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.

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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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