Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dispatch from San Francisco's Ferry Building Market

Photos (Lexi Van de Walle): Ferry Plaza Farmers Market billboard; Ferry Building Marketplace - exterior, Far West Fungi, FBM - interior, ferry and San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Talk about food envy. I landed at San Francisco airport at about noon, had a brief visit with my husband who I hadn't seen since Sunday, and walked straight from the hotel over to the unbelievable and amazingly impressive Ferry Building Marketplace.

Within seconds, I was overwhelmed with jealousy -- pure, unadulterated food envy. As great and wonderful a place as New York is for food, the Ferry Market Building is a locavore's dream, and a must see for all visitors to San Francisco who are interested in local food and food purveyors.

I strolled through taking pictures and visiting shops, grabbing a few tastes here and there -- Culinaire, a one of a kind antique shop; Book Passage (Julie Powell of Julia and Julie fame is doing a book signing next week for her new title Cleaving:a story of marriage, meat and obsession); Acme Bread Company, Cowgirl Creamery Artisan Cheese; Far West Fungi (I picked up some truffle salts, porcini salt and fennel salt as gifts), Boccalone Salumeria (delicious spreadable salami); Golden Gate Meat Co. (do they ship?) ; Farm Fresh to You; Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants where I had a late afternoon glass of Zin and some cheese served with Acme Bread.

About 4:00, I headed back to the hotel for a quick nap so I could get ready for dinner at One Market (across from the Ferry Building) with Henry and a few of his business colleagues.

About the Food
Ferry Building Marketplace
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 983-8000

About the Farmers Market
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a certified farmers market operated by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). The market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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