Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market.

11 Nov

Today we went to the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. I have avoided this market for more than 2 years. The reasons are as follows: 1) I used to work in the Ferry Building.. and market days were chaotic! 2) the food is not what one might call  inexpensive 3) did I mention that market days are chaotic? So are lines for the bathroom. However, today I felt like properly checking the market out. One of the disadvantages of working during the market is that you never really have time to explore.

Here’s a list of what we bought:

  • at least 3 kinds of hot chili peppers
  • pea sprout pesto
  • almond maple spread
  • mixed, sprouted beans
  • pumpkin quark cheese
  • organic butter
  • fennel
  • purple radishes
  • almond butter
  • almond chocolate coffee brittle
  • a mossy turtle with a plant growing out of it!
  • serrano chili seasoning

Things I saw, did not buy, but will buy in the future:

  • organic, brown rice
  • jerusalem artichokes
  • various organic dried beans

So, as you can see, many of these things are not easily found at your average shop. I intend to make the FPFM an occasional supplement to my existing market diet. We also stopped by Mistral Rotisserie Provencale for lunch. One of the things I quite like about the restaurants and shops at the Ferry Building is that they are very much dedicated to using and selling local and organic food. The prices might be a bit high, and the atmosphere a bit upscale, but their hearts are in a good place. I actually know the owners of Mistral a bit and they are great people. And they make an absolutely kick-ass Morrocan Lamb Stew (Tagine).

So, in general, I give this farmers’ market a thumbs up. At least when it comes to variety and quality. However I find the customers rather rude. People are bumping into eachother all the time and, frankly, there’s less diversity. And more tourists. Also, I wouldn’t really call the atmosphere ‘relaxed’. Sorry Ms. Plaza, I’m not giving up Heart of the City Farmers’ Market any time soon.


One Response to “Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market.”

  1. Veronique Lalonde November 11, 2007 at 8:22 pm #

    Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market sounds like it would be a good place to pick up things you can’t find elsewhere.
    So maybe good for an occasional visit. Bummer about the rude customers, though.

    About the lamb stew (yum), I had never realized until you sent that URL that tagine refers to the cute dish (with the hat-like lid) in which the stew is served! I thought it referred to the food itself. Moroccan lamb stew, couscous, and veggies by any other name would taste as good. 🙂

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