Saturday Morning at San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

August 27, 2011

The morning after my arrival in San Francisco was a glorious one. It was a Saturday, and so I found myself poised perfectly to experience the wonder that is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Right on the waterfront at the edge of the City, this Saturday morning market is buzzing, positively brimming with beautiful produce, delectable baked goods and, praise the lord, good coffee, Melbourne-style. I was one Happy Heidi.

Blue Bottle Coffee have a number of outlets around the Ferry Building. It was well worth the 30 minute queue – especially in hindsight, as it was the only good (by Melbourne standards) coffee I managed to get my eager hands on while in the USA.

Holding my smooth, caffeinated cup, I was ready to explore the market.

I strolled

I sampled

and I snapped away…

*pause for waffle appreciation*

I spoke to farmers about their produce…

(these blueberries were $4, for a large, plump, divine punnet!)

I sipped on honeydew and cucumber juice…

(supremely refreshing!)

and I shopped for sweets at Miette

I spent the rest of the morning soaking-up that California sunshine with a picnic on the pier – devouring juicy fruit, munching on authentic sourdough and journaling.

What a perfectly scrumptious introduction to a perfectly scrumptious City.


Heidi xo

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  • Heavenly Ingredients August 27, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Heidi, we missed you! This market looks so beautiful and fresh. And I love the interior of miette, so cute. Sorry to hear about more bad coffee experiences, such a shame.

  • msihua August 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Oh that looks divine! I wished I could sip on some honeydew and cucumber too! And Miette looks like an exact replica of La Belle Miette in Melbourne! I wonder if the Melbourne copied? Also, HOW CHEAP ARE THE BANANAS?!

  • Vee August 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Sooo beautiful!! Does Acme bread explode in your mouth with flavour? 😉

  • Michelle Chin August 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

    not fair! how can you be at san fran????? 🙁 i wish i went to san fran too

  • Hannah August 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful perfect day. San Francisco was one of my first stops during my solo travels at the start of my exchange year in 2007, and I did so love that marketplace! I remember standing and smelling all the cheeses, in heaven…

  • wikigirl August 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Yum!! I'm going to be in SF next Saturday and the one after, hopefully I can pop down to the markets. Miette looks so so yummy 🙂

  • ClaireyHewitt August 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I saw Bananas!! Can't wait til they are back to normal prices.

    We miss them.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    So glad to hear that you're having a ball overseas! And whenever I go to Canada I marvel at the prices of blueberries and how sweet they are! 😛

  • Iron Chef Shellie August 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Just gorgeous!! I love San Fran! <3

  • Heidi August 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Laura – oh how sweet! Lovely to be back blogging more regularly – I have so much to share!!

    Msihua – oh I know, be sure that I stocked up and certainly got my fix 😛

    Vee – hehe, actually I was slightly underwhelmed…BUT did have great bread at Tartine – will post soon 🙂

    Michelle – you'll have to go next time!

    Hannah – it's all so conveniently located for a foodie in one giant hall! 🙂

    wikigirl – oh yes do! they're supposed to have great cupcakes. I stuck with the caramels (I've had better), but it's truly a gorgeous store. Right opposite the good coffee too!

    Clairey – oh yes, my goodness, me too!! I had so many in the last days before flying home!

    Lorraine – I was really surprised by the beautiful, cheap produce!

    Michele – oh me too! I heart NYC more though, I must say 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah August 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Ooh so much fresh produce!! Those blueberries are so darn cheap, can't wait till they're in season here! 🙂 Bring on the warmer weather!
    Hannah xo

  • The InTolerant Chef August 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    What a gorgeous day! The berries look awesome, and the sweet shop looks so cute!

  • Yasmeen August 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Love love love absolutely love SF. Weather? Meh. But everything else makes up for it. Looks like you had an amazing time!

  • Lisa August 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I love finding fresh produce markets in places I'm visiting, it tells you so much about how people really eat and live in a place. Gorgeous photos, looks like an amazing trip.

  • Heidi August 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Hannah – here here!!

    InTolerant Chef – yay, it was 🙂

    Yasmeen – I did, thanks! Yes the weather is a lot cooler than I expected.

    Lisa – it was, I want to go back!

    Heidi xo

  • Blithely Unaware August 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    That market look SO much better than ours. Love, love, love the Blueberries and so cheap!!!!


  • Onesnap September 1, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I grew those same lemon cukes last year in my garden! 🙂 Got the seeds from 🙂

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook September 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Loved reading through your US posts! What a great (foodie) adventure. And these fresh food markets seem like an icing on the cake… Sans the sugar and cake 🙂