Guest blogger Dharma E. Cortés contributes this write-up about her recent visit to the Ferry Plaza market. Dharma is as much a fanatic about markets as I am. Wherever she travels, she includes them in her itinerary. The only drawback is that she can’t always tote Frida Flor del Rosario, her rescued Puerto Rican mini-dachsund. But she does always pack a camera. The photos here are all hers.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is an exuberant year-round marketplace certified by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).
It is open three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Located on the Embarcadero by Market Street, it is easily accessible by MUNI, BART, Ferry Boat, and historic trolley cars.
The variety of products available to shoppers, and especially plentiful on Saturdays, includes edible and non-edible products to feed your body, mind and soul.
The sheer amount of fruits, vegetables, bread, baked goods (including without gluten), herbs, cheeses, meats, fish, and spices, as well as hot meals served indoors by local restaurants and outdoors by artisan street food vendors will put your body and mind to work.
You will have a hard time trying to decide which options not to buy and eat right there. Some of the ready-to-eat temptations are a Mexican breakfast, a Korean burrito, a vegan meal, or perhaps a strong cup of coffee from an indoor merchant topped off with a flaky croissant from one of the outdoor vendors.
The beauty of the offerings—flowers, gorgeous breads made with organic products, fragrant lavender salts, colorful potatoes, aromatic rose petal sugars, and earthy-looking quail eggs, and many others— will stimulate at least four of your five senses.
Then, if on your way out, you stop by the guy offering poetry for sale and ask him for a poem, he will gladly tickle the fifth.
He taps out an original poem on an old-fashioned typewriter in exchange for a tip. Food for the soul.