If you thought a tour of San Francisco’s sourdough bakery got me excited, imagine what it was like for me when I visited their largest farmer’s market at the Ferry Building! A historical landmark, the Ferry Building now houses an extensive marketplace with good eats all around. Tourist trap, you say? Agreed, wholeheartedly. But I’m a tourist, so it’s okay! Warning: Photo heavy.
Booths align the entire perimeter, with most of the front stalls across the street selling jewelry and handmade goods. Towards the side, lies all the good stuff: fresh produce, rotisseries, sandwiches, jams and other canned goods, and even cute topiaries.
Inside, the ferry building is massive! Lined with small shops, open all year round.
You name a type of food, you probably got it here at the market. With most fresh produce outdoors, inside lies other goodies such as a mushroom shop and plenty of bakeries.
Smaller stands are located in front of these small shops, providing their own specialized goods. I bought a bomboloni, an Italian donut, filled with flavored creams or jams from an cute little Italian woman. Nice and light on the inside, creamy filling, sugary goodness – delicious!
Other types of cuisine are available as well, including this table selling steamed buns and marbled eggs. I wish I would have tried the egg but I knew I had to ration my stomach for other things (keep reading!).
Save my stomach for what, you might ask? Boccalone’s cured meats of course owned by Chris Cosentino. Who? You might have seen him on the Food Network, or know him as the king of offal dishes. Or, you might have read that he is this year’s NAIT Hokanson Chef in Residence, a program with allows students to experience innovative cooking techniques and broaden their culinary style.
Selling sandwiches and a buttload of different cured meats, it’s easy to get lost in the menu. Reading reviews and eating guides though, I decided to with sampling as much as I could at the market. Their assorted cuts Boccalone Cone is your best bet! 3 different cuts of salumi or you can customize your own.
Grab yourself some cheese from Cowgirl Creamery and you’re on your way to making a nice charcuterie board!
Specializing in all sorts of cheeses, from their own to fresh cheese to imported varieties, this is cheese heaven!
They even have a cheese club, where you can subscribe and get the featured cheese of the month, shipped directly to your door! Beware though, they’re one busy place. Even with a number system in place, I waited a good 15 minutes before I could sample some cheeses. They gave great advice though and helped me select a brie-style cheese to go along with my salumi cone. I would have shared with Joe, but by the time I returned to him, he was done his salumi cone and looking for other eats!
Rounding it out with dessert, I hopped on over to Miette to take a look at their pastries and cakes.
Too cute to eat! We did buy macarons to try though and although plain in color, were strong in flavor!
Wandering around the building and doing a few laps around the market led us to a booth giving out free gelato as a promotion for citrus fruits! Score. The market even offers demonstrations at certain times, street performers, and a great view of the Bay Bridge. Loved it! Definitely recommend going on a Saturday to experience the full market, and come hungry. Not only are there stands and shops, the Ferry Building is home to a lot of restaurants as well. Follow for my next post on which restaurant we went to for, what Joe calls, “real food.”Ferry Building Marketplace
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