The San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market is a favorite for tourists and locals alike. Here are some suggestions for things to eat and stands to visit, plus style inspiration for your urban adventure.
Often tourists barely scratch the surface of what San Francisco has to offer. There are so many neighborhoods and gems that are almost completely passed over!
There are a few ‘tourist destinations’ in San Francisco though, that are just as loved by the locals. An obvious one is the Golden Gate Bridge, but there’s also the Farmers Market at the San Francisco Ferry Building. On any given day, you’ll see thousands of people visiting the stands – from tourists to top area chefs.
There’s a reason chefs go there to fill their restaurant pantries. You’ll find some of the best produce in the San Francisco Bay Area, all located right on the bay, with great city views. It’s a market that caters to everyone from the casual visitor to the serious foodie. It’s also quite possibly the most-photogenic farmer’s market ever. Not that I choose my activities based on that.
If you’re looking for a few recommendations for where to pick up your produce, I recommend checking out Eatwell Farm and Schoolyard to Market. I’ve blogged about Eatwell Farm multiple times in the past. We love them because of their ‘beyond organic’ approach. They use no pesticides at all, even the ones that are technically organic. Instead they use rotational cropping and natural pest control (think chickens) to make the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly goods you’ve ever had.
Schoolyard to Market is a youth development and entrepreneurship program that sells fruits and veggies that high school students in the bay area have grown. So awesome!
My favorite place to buy cheese is Bodega and Yerba Santa Goat Dairy. It’s run by two sons and their father. Their cheese is perfect for everything from snacking to putting on pizza. They also makes a goat milk caramel, which tastes sort of like dulce de leche and is addicting. Javier (above) is super charming and always has a sample for you to taste.
You also better come to the farmers market with an empty stomach! Businesses like Craftsman & Wolves and Marla Bakery have stands at the farmer’s market and of course places like Sightglass and Blue Bottle will keep you well-caffeinated. It’s foodie heaven.
We live across the city from the Ferry Building, but it’s an easy and relatively flat bike ride. I’m all about clothing that I feel good in, but also keeps up with me.
Footwear is super important when planning your farmer’s market adventure, especially if you’re going by bike like we do. I picked this pair of white sandals up on Zappos.com and when they arrived in the mail two days later (talk about almost-instant gratification!) I knew I had a winner. When I put them on, the first thing that popped into my head was, these are great. I’m going to wear these everywhere this summer.
They are comfy and practical, but still look great! You should definitely pick up a pair for yourself. Because they are on Zappos, you’ll get them in two days with free shipping and free returns. The sandals are actually Timberland, so if you’re looking for more adventure-ready footwear for summer, you can find more inspiration here.
The ‘midi’ length dress is a cyclist’s best friend. It doesn’t ride up and leave me…exposed, but isn’t long enough that I worry about it getting caught in my bike chain.
I’ve had the one I’m wearing in these photos for ages, but I’ve been seeing this length everywhere these days! Hooray for buying classic pieces, right? If you need some pink midi dress inspiration, I’m sharing a few that I love at the end of the post.
San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Thursday: 10 am – 2pm
P.S. – My suggestion to you is to try to visit as early as you can. As the day goes on, the crowds get pretty thick!
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