Saturday, October 7, 2006

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Not many things could tempt me to leave New York, but the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco is one of them. Every time I visit it I’m blown away all over again.

The farmers’ market is set up outside the Ferry Building which also houses some excellent shops and restaurants that are open all week. A few of my favorites include: Hog Island Farms Restaurant, The Slanted Door; the esoteric Boulettes larder; and Michael Recchuti chocolates. Though the farmers market is open 4-5 days a week, Saturday mornings are by far my favorite time to go.

Here are some of the ingredients I bought recently and can’t wait to try: Pimientos de Padron from Happy Quail Farms; Puntarelle from Star Route Farms ( a bitter green you use for salads); Homemade yogurt from Sant Benoit; and June Taylor’s Tomato Ketchup. The market was also full of meyer lemons, early season persimmons, figs, and every variety of lettuce you can imagine.

And if this is not enough, there are great restaurants set up outside as well. One of my favorites for breakfast is Primavera where you can get the most delicious Mexican food imaginable. I usually order Chilaquiles Aquascalientes--organic scrambled eggs served with refried beans, sour cream, cilantro, queso-cotija and avocado along with freshly made tortillas. The beer battered fish tacos are amazing too.

If you ever find yourself in the Bay Area this is one place that can not be missed no matter what season it happens to be.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
1 Ferry Building
Embarcadero & Market
San Francisco, California


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