Simple Sundays | Scenes from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market


It’s the most wonderful time of the year. – That carol is playing in my head, but do not fear, I’m not going loony. I know we are nowhere near the Christmas holiday. But it may as well be for me. The markets are brimming with all the freshest fruits and vegetables I love – the sweetest stone fruits, the juiciest berries, and the greenest produce. I am in heaven this time of year. While we have our own quaint farmers markets on this side of the bay, we rose this Saturday morning to explore the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market with the children. It was one stunning day – a nice change of pace after this week’s chill. The sun decided to come out and sparkle.

I feel very fortunate that we have access to amazing markets and phenomenal local farms. The abundance and variety never ceases to amaze me. Even better, this farmers market is open all year round. Today, I came specifically to look for these wonderful people..they are the partner families behind CandyCots.


I will be sharing much more on these delicious gems in my next post, including a delicious tart I made as soon as I got home today. But for now, let’s stick with a little sneak peek. There is so much to see at the market, I thought you might enjoy a virtual wander with me.

We brunched, we strolled, we surveyed the goods before deciding with what to fill our bags. Just like kids in a candy store, it is tempting to buy everything in sight.




Can you tell I love okra? I do. Love them.



You know I did a happy dance when I saw these Turkey brown figs. They’re – as my kids would say – ginormous.

Breathe in. Can you smell the sweet lavender?



Too darling. I swear, I love the props they use at the market.


See what I mean? I wish that board was for sale.




I love seeing how the Ferry Building has changed since it first opened its doors to food purveyors years ago. How much it has grown! I remember pushing my daughter in her stroller through its empty halls when she was a baby.



We loaded up on these gorgeous blueberries before calling it a day. My children, who initially resisted changing from their pajamas to head out had, within a few hours, turned into happy food explorers. Each had their day’s favorites – my little guy continued to sneak from our supply of CandyCots, while my daughter, would exclaim her delight with each pluot she ate. Mmmm!

It was a delicious day, indeed.

Don’t forget, there is a giveaway underway for Ree’s Cooking Essentials! Hope you stop by for a chance to win two cookbooks from the Pioneer Woman, as well as some kitchen goodies and delicious Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt from Land O Lakes.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. If you’re visiting San Francisco, be sure to stop by and explore the wonderful market and the Ferry Building’s delicious offerings.

One Ferry Building
San Francisco, California 94111
(Corner of Market and Embarcadero)

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by Liren Baker on June 24, 2012

29 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Scenes from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market”

  1. md June 24, 2012 @ 6:40 am (#
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    Hi there,

    I am a big fan of your blog, i think you have used some great images of food and like the design style of ur blog also, it is very clean and it lets the images stand out from the background. I have just set up my first blog on eating good food, it is part of a college project, and i would appreciate any feedback u can give me, if you don’t mind.

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 9:55 am

      md, thank you so much for your kind words – that really means a lot to me, I am so very flattered! I will be running over to check out your blog, congrats on getting started!

  2. Brian June 24, 2012 @ 7:45 am (#
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    It’s been years since I’ve been to the Ferry Building (the Foodbuzz conference actually)… and I just fell in love with it. Thank you for sharing your trip. It’s as if I’m there with you.

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 9:56 am

      Brian, I think that means a visit back is in order :) Plus, the last time you visited, it was late autumn – you will love what you see at the Ferry Building farmers market if you visit this time of year!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 24, 2012 @ 8:04 am (#
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    I love the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market – you captured it perfectly here, Liren. Love the lavender and the CandyCots, and I’m a huge fan of Happy Girl Kitchen!

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 9:57 am

      Thank you, Laura! The CandyCots are amazing, and I will be sad once they are no longer in season. And the Happy Girl Kitchen display is just too charming – I could spend a day there!

