Lately I’ve been obsessed with Farmer’s Markets and if you’ve been to any one of the ones in the Bay Area you know why. The experience of a good farmer’s market is one that will captivate all your senses. The colors will pop out at you, the smell will delight your nose and the food; the food will tickle your taste buds and leave you wanting more and more until you can’t possibly eat anything else.
The first time the Husband and I went to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market we may have gone a little overboard (I think we left with 3 grocery bags and half an igloo full of stuff) but I just couldn’t seem to help myself. Everything was so fresh and some of the food so new to me that I couldn’t say no. I mean come on, we walked right in and BAM there was a bakery stand, Biscuit Blender so our course I had a to get a few things to try.
Then The Husband was insistent that he get his Blue Bottle Coffee Company (A SF rarity) which was surprisingly inexpensive and quite tasty, considering their reputation.
Just past Blue Bottle there was another bakery and that was my first encounter with Miette and their to die for shortbread cookies. I convinced the sales girl to let me try a sample of their lavender and now they’ve got a new fan for life. I’ve always has a soft spot for shortbread but theirs was a type of butter goodness that I just couldn’t resist and in fact I think my exact words were, “Mmpf, I’ll take that one.”
From there we ventured outside and there was so much to see and taste with all the free samples that our stomach started to growl.
Luckily the friends we were there to meet choose that time to arrive and we got down to the important business of brunch time.
The Husband went for seafood (just one of the sandwiches below), while Holly chose a burger and I went for some down-home style Mexican food; everything was absolutely delicious. In fact, on our second trip I went right back to for the chilaquiles and The Husband opted for a burger.
From there we circled back around into the covered part of the farmer’s market and continued to lust after all the food and it was really a testament to my willpower and maybe, quickly dwindling cash, that we only left with as many bags as we did.
But we weren’t done yet and we continued to eat ourselves silly. The steamed buns were too good looking to resist and I’d never had a bomboloni so I was curious and had to try it; basically it was a cream filled donut, rolled in sugar and after that I was stick-a-fork-in-me-I’m-done.
All in all we had a great few hours eating and catching up with friends that I wished we saw more often.
In fact, on the ride back home The Husband even announced that he didn’t hate it which is a BIG deal because if you know him he is not a fan of anything San Francisco. So I was pretty pleased with myself and now, for the life of me I couldn’t remember why I waited so long to check it out.
If you’re keen to see it for yourself it’s every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (is the big one) and if you drive there’s a great place to park HERE that’s only $3 ALL DAY (yup, you read that right) with validation at the Farmer’s Market.