Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Nothing is as quintessential San Francisco as a morning at the Farmers Market.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the plaza in front of San Francisco’s Ferry Building transforms into a popular Farmers Market.  When my family first started going, the market was small with simply a handful of farmers outside the building, but now the Saturday market has drastically expanded, hosting 100+ vendors, and drawing local and tourists alike.  The market sits right by the Bay and boasts a view of the Bay Bridge to enjoy as you shop. The outdoor market has an abundance of produce and artisan food products, and all of the Ferry Building’s usual restaurants and vendors are open too.  This morning I went with my sister, mother, and grandmothers.  Produce wise, we picked up some great squash blossoms (perfect to be stuffed with goat cheese and fried), Ranier and Bing cherries, apricots, cheese, bread, and a great Mediterranean roasted eggplant spread.  While shopping with Blue Bottle lattes in hand, we also snacked on a savory breakfast muffin with a poached egg inside from Craftsman & Wolves, a strawberry rhubarb galette, a sticky bun, and a donut muffin from Downtown Bakery (along with the various samples we encountered).

Our favorite vendors in general and from today:

Frog Hollow Farm (great stone fruit and preserves)

Dirty Girl Produce + Green Gulch Farm (veggies)

Cowgirl Creamery + Andante Dairy (cheese)

Downtown Bakery (pastries)

Acme (bread)

Marin Gourmet (hummus, aubergine spread, and baba ganoush)

Fatted Calf + 4505 Meats (meats, especially cured meats)

Saint Benoit Creamery (yogurt)

Blue Bottle (coffee and liege waffles on the weekend)

If you live in the city or are simply visiting, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a great place to spend your Saturday mornings.  Whether you are shopping for your week’s groceries or simply there for a snack, it is a truly a San Francisco treat.

– S

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San Francisco Pizza Tour Stop #2: Pizzetta 211

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Ask me what my favorite pizza place is, and here’s my answer: Pizzetta 211.

Pizzetta has always felt like my neighborhood secret, four tables tucked away in a cozy restaurant in the Richmond District of San Francisco. This is where I would go as a child to celebrate a good grade in Math or a good job on the soccer field. While the setting is cozy and conjures good memories for me, the pure excellence of their pizzas is the reason why Pizzetta is my favorite. The crust is thin, but not too burnt or crunchy, the ingredients are always fresh, and the flavors and options are always delicious (the menu changes weekly). I always get their pizzas topped with a farm-fresh egg. As for non pizza options, the field green salad and daily cheeseboard are great ways to start, and if you still have room, the housemade flourless chocolate cake is delicious. Be warned, however: tables fill up fast and a line outside is a daily occurrence. Because Pizzetta 211 is so small, it can only accommodate a few parties (there are no reservations). Arrive early or bundle up and be prepared to wait in the Richmond fog. It’s worth it.

Pizzetta 211
211 23rd Ave.

-M

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