Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

There are two farmers’ markets in San Francisco on Saturday that I know of, one on Alemany Blvd. and one at the downtown Ferry Plaza. The former is the place to go for deals on produce and an emphasis on Asian produce. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is quite a bit more expensive, but the selections go from produce to meat and fish to candies and so much more.

The fact that the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a venue with permanent stores makes it a great place to go anytime. But on Saturdays, the offerings multiply exponentially. The Slow Food guy from Italy poopoo’d the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as being overpriced, a place where surfer/farmers go to charge 3-4x regular prices to support their surfing habit. Yes, it’s more expensive, but sometimes you get what you pay for. And, even if you’re just in town for the weekend, the beauty of the food available will blow you away.

Golden Gate Meat at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Golden Gate Meat at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Boccalone Meats by Chris Cosentino

Boccalone Meats by Chris Cosentino

Cherries at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Cherries at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Golden Gate Meat Co at Ferry Plaza

Golden Gate Meat Co at Ferry Plaza

Hog Island Oyster at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Hog Island Oyster at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Our two favorite meat places are Golden Gate Meat Company, owned and operated by the Offenbach family, and Prather Ranch, both permanent residents. Prather has a stall outside on Saturdays serving some of their meats. Being a ranch, Prather’s selection is limited vs. Golden Gate Mean where you can get just about everything. Inside the Golden Gate Meat space is also Hog Island Oyster (unfortunately, they’re not open until 11 or so, and we’re long gone by then) and a produce place.

Rancho Gordo is a provider of heirloom beans. They’re fabulous. I had no idea there were so many bean options for so many purposes – ones that stay firm in a soup, one that gets nice and mushy, garbanzo beans, and they have a great cookbook. You can also join their newsletter at here. You’ll often see Steve, the owner, at the booth. Prices just went up to $5.95 per pound.

There’s no better time to go to a farmers’ market than summer when a plethora of fruits are available. The colors are so vibrant and fresh, it makes me hungry just thinking and writing about it.

We park at the Howard and Steuart St. parking lot for $5 for four hours, so no meter anxiety.




There are no comments

Add yours