  4. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 24, 2012 @ 8:54 am (#
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    Liren – you captured the essesence of the ferry building perfect! I try to go once a month on a Saturday and love all of the goodies!!! I am so happy to see figs coming – that means I will be makig Balsamic Fig Jam – if you want to join me in making some, let me know. BTW – love that your kids say “ginormous” – my nephews do too and hubby & I have caught on to the habit. Happy Sunday!!!

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 9:58 am

      LOL, glad to know I’m not the only one who has started using ginormous in conversation. Did I spell it right??

  5. angela@spinachtiger June 24, 2012 @ 9:09 am (#
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    I’m so jealous as I love that Ferry Plaza so much. Lovely pics.

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 9:58 am

      Aw, Angela :) That means you must come out and visit soon!

  6. Libbi June 24, 2012 @ 9:58 am (#
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    oh how i miss this. we moved from the bay to arizona last year and i can’t get over the non abundance of fresh amazingness. i mean, we still have farmer’s markets, but nowhere near the plentiful stalls of the bay area.

    and fresh fruit in summer does not exist. it’s all from out of state. :(

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:00 am

      Libbi, I can imagine that you do miss the farmers markets out here, but I will say that when I last visited Phoenix, I was really impressed with the farmers market there (I even blogged about it). It’s a different vibe altogether, but with its own Southwestern charm for sure.

  7. A Canadian Foodie June 24, 2012 @ 10:13 am (#
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    LOVE THIS market. My daughter lives in San Fran, too! So, been there – but never get enough of it. These are incredible photos. Bravo! Professional quality and it was a pleasure to look at all I am missing and feel I was not missing a thing because of your edifying photos.
    :)
    Valerie

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:01 am

      Thank you Valerie! Do you visit your daughter much out here? I’m so pleased that you loved the photos – fruits and veggies are just so photogenic and fun to photograph.

  8. Sandra's Easy Cooking June 24, 2012 @ 1:34 pm (#
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    Wow..just beautiful! What a great post full of beautifully captured moments! Love those figs and cherries!

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

      Thank you, Sandra! I am in heaven with the figs!

  9. Rikki June 25, 2012 @ 8:05 am (#
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    Everything is SO beautiful. I wish our farmers markets were this big. Wow!

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

      Rikki, you will have to visit – you would have a field day with your camera!

  10. Platanos, Mangoes and Me! June 25, 2012 @ 7:36 pm (#
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    I remember being there and have loads of pictures. That was when we met at the Foodbuzz reunion. My favorite is the lavender and lavender lemonade…

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

      I will never forget meeting you! That was one of my favorite moments of that Foodbuzz festival :)

  11. kankana June 26, 2012 @ 7:04 pm (#
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    Love visiting Ferry market and the farmer’s market outside. Love photos!

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:03 am

      Thanks Kankana! The Ferry building never gets old for me, ever :)

  12. LOVELY! I’d like to buy EVERYTHING! Don’t let me loose at the Ferry Plaza…it will be a terrible idea because I just KNOW that I will not be able to resist buying everything that comes in to my sight! Sigh…so beautiful there. And yes, I can smell the sweet Provence lavender!

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:04 am

      LOL, I absolutely know what you mean, Jen. It’s hard to resist all the tempting goodies!

  13. Sihi June 27, 2012 @ 2:40 pm (#
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    Awesome pics! Never been there, but your pics are making me want to visit there. What a lovely blog you have!
    Best,
    Sihi

    • liren replied: — June 30th, 2012 @ 10:05 am

      Sihi, thank you so, so much. I was pleased to visit your blog too – it’s always wonderful to meet fellow food lovers!

  14. Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers June 30, 2012 @ 4:33 pm (#
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    I think I would be needing a truck to come home with all those goodies! I am very dangerous in markets!

  15. Magic of Spice July 7, 2012 @ 4:36 pm (#
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    What a fantastic market…will have to put this on my “must visit” list :)

  16. Sascha Louise August 15, 2013 @ 4:13 pm (#
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    I love this market place, always a must to visit on a trip to San Fran :)

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