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Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market

The One-Stop Shop

In need of some fresh fare and waterfront air? Try the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market that recently changed locations. After 10 years of migration, it now has a permanent home at the newly restored Ferry Building. Roam through the lively open-air market where you'll find over 75 small family farms and food vendors. Only a stone's throw from Pac Bell Park and downtown San Francisco, you'll find yourself caressing juicy white peaches, squeezing pluots (a plum-apricot hybrid), and sampling sweet English peas. Nibbling on fruit and vegetable samples is fully encouraged and this is just the beginning.

The vendors at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market specialize in a vast assortment of fruits and vegetables, from the ordinary to the organic, to the most peculiar of varieties. In fact, 'garden variety' doesn't exist here. Capay Fruits and Vegetables, from Capay Valley, California, offers at least five types of heirloom tomatoes. Hamada Farms, from Kingsburg, California, boasts six types of cherries. And Hazell Dell, from Watsonville, California, is noted for its wide variety of specialty mushrooms including tree oyster and maitake.

Artisan food vendors offer flavorful complements to the seasonal produce. For carnivores, there is grass-fed beef from Niman Ranch (seen on many local restaurant menus), guinea fowl and hens from Highland Hills Farm, and tender poultry and rabbit from Hoffman Game Birds. If seafood suits your palate more, enjoy fresh Tomales Bay oysters, wild Shogun salmon, and various smoked finned and shelled sundries from Northern California fisheries. Rounding out the farmer's market mix are herb-infused olive oils, homemade sauces, and flavored seasonings. Undoubtedly, the Farmer's market produce, meats, and seasonings will inspire your inner chef.

While at the farmer's market, you'll experience a pleasant historic surprise. The 105 year-old Ferry building has re-opened after a four-year renovation. The ground floor Nave will house specialty gourmet purveyors, including Acme Bread Company, Cowgirl Creamery, Sharffenberger Chocolates, and Sur La Table. Classes and demos by renown local chefs and food personalities are also scheduled to take place within the Nave shops. Noted appearances by Joanne Weir, cookbook author, Nancy Oakes of Boulevard Restaurant, and Shuna Lydon of the Morroccan restaurant Aziza are already slated.

After the fresh food whets your appetite, let some reputable San Francisco restaurants satisfy your urge for heavier fare. The famed Slanted Door, with its French-Vietnamese menu, will be moving permanently from its Brannan Street location. Taylor's Refresher, a favorite Sonoma eatery, will serve up dressed up burgers and fish and chips. Stave off your food coma by grabbing a Peet's coffee and listening to music served by the bay.

With its new permanent home, the Farmer's market has extended its usual Saturday and Tuesday schedule. After work market shopping is now available on Thursday afternoons. Sunday afternoons will attract green thumb patrons with the new 'garden days.' This features a vast array of indoor and outdoor plants, from the delicate orchid to the carnivorous Venus Flytrap.

While walking around it may feel like a yuppie's food paradise, but no place beats the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market when it comes down to fresh produce, meats, seafood, and specialty foods. This is indeed a one-stop shop marketplace for the true food lover.

Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market
One Ferry Building
(Embarcadero @ Market)
Phone: 415.693.0966
Hours: Saturdays (8 am - 2pm), Tuesdays (10 am - 2 pm),
Thursdays (3 - 7 pm), Sunday Garden Market (8 am - 2 pm)

The market is open year round rain or shine!