Favorites at the SF Ferry Bldg Farmer's Market?
- hhc Jun 6, 2007 01:56 PM
I read a bunch of bloggers and these are some items I want to try, more suggests please!
Chilaquiles $9.5 from Cocina Primavera
Millionaire's shortbreads from ClaireSqures
Panforte (plain-might be better & chocolate) from Della Fattoria
Mini cherry galette $4 from Downtown Bakery
Fagatelli, Taylor & Toponia, salami cotto, bacon, beef jerky, rabbit pate from Fatted Calf
Coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee
Strawberries from Swanton - tried, it's good.
Just to clarify, Claire's Square's product are called simply Claire's Squares. I belive that certain Blogger was referring to what she knows them as back home in England. Also Taylor and Toponia are the owners of the Fatted Calf.
Both are geat, I make sure to visit each one every time I'm there.
Della Fattoria's "Nutter Butters" or whatever they call them, with peanut butter cookies and peanut butter filling, are the most decadent, delicious treat I can think of. Most people have one and are done. The jam from June Taylor, especially the understated nectarine, is always great. I don't know what they're called, but the smoked fish at the far end of the market (across from the pasta stand and next to Primavera) is quite good, albeit extremely expensive. I've liked both the salmon and the smoked cod.
"The Mix" from White Crane - herbal mix that is used like letttuce ... worth the price ... you have to ask.
The Apple Farm - Apple balsamic vinegar
Andante - anything ... but if they have figaro ... cheese wrapped in fig leaves ... the best
Downtown Bakery - Como bread - dense yeasty bread that is especially wonderful in the summer as it holds up well to juicy tomtoes
June Taylor ... amazing cherry jam ... however, she has samples so you can please your own palate. What I never tried until recently was the syrups ... no samples, but fabulous.
Captn' Mikes does nice smoked fish ... I like when he has white smoked salmon
Langiers - keep an eye out for arapaho berries. They show up one week a year ... if the weather cooperates ... next best ... arapaho jam. They also have paw paws, but I have yet to try them.
When they have it, Hayes Street Grill's soft-shell crab sandwhich. The BLT is also nice, especially at the height of tomato season. They cruise the market at opening and buy the best tomatoes.
Those potato croquettes at DELICA rf1 are the best I've ever had. Make sure you get the ones that are warm. So delish with a perfect crisp outer coating of panko, and flavorful potato mixture.
Frog Hollow has some damn tasty peaches. This is the season, so it might be worth a visit.
And people rave about Boulettes Larder, but I've never been and don't quite know what in particular is good there.
...But those are all at the Ferry Bldg. and not necessarily the farmers market.
I've loved Miette's gingerbread cake in the past, but had a pretty bad experience with their cakes recently.
I bake a lot - or at least I did before this last quarter - and have always thought those cakes were absolutely gorgeous so when a friends birthday came up, I thought, heck why not? Bought the Princess cake (genoise sponge cake moistened with Chambord, a layer of homemade raspberry jam, pastry cream and lightly sweetened Straus Family Creamery whipped cream, covered w/ white chocolate fondant) and the Tomboy cake (chocolate cake layered with buttercream). While the Tomboy cake was fine, the dark chocolate cake rich and dense with a very light hand on the sugar (a definite plus), the Princess cake was just terrible. I don't know if the genoise had been sitting on the counter too long before they applied the chambord, but that cake was stale. More jam might have helped, but the texture of the cake and the cloying sweetness of the fondant overpowering any indication of white chocolate let alone raspberry just killed it. I guess that's what I get for being lazy.
For the farmer's market... Hamada's fruit, Andante's selection is incredible, and Blue bottle Blue bottle Blue bottle.
Can someone in the East Bay please start selling Blue Bottle by the cup???
Where to start?
-anything from Knoll
-Star Route mesclun and arugula
-baby carrots from the guy out front with the flowers next to Chue (can't remember his name)
--any fruit from Hamada that they have in season
--favas, baby artichokes and peas from Iacopi
--avocados (esp. Hass) from Will's avocados
--Juliette tomatoes from the tomato guy next to Will's avocados when they are in season
--Dirty Girl radishes
--anything from Andante
--Della Fattoria Meyer Lemon Rosemary Bread
--cucumbers from the cucumber lady near Ella Bella
--Ella Bella little gems and berries
--Triple Delight blueberries
--Stan DeVoto's apples when apples are in season
--anything from Fatted Calf
--porchetta from Roli Roti when he makes it
Knoll green garlic and salad greens
Fatted Calf crepinettes and beef jerky
Devot's apples when in season, especially Arkansas Black
Yerena's strawberries and Tayberries
Rancho Gordo beans
Happy Girl pickled carrots
Happy Quail med. cucumbers and padrons
plants from Dan at Flatland
Roses from Allstar and their cherry tomatoes when they are in season
Chilaquiles from Primavera
Gibraltor from Blue Bottle
In addition to many of the items already posted here, Shogun for fresh, wild, local king salmon. A cut or two above any I've ever had, due to the extreme freshness and immediate processing on board boat.
This is from inside the Ferry Building, but the burnt caramel sauce from Recchiutto is divine. They sell a duo of chocolate sauce plus the caramel, nicely packed for $15, a relative bargain by Ferry Building standards, and it makes a nice hostess gift.
Somehow Acme Bakery has been mentioned yet. Their pain epi and sourdough levain are both pretty damn great.
- Crab cake sandwich from Hayes Grill.
- New Orleans style iced coffee at Frog Hollow. This is so rich and basically a dessert, but I love it.
- Bread from Acme.
- Place right outside of sur la table has amazing white peaches.
Andante Dairy: best cheese in the country
Knoll Farms: seasonal vegetables, often exotic
Apple Farm: vinegar, cider, chutney, fresh apples in season
Fatted Calf: cold cuts, pork roast
Della Fattoria: levain-type bread
Downtown Bakery: pastries