My first full day in SF I woke early and rushed out the door without showering so I could get to the Fort Mason Farmers’ Market before it closed at 1:30. Obviously my idea of early is probably different for most other peoples, even in New York it is best to get to the market early, the reality is that often it late in the afternoon before I actually do. Here in SF, you are not given the option the markets all seem to be morning only deals.
All I can say is I am so glad I went. The quality of food and the diversity of microclimates gives you everything from Olives to Peaches, all locally grown and overwhelmingly organic. The Fort Mason market is a favorite among local, everyone I spoke with said it was there favorite of all the markets. It certainly is mine and the pictures below will show you why.
Here is the market from a good vantage point in Fort Mason Park:
My first stop at the market: The Local Roast for a nice big cup of Sumatra Dark Roast.
The diversity of high bred stone fruit was mind boggling: Apriums, Plumcots, Pluots and Peaches white and golden! And of course one farmer listed the specific name of each fruit so Flavorella Plumcots.
Take into account that back in NYC we are still early in the season, we have Strawberries and Rhubarb, here the bounty is so great it’s well, almost obscene! For people who like to cook the diversity and quality of produce here can’t be beat, it would be the number one reason to move here, God knows one doesn’t move here for the weather!
This was my brunch, in addition to all the produce there are also several tasty food trucks, this one called Roli Roti – they had a truck set up just to rotisserie massive amounts of chicken which they serve with roasted potatoes. Damn fine.