Fort Mason Farmers’ Market

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. 

 Berries, cherries and let’s not forget the citrus!

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!

Ok so this goes on and on I took about 225 pictures, don’t worry I’ve edited them (a lot)  but I just want to show you a few more things to demonstrate the diversity available at this market:

This farmer had a large stand with this wonderful tasting bar, they also had three different kinds of Salsa to sample as well.

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.

And if that isn’t enough there in the distance is the Golden Gate bridge and the marina.  Spectacular. And I got really lucky, it was sunny!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to Fort Mason Farmers’ Market

  1. Pat says:

    Next time try Greens-to-Go or Greens Restaurant, also at Fort Mason Center

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