Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Trip to the Ferry Building Market

Once the terminus for all travelers from the East to San Francisco, the Ferry Building is now a market place and famous landmark for residents and visitors. And the latter was yours truly earlier in the week when I was on my own to explore this bustling city. Are you surprised that I arrived at the Ferry Building by trolley? What fun! And then the beautiful interior full of delightful food aromas and light!

The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture's mission is to promote a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Visit them at

If Bob had been with me, we would have planted ourselves on stools at the
Hog Island Oyster Company and waited for them to open for lunch! Since I had so much to see,
I settled for taking some photos of the bushels of fresh oysters sitting on ice and
waiting for hungry crowds just an hour away.

I love pig parts. It is one of my favorite food groups.
I wanted to spend more time tasting at the Boccalone shop.
You can order their tasty salted pig parts online from their website. $8.99 per pound I think I have about $27 worth of rendered duck fat in my freezer right now. I'd better put a lock on that door.

I'm a sucker for the "last chance!" sales.

Wouldn't you love to have a market near you where you could get fresh crabs?

Outside on the sidewalk is where the local growers set up their farmers market. Lots of early cool-weather crops and citrus were offered on this day, as well as two stalls that were filled with dried fruits of all kinds. That is what is packaged in this picture below.

Greens, greens, beautiful greens!

"Cosmetically challenged" organic carrots and parsnips.

Fresh asparagus is in season here and people were walking away
with bags full of it. I bet it is good!

A sunny day at the market! What a great experience!

Bon App├ętit!
Chef Debbie


Lisa Brisch said...

Beautiful pictures, Deb. I can't wait for asparagus to be in season here, probably another month.

Oma & Opa said...

Hi Debbie -

Love those farmers markets...
You captured some great pictures, bringing your clients and chef buddies right along with you...

Chef Mary Jane
hummm...Is it too late to put
in my order?

Oma & Opa said...

Thanks for taking us along on your culinary adventures through San Francisco. Love the pictures you captured and the explainations of
your exploring the freshest of products.

Thanks for taking your clients and Chef buddies along!

Chef Mary Jane