Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

Lisa and I took a quick 18 hour get-a-way to San Francisco this weekend. This finally gave us time to check out the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building, reputed to be one of the best in the country. It was amazing! There must have been over a hundred vendors there, selling all kinds of produce, flowers, dairy, baked goods, meats, condiments and other goodies.

We got some things we had never seen before, like an “Israeli melon” (I’m not sure if it was a Galia or an Ogen melon) that was like an aromatic honeydew, and a Pink Pearl apple with pink flesh and a sweet-tart flavor (this was a big hit with our nieces). We loaded up on fruits (red grapes, green grapes, white nectarines, golden Pippin apples, red and yellow raspberries, dried kiwi) and vegetables (radishes, pineapple heirloom tomatoes, English peas, sugar snap peas, onion sprouts, sprouted peas, cherry tomatoes, basil) and other yummies (goat cheese, baba ganoush, pesto, hummus, tofu jerky). The selection really was overwhelming, but despite the competition, the prices weren’t that cheap. Lisa won’t even tell me how much we spent (I don’t think I want to know). Nevertheless, there really is nothing like fresh-from-the-farm produce, and there are few places like California where just about everything can be grown locally.