As she writes in “It Takes A Market,” her essay for Cassoulet, Elizabeth Crane found a community for her young family when she began selling peaches at the Aerie, a farm stand run by a farmer named Fitz Kelly. The Aerie set up at the Green Street farmer’s market, and then moved to the new Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market when it opened in 1993. Liz and Fitz sold peaches (and nectarines, and apricots) there for years, though now he sells his peaches closer to his Central Valley farm, and she’s moved on to managing the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market.

We hoped to have some kind of book event at the Ferry Plaza once Cassoulet came out, and Liz lined it up for us last winter, when a sunny spring day and a finished book both seemed like rather a dream.