of assorted herbs to grow on your deck.
Although all of Jan's plants start out in a hothouse, they're hardened off outside before she brings them to the Market and Jane cautions customers that all her herbs should be grown outdoors from then on.
|Pennyroyal||Cilantro||Tomatoes (Red Pear, Yellow Pear, Early Girl, Sungold)|
|English thyme||Spicy bush basil||French sorrel|
|Chives||Red rubin basil||Lemon balm|
|Garlic chives||Thai basil||Kitty grass|
|Oregano||Lemon basil||French lavender|
|Garden sage||Genovese basil||Geraniums|
|Curly parsley||Italian parsley||Rosemary|
Wither "White Rabbit"?
Jan's 2½ acre nursery and farm is located Newark, just across the Bay from San Francisco. She is basically a one-lady operation, doing all the planting, growing and selling herself and has been in this business since 1988. In addition to the Ferry Plaza Market, Jan sells at the Sunday market at Jack London Square in Oakland and the Thursday market in Fremont. The rest of the time she's extremely busy tending her indoor and outdoor plants.
The namesake for her business is the "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date" White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Jan admits that she's always running "a little late" and feels exactly like the White Rabbit.
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