While farmers markets litter the landscape in just about every California town, the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market (1 Ferry Plaza, 415/291-3276, www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com, Tues. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m.) is special. At the granddaddy of Bay Area farmers markets, you’ll find a wonderful array of produce, cooked foods, and even locally raised meats and locally caught seafood.
Expect to see the freshest fruits and veggies from local growers, grass-fed beef from Marin, and seasonal seafood pulled from the Pacific beyond the Golden Gate.
Granted, you’ll pay for the privilege of purchasing from this market—if you’re seeking bargain produce, you’ll be better served at one of the weekly suburban farmers markets. But even locals flock downtown to the Ferry Building on Saturday mornings, especially in the summertime when the variety of California’s agricultural bounty become staggering.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition