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)
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.