The Ferry Building Tower Landmark
I have only been shopping regularly at the farmers markets in the past year or so but am already thinking that this will be the way to buy my groceries for the years to come! It is like a candy shop for me - an intoxicating display of seasonal produce, dazzling colors of fresh flowers and fruits, and savory scents. Everything is so tempting; the stalls selling roasted nuts, kettle corns, honey, jams, and plum & juicy fruits. What not to love?! Plus shopping in the open air kinds of remind me of my childhood where I spent the mornings at the marketplace with my mother & grandmother back in Asia.
I managed to bring my camera along with me this weekend to the market and I snapped some pictures to share with you. Among all the farmers markets in the Bay Area, my favorite farmers market is held in San Francisco in front of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay. What is so special about this market is that it also features a marketplace indoor, making this one of the city's premiere stops for foodies who love its boutique style shops, artisan food shops, restaurants and the fresh organic produces available from the farmers market thru out the week.
Ferry Building Marketplace - boutique style shops & cafes
fresh flower bouquets from the charming Oak Hill Farm of Sonoma
Imported goods & mushrooms
The Gardener - one of my favorite shops to get imported textile like French linen, Japanese cotton, European style shopping baskets and etc.
Inside Sur la table - cake pans, mousse rings and everything a cook needs =)
barrels of fruits & handmade soaps
The indoor marketplace features open-fronted specialty food shops such as the Far West Fungi, Recchuiti Confections, Cowgirl Creamery's Artisan Cheese Shop, Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, Stonehouse California Olive Oil and more. It also features a handful of cafes and restaurants. One can grab a quick bite or a sweet treat from Miette Patisserie (must try their buttermilk panna cotta when you visit), Ciao Bella Gelato, Out the Door, DELICA rf1 (my favorite place to get fusion Japanese tapas) and etc. You can also enjoy a full meal at the Market Bar Restaurant, whose menu features ingredients from the market, Taylor's Refresher's gourmet hamburgers and milkshakes, and Hog Island Oyster Company, where they serves shellfish straight from their Tomales Bay farms.
cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery & packages of colorful bowtie pasta
Caviar Bar & Cafe - is one of the dozen cafes inside the marketplace
Then there are the farmers markets, which are held year-round, several days a week outside the building, and the largest is on Saturday mornings. This is where local cooks and food-lovers flock to get fresh seasonal produce and gourmet prepared food & baked goods. So when you are in the city, don’t forget to pay a visit. I assure you that you will find something, whether to eat or to keep =)
fresh veggies from local farmers
Kashiwase Farm - offers the best stoned fruits in the market!
colorful & juicy heirloom tomatos & apples
fresh eggs from local ranch and smoked salmon
gorgeous day - shoppers enjoying the view of the Bay (and the Bay Bridge)
Btw, I bought some yellow flesh peach by the name of “Zee Lady” from my favorite fruit stall and made myself some peach tartlettes, which I may share with you later once I wrapped up the two weddings that I am helping in mid & late August~
Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmers Market
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The Ferry Building Tower Landmark