Sunday, January 23, 2011

Locavore Heaven! Ferry Plaza Farmers Market - San Francisco



Pomegranate luv! at the San Francisco Farmers Market

San Francisco's beautifully restored Ferry Building at the Embarcadero: Gourmet shops and the Farmers Market offer the finest local foods: breads & pastry, seafood & meat,
herbs, olive oil & flowers.
Tourists flock to the area for the engaging ambience, not to mention chocolates & gelato.

Buddha's Hand : Citrus medica
Saturday was reserved for a winter day in the sunshine.
During my graduate studies, I lived in the city for two years, but I still can't get over the dress code in San Francisco -- Flip-flops throughout the year, no matter what the temperature!

Although the peel of this citrus variety is quite thick, it is an extremely fragrant fruit that grows on a small tree or shrub. I have no personal experience growing it, and wonder....
have you ever grown this tender plant indoors or in your garden?

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Beaux Arts-style Ferry Building was constructed in 1898, with a clock tower some 245 feet tall situated at the foot of Market Street. Restoration was completed in 2003. You must see the building's stunning interior if you visit. It's a breathtakingly beautiful architectural space, with a 660-foot long sky lit Nave and marble mosaic floor.

12 comments:

  1. We have been eating our weight in pomegranates this season...just this week the grocer no longer had them...so sad ;/ Beautiful photos!

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  2. Love your images today, especially the clock tower.

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  3. I really want to go and experience San Francisco Market! Who wants to go with me?=)

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  4. LOVE love LOVE that farmers market. Very interesting produce type I've never heard of. Too cool. Thanks for sharing! =)

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  5. Foodie paradise! Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Alice - I have never ever tasted a pomegrante or even seen a 'buddha's hand' - this is such an exciting post. I have to go to San Franciso, I just need some flip flops (and money) and I'm there with bells on!!!!

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  7. Definitely one of my favorite Farmer's Markets int he Bay Area, although I don't get up there much anymore. I've never grown a Budda's Hand, but would love to give it a try once we get the greenhouse installed. They're so beautifully fragrant.

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  8. How nice to have the farmer's market up and running in January! I'm ready for a trip to San Fran, too. One of my favorite destinations! Madison has some great farmer's markets, too, but not until April. Enjoy!

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  9. Pomegranates are the best! Haven't tried Buddha's Hand yet but am newly interested now. I miss SF!

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  10. Looks like a beautiful day in San Fran. Photos are great and the produce enticing!

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  11. Yes, here's one British tourist that can certainly confirm that this market is a foodie tourist magnet of the first order! We only wished we were able to bring the stuff home with us... Mind you, we did eat a fair bit while we were there too.
    I was absolutely amazed by the multitude of different varieties of tomato on sale. And grapes; and figs; and plums etc, etc. Everything was so BIG too, by our standards.

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