After a 1½-hour flight from Las Vegas, here we are on the second leg of this trip in historical San Francisco. Outside temperature at the time of arrival at our hotel was a chilly jacket ‘n coat requisite 50ºF, albeit calm and partly sunny.
Our hotel, which you’re looking at the view from our 32nd floor room, being the chic Grand Hyatt San Francisco, located adjacent to Union Square at the corner of Stockton and Sutter Street, which as you can kinda’ see, is just a few blocks up from scenic San Francisco Bay.
Here’s the rest of the pan of the city view from our room…
This one taken a little later as the sun began to set…
Grand Hyatt complimentary appointments included a mini refrigerator, broadband internet and 40″ flat screen HDTV including an HBO movie package, which was nice.
We arrived in San Fran’ late Friday afternoon, where the next morning, our friends who recently moved there from Honolulu, invited us to join them for a walk around the famous Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Best to visit on Saturdays, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is located right smack on the pier between 1 & 2 on San Francisco bay in Embarcadero, anchored by the Ferry Building Marketplace (that building to the left in the photo above), which is yet another “foodie paradise” contained within itself to discover, as you’ll soon see.
Well whadaya’ know, serenading Ukulele players on the bay in San Fran’!…
As you see, this Farmers Market packs a pretty good crowd, including that group of Nihongin fellahz standing there, although it’s hard to say whether they were tourists or students.
I believe this here is a Heermann’s Gull, which are prevalent along the bay’s waterfront, hanging out for handouts…
Notice in the background, they changed the color of the Golden Gate Bridge from its famous “International Orange” to a more industrial and modern “Battleship Grey”. Nah, just kidding. That’s actually the OTHER bridge crossing San Francisco Bay, the equally impressive Oakland Bay Bridge.
This next photo was actually taken further down from the Farmers Market on pier 14, where this is called the “Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship“. Whatevahz. San Francisco can be kinda’ weird like that, with their whole “hippie” subculture thing. lol
Ain’t the weather GORGEOUS?! lol
O.K., let’s get on to what was available from the various vendors at the expanse and happening San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, followed at the tail end with a walk through the anchoring Ferry Building Marketplace…
Note with the following thumbnail gallery, when you click on any one, it will enlarge the photo, where you can simply click on that photo to advance to the next photo, or click on the ‘previous’ button above to go back. If you want to view any particular photo at its full resolution, right click>view image. I didn’t include captions, but I’m sure for the most part you can figure out what you’re looking at.
The local farmers market is a great way to get a cross-section view of not only what’s produced locally, but also learn about the latest culinary trends in that area, as well as popular mainstays, and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market certainly provided in all regards there.
The wide variety of locally-produced dates, grapes, apples, chili peppers, mushrooms, squash, potatoes and string beans — many of which were certified as organic — certainly stood out from what you’ll find at say, the KCC Farmers Market here in Honolulu. Although I must say, the likes of Aloun Farms, Ma’o Farms and Dean Okimoto’s ‘Nalo Farms here on Oahu offer as much if not more diversity, not to forget what you can find at Honolulu’s very own Chinatown.
As for what I ate there after being temped with just about EVERYTHING, I went with the San Francisco Style Red Lox Sandwich (shown in gallery), which was absolutely DELISH’! So ono..err, em, make that Salmon. As in Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Capers and Red Onion on a crispy, supple ‘n fresh Acme Sourdough half-roll. What’s not to love about that! Especially when eaten right on the waterfront with all them negative ions surrounding you. O.K., now I’M sounding “hippie-ish”. lol Seriously though, that Red Lox Sandwich was da’ bomb diggity.
The Organic Greenthread Hopi Tea (also shown in gallery), hailing from the Hopi Indian Reservation, was an interesting drink to go along with my sandwich, having a mildly aromatic, somewhat medicinal quality to it. And rightly so, as it’s claimed to be beneficial for your kidneys, urinary tract and digestive system, while also being an effective blood purifyer and immune system booster. Hey, if they say so, I’m all for it.
Overall, San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a FANTASTIC venue that’s highly recommended if you’re in the bay area on a Tuesday, Thursday, or especially Saturday. Free to get in, lots of cool foodie booths to check out, great vibe, great peeps, great products ‘n great eats at great prices, right on the bay waterfront. Can’t get better than that!
In part 2 of “Mission SF”, we actually LEAVE the bay area and head out to Calistoga in Napa County for wine tasting at Chateau Montenela and Envy Wines. Reader Ryan will like that one!