Although I love the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, sometimes venturing out bright and early on a Saturday morning just doesn't happen. Sometimes the crowds are too big, the lines too long, and the prices too high. What you might not know is that everyday, throughout The City there are other farmer's markets. They vary in size from tiny to huge, but all offer farm fresh, local, seasonal produce. Lately, we've been skipping the Ferry Building altogether an instead heading over to Fort Mason on Sunday mornings for their farmer's market.
The market is perfectly medium-sized, with ample fresh produce, food options, locally produced honey, juice, and chocolate, flowers and even live music. It manages to be both full of people and not crowded. There are kids, families, your average Marina-ite, and hipsters happily eating dumplings, picking out organic kale, and sampling cold pressed juice. The historic army base makes a great backdrop for all the colorful food.
We also get a CSA box every other week, so we don't buy everything we need at the market. We tend to spend around $40 (unless I give in to temptation and buy flowers too), and get enough fresh greens, peppers, seasonal fruit, and tomatoes for a few meals.
Do you have a fave Bay Area farmer's market or vendor? Let me know!