One of my most favorite things to do on a Saturday in San Francisco is to head to the awesome farmer's market located at the Ferry Building (which also happens to be my favorite building in the city). A few weeks ago I dragged a San Francisco newbie along to experience the fun on a foggy morning and snapped a few pics with my fancy camera (that I have no idea how to use) while we were there. I seriously love this market; the hustle bustle of folks picking out fresh produce, the smell of local and sustainable eats grilling up, the sound of folk music playing from small bands trying to make a buck. It's all right up my alley and I practically beam from ear to ear from the moment I arrive to the moment I leave.
As per my usual market routine, we kicked off the morning with a cup of drip Blue Bottle Coffee...so delicious!
Followed by an egg and cheese sandwich for me and a freshly made, slow roasted porchetta sandwich for my buddy...
While we ate we sat and listened to a group of musicians play a delightful set of assorted tunes. The best part of this little group is that the Asian man in the suit was not a member of the band; he simply asked if he could chime in for a while and the group happily obliged. He was really good on that harmonica and skinny flute thingy (official instrument name)! We loved that he was welcomed by the band and that the musical result was so enjoyable :)
Tip from a young fan...
Sweet sticker from the drummer to me :)
There are signs everywhere saying dogs are not allowed within the farmer's market...but nobody listens...and I'm glad they don't. Cute pooches are one of the highlights and this little guy reminded me of my grandmother's dog...
My first sample of homemade strawberry-raspberry jam (organic, of course!)...I just love all the bright colors of a farmer's market, don't you?
And my favorite nuts and chocolate stand that makes a chocolate almond brittle to DIE for. Literally. I die for it....(brittle is packaged on the lower right of this photo)...
I've come to realize that having this type of local spot in my city is really important to me. No matter where I move in the future (and I do plan on living in quite a few more places!) I will really value activities like a community run market. It's one of the reasons why I know I'm not quite cut out for a suburbs lifestyle yet. I can certainly see the value in a suburban community, of course, but for now I am much more fitted to a place with things like a market located on an old pier, sea gulls flying overhead, little Asian men having an impromptu, folksy jam session and local/organic/sustainable treats waiting around every corner.
In fresh fruits and veggies Gratitude,