Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: The 10 Best New Bites

By Tamara Palmer  |  April 21, 2014
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San Francisco's beloved Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is bursting with the bounty of spring produce - piles of nettles, overflowing strawberry baskets and vibrant oranges - and the imaginative new ideas of the farmers and artisanal food purveyors that make the tri-weekly event something truly special. Each day brings a different array of wonderful hot food, including the chilaquiles from Primavera and the okonomiyaki from Namu that star on Saturdays and the Reubens from Wise Sons that get people lining up on Tuesdays. Here, we focus on the fresh in-season produce and prepared foods. We combed the booths and sampled every stall to bring you the 10 Best New Bites at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Visit Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM and Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM. And if we missed your favorite, please share in the comments. 

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    Strawberries by Yerena Farms

    Why we love it: It may only be spring, but this family-owned farm from Watsonville is already serving up the juicy and sweet taste of summer.
    Price: $4/basket
    Market day(s): Tuesday and Saturday

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    Cherry-lavender refresher by Eatwell Farm

    Why we love it: The Dixon farm is best known for selling lavender, tomatoes and sea salts, but their fermented sodas are a great alternative to kombucha. This new variety provides a drinkable preview of summer sunshine.
    Price: $6 (includes $2 refundable bottle deposit)
    Market day(s): Saturday

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    Pomme D'Amour by Knead Patisserie

    Why we love it: The bakery arm of Local Mission Eatery and Local Mission Market has started testing out the farmer's market waters, leading with this signature dessert. It's a vanilla crème brûlée loaded into a puff pastry that's been streaked with crunchy salted caramel, and it will not make it home despite your best efforts.
    Price: $3.50
    Market day(s): Pops up on select Saturdays; follow Knead on Twitter for specific dates

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    The Prescription by Sow Juice

    Why we love it: Kale and celery are green veggies we need to consume more of in general, and they go down super-easy when blended to order with apple, orange, mint and a hint of parsley.
    Price: $8 (or $10 with refundable to-go jar)
    Market day(s): Thursday and Saturday

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    Picada buffalo cheese by Andante Dairy

    Why we love it: The Petaluma cheese maker that's a favorite at spots like The French Laundry is known for goat-, sheep- and cow-milk cheese, but has just started experimenting with buffalo milk, resulting in this sweet, creamy and earthy creation.
    ​Price: $7 small/$13 large
    Market day(s): Saturday

  • English shelling peas by Iacopi Farms

    Why we love it: Addictive like popcorn, we wait all year for the arrival of nature's sweet snack from this Half Moon Bay family farm. And we are not alone - so high and passionate is the demand that one Iacopi staffer jokes, "I told my boss I didn't want to come to work until these came back in season!" And they've finally arrived.
    Price: $8 small bag/$20 large
    Market day(s): Tuesday and Saturday

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    Mandarin zest by Everything Under The Sun

    Why we love it: The Winters farm, known for its sun-dried fruits and veggies, has recently started experimenting with condiments. This dried Mandarin-orange zest is lovely in vinaigrettes and baked goods.
    Price: $3.50
    Market day(s): Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

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    Sake kit by Aedan Fermented Foods

    Why we love it: One of the market's newest vendors sells products derived from koji, a fermented rice mold that is a precursor to miso and sake. You can buy kits to make a marinade for meat and veggies, or you can spend another $5 and start brewing this old-school unfiltered sake at home.
    Price: $20
    Market day(s): Saturday

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    Harvest granola by Little Apple Granola

    Why we love it: This Sebastopol startup makes small batches of slow-toasted granola with the best dried apples around - find it at the Flatland Flower Farm table.
    Price: $11.95
    Market day(s): Saturday

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    Hominy by Tierra Vegetables

    Why we love it: A farm with land in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, Tierra is best known at the market for zingy chile jams, but has just started regularly offering this par-cooked heirloom hominy to add instant heartiness to soups and stews - or to snack on straight out of the bag.
    ​Price: $8
    Market day(s): Saturday