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Ferry Plaza Farmers
Better-Than-Ever Farmers Market
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Two days a week, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a favorite spot for locals and visiting foodies alike. Situated near the Ferry Building—one of San Francisco's most famous landmark buildings—top Bay Area vendors serve up fresh Asian noodles, artisan cheeses and breads, oysters, chocolates, wines by the bottle and by the glass, and much more. The freshly picked, organic
produce comes directly from local farms.
Doug Biederbeck (of Bix
and Florio Café & Bar)
and Joseph Graham run the Mediterranean-inspired
MarketBar with al-fresco dining (and great people watching)
and boutique, country-style wines.
A selection of vegetables
Shoppers at the market
look for St. Helena's cultish
Taylor's Automatic Refresher, which "maintains the historic
feeling of the well-loved Taylor's Automatic Refresher in St. Helenabut
with a San Francisco touch." Their menu offers a vegetarian burger and salads.
Door boasts a live fish tank with local crab and
lobster, fresh noodles, and an assortment of Vietnamese
street food. Executive chef Charles Phan personally
presides over the selection of distinctive Chinese teas, while
wine director Mark Ellenbogen oversees the wine list.
of sommeliers, the Ferry Plaza has its very own master sommelier
in Peter Granoff. The Bay Area wine expert helms the huge
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant along with Debbie Zachareas (bacar).
The nearly 3,000-square-foot shop is a classic, hands-on
European-style destination. Selections change weekly at the
20-seat, dark wood wine bar. Other
fine shops include Cowgirl Creamery's Artisan Cheese Shop. Look for
their triple crème organic washed rind Red Hawk.
Market to Table Program
Freshly baked breads
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a certified farmers market
sponsored by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable
Agriculture (CUESA). Every Saturday, "ten to fifteen
thousand shoppers learn how their food is grown, who grew
it and why it tastes so good." On Saturdays at 11 a.m.,
CUESA offers their Market to Table Program at the market, where leading Bay Area chefs hold demonstrations of dishes using seasonal, sustainable ingredients
from the market's farmers. Sample the chef's creation,
take a recipe, and recreate it at home with fresh market
Francisco City Guides, a local non-profit volunteer organization, offers free regular walking tours of the Ferry Building
with an opportunity to sample fresh foods, produce and
plants from local farms and nurseries. Tours start at noon
on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The market is open two days a week, rain or shine: Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
City Guides information, visit www.sfcityguides.org
San Francisco City Guide
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(Updated: 06/24/09 KR)