In my mind (or an alternate universe — you pick), I am the type of girl who wakes up every Saturday morning, refreshed and ready to hit my local farmers market for some sunshine, fresh food and groceries, and a lively social kick-off to my active weekend. Alas, that has never, ever been the case. By the time my weekend rolls around, after being “on” all week at work and having few too many hours at home, the last thing I want to do is walk around a Farmers Market alone. (The only one in my area is on Sunday anyways.) But if I lived near “the” farmers market in San Francisco, a Ferry Plaza Market devotee I would be.
The famous Ferry Plaza Market is on the edge of San Francisco’s financial district and is open three days a week, with Saturdays being a particularly busy time. After a chilly afternoon in Haight Ashbury, we enjoyed a particularly sunny morning when I recently toured the market. Trafalgar Tours arranged a thorough tour with Edible Excursions, and my guide was peppy, a true foodie, and full of information. The best part: no lines and tons of samples. So many people tried to join in that it was pretty obvious that this tour was the way to go!
I have a hard time waiting in line, and Ferry Plaza is so popular that I saw lines for coffee and such that were 30-40 minutes long! Luckily, the majority of booths offered samples and/or mouth-watering goods with little to no line. Our first stop was the Frog Hollow Farm, which offered delicious organic, seasonal fruits.
We even got to sink our teeth into this amazing blueberry tart. It was an embarrassment of riches for our very first stop.
How can you not fall in love with a preserves company called Happy Kitchen Girl?
After we headed inside, we dug into my personal favorite portion of the tour: the bread and cheese course, via Cowgirl Creamery and Acme Bread. Alas, my hands were too full with crusty bread and creamy goodness to take photos. So you’ll just have to believe me… Or buy your own!
For dessert: We hit up Miette, where our guide actually works part-time. This was a pastry shop that made even an sugar tooth like me drool. The treats were fresh and tasty, the ambiance charming and colorful.
We actually made a few more stops, but I was so full that it all passed by in a blur. I made my way outside for walk along the waterfront. The view was stunning.
Ferry Plaza Marketplace is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm, and is operated by the non-profit CUESA, Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture.
I toured San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma as a guest of Trafalgar Tours, but all opinions are my own.
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