One of the highlights of visiting San Francisco had to be spending a couple of hours snooping around the Saturday morning Farmers Market down on the waterfront. Forget Fisherman’s Wharf, this was much more interesting to me. Fresh, organic produce straight from the farm for the city folk to purchase.
I quietly chuckled after reading a couple of reviews, obviously written by American locals, at how they thought this market was expensive in comparison to other places they shop for the same type of produce. Come and live in Sydney, people, and you’ll learn what expensive means. Personally, I couldn’t believe how affordable most of this organic produce was.
The Ferry Building seems the perfect space to hold such a vibrant market. Not only can you find farm produce, there’s also a selection of restaurants, cafe’s, bakeries, home and kitchenware and a wine merchant. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the farmers market spills outdoors, displaying beautiful produce at the front and rear of the old ferry building. I reckon coming early on a Saturday morning is the best as there are less people and shorter queues.
Another word of advice, don’t eat breakfast as there are some fantastic places to grab freshly baked bread or pastry, or beautifully constructed sandwich loaded with organic bacon and oozing cooked egg. Plenty of coffee places as well.
Did we buy anything? Well, we easily could have gone mad on the fresh produce, baked tarts and pies, but seeing we were travelling it just didn’t make sense. The only thing we grabbed was some really nice apple wood smoked salt, and I was tempted by the turned wooden bowls.