Spring is finally here! If there’s one thing that screams Spring to me, it’s Farmers Markets and when a Farmers Market becomes a tourist destination, I think that’s one of the coolest things ever. The Ferry Building in San Francisco is a historical landmark, built in the late 19th century. Having gone through a number of renovations, today it houses an extremely popular artisan food marketplace, restaurants and craft vendors, as well as hosts a Farmers Market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
To be out in the sunshine appreciating all the early spring offerings from local farms was wonderful. I would definitely suggest a trip here for a day of shopping! Insider’s tip: go early. The crowds start to get really heavy around noon.
OF CHOCOLATE AND MUSHROOMS: FERRY BUILDING MARKETPLACE
One of my favorite chocolate makers, Recchiuti Confections, has a store set up in the Ferry Building and I was able to purchase a box of chocolates specially paired with different whiskys. The fact that something like this exists makes me incredibly happy. I foresee a very entertaining tasting and subsequent whisky themed post in your future, readers!
They also have chocolate boxes specially created to pair with red wine, which is brilliant because the type of chocolate and the flavors in them really matter when pairing with anything, but especially wine. And to get a bottle for the occasion you could just hop right across the way to the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and pick one out with help from friendly, knowledgeable sales associates.
One of the coolest finds of the day was a local mushroom vendor, Far West Fungi. They had more species of mushroom on display than I even knew existed! And they source them from farms, but also from the wild, which I found really interesting.
They explained that in order to stay completely fresh, they will follow the weather, so when our season ends they will gather more heavily from Oregon, when their season ends, Montana, and so on. The dedication and love for what they do is apparent. Definitely worth a stop!
The Farmers Market outside was impressively expansive with a lot of variety. Vendors were selling everything from Kiwi vines (did you know kiwis grow on vines?!) to homemade marmalade. I will most definitely be heading back here as summer approaches for all manner of delicious local offerings. I’m especially looking forward to being able to get fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella for Caprese Salad, one of my absolute favorite summer meals!
Do you have a favorite local Farmers Market where you live? Tell me about it in the comments!
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