Whole animal butchery is all the rage these days, and Ryan Farr is at the head of the movement. We happily report that not only does Farr show some serious skills as a butcher, but also as a cook. The classic fast food-style cheeseburger he offers up at his 4505 Meats stand at the Ferry Building Farmers Market is a definite winner.
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What's on the menu at Cap'n Mike's? Lox sandwiches, soups, salads and a very special tea from the Hopi Indians. They make their own cream cheese, use Acme organic sourdough, and almost all the produce comes from market farmers. Mike ("The Cap'n") was a Methodist minister before getting into the smoked fish biz.
There are so many reasons that I feel lucky to live in the Bay Area. This week, one of those reasons was that we still have well over a month to buy fresh, local tomatoes. This week I took advantage of that at Ferry Plaza. Check out snapshots from the market, including grapes, zucchini, fresh ramen, Dragon Tongue beans, and more.
We've had a very strange northern California spring, and it's wreaked havoc on some crops. A farmer who usually has fava beans for two months only offered them for a few weeks—a severe heat wave in March ruined many of the plants. And lately, we've had quite cold and rainy weather, which has made the cherry season impossible to predict. But there was plenty of produce to behold over the weekend at Ferry Plaza—cherries, apricots, shelling peas, hothouse tomatoes, and more.
Listed as one of Ed's 22 Sandwiches That Will Change Your Life, the scrambled eggs and bacon sandwich ($6.50) at San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Market on Saturdays is indeed an excellent breakfast.
Bay Area markets continue to be full of abundance this month. We're pretty lucky in California. While the market changes significantly throughout the seasons, we are not wanting for fruits, vegetables, or meats. This week, I'll be eating lots of radishes, mushrooms, persimmons and pomegranates. (My fingers will be stained red after all those fresh pomegranates.)
Saturday morning, I attended the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to pick up a few things: Roli Roti porchetta for lunch, avocados from Will Brokaw, and bunches of basil from Dirty Girl Produce. I thought I had missed my window to make pesto, but Dirty Girl's basil was still gorgeous—I brought many bunches home to make and freeze pesto for the year.
It's a bit of a surreal experience to be a regular market shopper at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market in San Francisco. The market is a tourist and foodie destination in addition to a weekly routine for many San Francisco shoppers. Saturday, when I was trying to shop for my weekly haul, Food Network personality Aida Mollenkamp was walking through the market with a camera crew, tourists were snapping photos, and celebrity chefs shopped right next to me. I imagine it's something like going to church regularly at the Vatican, among all the sightseers. This time of year, I have to be careful to not overbuy at the market. There are so many wonderful things in season.
This weekend, San Francisco welcomed a new farmers' market: the Fort Mason Center Farmers' Market. The market is right near the water, and the setting is picturesque with plenty of room for this roughly 40 vendors. Greens Restaurant, a famous San Francisco restaurant that has been leading the vegetarian scene for 31 years, is located at Fort Mason and chef Annie Somerville was on hand at the farmers' market handing out samples and chatting with customers. It was a two-market weekend for me. I did a majority of my shopping at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Saturday, then checked out the Fort Mason Market on Sunday. Check out photos of the cherries, apricots, and more scenes from the market.
With the farmers' markets picking up again, it's time to return to our weekly Market Scene series. Each Monday, one of our various correspondents will check in with what's fresh at farmstands, what's coming up, and what you better get while the gettin's good. This week, we hear from San Francisco correspondent Jennifer Maiser who reports on fava beans, rhubarb, asparagus, and more at the Ferry Plaza farmers' market.
Farmer's markets all over the place--at the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, in the Twin Cities, at the Greenmarket in New York City, and at Borough Market in London--are suffering from wintertime blues. Yeah, January's not the best time to be a locavore! But at the Ethicurean, Spanky Horowitz manages to have himself a good time at the market in Montreal anyway....