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
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.
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.
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!
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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
Thursday: 10 am – 2pm
telephone: (415) 291-3276