Food Choices at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

4505 Meats sausage in brioche

After the heavy breakfast at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, Jeanne brought me to the Ferry Building where the weekly Saturday farmers market was held. I was also going to meet some high school friends there for lunch. So the tour around the market was definitely only to look and not eat.

The farmers market is open three days a week—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the smaller markets occupy the front of the building along the Embarcadero; on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay.  The markets offer fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats and eggs from small regional farmers and ranchers, many of whom are certified organic.  A wealth of other products include regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses and jams.  The Thursday market  features an array of artisan street food: wood-fired pizza, grilled meats, sandwiches, and tacos, while the Saturday market also includes local restaurants serving a variety of hot, delicious meals.

Text from Ferry Building Marketplace

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The market is similar to the weekend markets in Makati but the things sold are very different. The fruits and vegetables sold here aren’t found in our markets.
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my favorite yellow Rainier cherries

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I tried some samples of Alfieri Farms almonds and couldn’t resist buying a small bag of dark chocolate covered orange almonds. I’ve never seen that combination before and it was super yummy. I wish I bought more.
Alfieri Farms nuts

I also sampled some almond brittle. Sweet and buttery!
Alfieri Farms nuts

Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee

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fresh lavender
fresh lavender

This is my friend Jeanne, my terrific tour guide around the farmers market. She has tried a lot of the food there and she told me which ones were good. As if I could eat a bite after that filling breakfast. 

There were so many tempting and delicious freshly cooked food there that I couldn’t decide if I was glad that I was full or sad that I couldn’t try any of them.
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Rosa Pistola menu

Rose Pistola
Rose Pistola

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Eat while enjoying the view of the Oakland Bay Bridge (known to the locals simply as Bay Bridge).

Fatted Calf Charcuterie
Fatted Calf
Fatted Calf Charcuterie-1

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Prather Ranch Meat Co.
Prather Ranch Grill

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Roli Roti had one of the longest lines.
Roli Roti

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Jeanne said their porchetta sandwich was the best. I watched how they prepared it. They sliced the pork fresh off the rotisserie, then take some crispy skin and scraped off some of the fat. Then they got the bread and wiped it on the board to pick up the juices of the meat. Wonderful!
Roli Roti Porchetta sandwich

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Roli Roti’s porchetta sandwich


Acme Bread
Acme Bread
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Vicolo pizza
Vicolo Pizza

Another one with long lines was Namu which served modern Korean fare.
Namu’s menu

They had visual samples of their food. I must say they don’t look very Korean but it did look very appetizing.


4505 Meats
4505 Meats

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4505 Meat’s menu

4505 Meats sausage in brioche
mini breakfast sausage wrapped in brioche


more pictures in my flickr set

The next time I go to San Francisco I’m planning my trip around the Saturday Farmers Market. I will not eat breakfast so I can try the porchetta sandwich and the goodies from Namu. That breakfast sausage wrapped in brioche is also calling my name. Til we meet again….

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Tuesday: 10am–2pm
Thursday: 10 am – 2pm
Saturday: 8am-2pm

telephone: (415) 291-3276

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