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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.

  1. k
    Kristine Jun 6, 2007 02:19 PM

    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.

    1. LikeFrogButOOOH Jun 6, 2007 02:25 PM

      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.

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      1. re: LikeFrogButOOOH
        Pistou Jun 7, 2007 08:23 AM

        The fish is Cap'n Mike's, and I agree it's extraordinary.

      2. rworange Jun 6, 2007 02:46 PM

        "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.

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        1. re: rworange
          snacktime Jun 29, 2007 02:14 PM

          I was there last Saturday (6/23) and Hayes Street Grill had the crab 'wich on the menu.

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          VirgoBlue Jun 6, 2007 03:19 PM

          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.

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          1. re: VirgoBlue
            rworange Jun 6, 2007 03:52 PM

            Ya know, I've never been crazy about the peaches at Frog Hollow ... but, the Warren Pears in the fall are mind-blowing good. Frog Hollow has samples, so you can decide for yourself.

            Boulette's best day is not Saturday when the market is swamped.

            1. re: rworange
              VirgoBlue Jun 6, 2007 04:47 PM

              What would you recommend at Boulette's for the weekend visitor? (Can't get to the city on weekdays.)

              And are Miette's cupcakes all that?

              1. re: VirgoBlue
                rworange Jun 6, 2007 05:20 PM

                Don't know abou\t Miette's cupcakes. They are on my 'to try' list .. also the chocolate tarts. I have been really, really disapointed by Miette, but based on some board recs, I'd give those two items a try.

                On Sunday, the pricy beignets at Boulette's are good.

                1. re: rworange
                  adrienne156 Jun 6, 2007 07:16 PM

                  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???

                  1. re: adrienne156
                    rworange Jun 7, 2007 07:48 AM

                    Lots of places. Some I can think of ... Gorilla Cafe Sketch, Bittersweet, Saturday Berkeley farmers marker where Blue Bottle started.

                    1. re: rworange
                      Morton the Mousse Jun 7, 2007 09:14 AM

                      Also Blue Bottle in the EB at Tacubaya all day and Pizzaiolo for breakfast.

                      1. re: rworange
                        adrienne156 Jun 7, 2007 11:16 AM

                        I'm hoping for some place on Solano to start which is more in my neck of the woods. Thanks for the recs, but I don't think I could stomach getting on the freeway without coffee already in my system. :o)

                        Where is Gorilla Cafe btw? I couldn't find it on google...

                        1. re: adrienne156
                          Morton the Mousse Jun 7, 2007 11:20 AM

                          Guerilla Cafe is on Shattuck, just south of Cedar.

                          I don't believe BB is served on Solano.

                          If you're using the University freeway entrance, Tacubaya is a pretty convenient location, and they're open for breakfast.

                          1. re: Morton the Mousse
                            adrienne156 Jun 7, 2007 11:51 AM

                            Oh, wrong spelling. Thanks you guys!!!

                            1. re: wolverine61
                              adrienne156 Jun 7, 2007 02:08 PM

                              Lol! Haven't been lately. Unfortunately my imbibing has been limited to coffee due to studying - hence my search for Blue Bottle.

                              1. re: adrienne156
                                adrienne156 Jun 12, 2007 01:21 PM

                                Thank you Morton and RW for the Guerilla Cafe rec. It is officially my new favorite haunt and I'm sitting here drinking Blue Bottle as we speak.

                                1. re: adrienne156
                                  rworange Jun 12, 2007 01:45 PM

                                  Glad you like it. Has anyone tried dinner there yet?

                      2. re: adrienne156
                        JasmineG Jun 7, 2007 11:29 AM

                        In addition to the places already mentioned, you can get Blue Bottle by the cup at the Temescal Farmers Market on Sunday mornings.

                        1. re: adrienne156
                          LikeFrogButOOOH Jun 7, 2007 09:19 PM

                          I agree that those Miette macaroons are absolutely delicious. Pistachio is my favorite of the ones I've tried, though now I feel the need to try the rose geranium. Really, really good stuff, and, if I remember correctly, much better than those at Bouchon Bakery.

                        2. re: rworange
                          VirgoBlue Jun 7, 2007 10:41 AM

                          Hmmm, good to keep in mind. I've always thought Miette was a bit style over substance, but didn't know what their cupcakes were like.

                        3. re: VirgoBlue
                          Pistou Jun 7, 2007 08:26 AM

                          I don't care much for Miette's cupcakes, but the macarons are the best I've had outside of Paris. I'm particularly partial to the rose geranium, but they are all delicious.

                          1. re: VirgoBlue
                            JasmineG Jun 7, 2007 11:28 AM

                            Miette's cupcakes are a waste of money and calories. Their mini scones are good, though.

                            1. re: JasmineG
                              Atomica Jun 8, 2007 02:21 PM

                              This subject has been discussed to death, but I will state once again that I really like the chocolate cupcake at Miette. I'm not big into ginger cake, gingerbread, etc., but I still think the ginger cupcake is all right.

                        4. re: VirgoBlue
                          Atomica Jun 6, 2007 07:36 PM

                          I love the wasabi potato salad at Delica as well.

                          1. re: VirgoBlue
                            tobze Jun 6, 2007 11:15 PM

                            The croquettes (and katsu) at DELICA rf1 are better than some of the ones I've had in Japan. I always feel a little touristy going there, but dammit, they're yummy. Along with their veggies (seems seasonal, usually asparagus or green beans) and sesame-miso dressing.

                          2. farmersdaughter Jun 6, 2007 03:55 PM

                            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

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                            1. re: farmersdaughter
                              ham and eggs Jun 6, 2007 04:22 PM

                              Knoll green garlic and salad greens
                              Fatted Calf crepinettes and beef jerky
                              Devot's apples when in season, especially Arkansas Black
                              Hamada cherries
                              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

                            2. j
                              Joan Kureczka Jun 6, 2007 06:14 PM

                              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.

                              1. hhc Jun 7, 2007 06:26 PM

                                Just want to have my future shopping list all together:
                                Meyer lemon marmalade from Frog Hollow Farm

                                original thread:

                                Tomato ketchup from June Taylor ($14)-mentioned by Morton & a blogger

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                                1. re: hhc
                                  wally Jun 7, 2007 06:38 PM

                                  It is excellent. I don't really like marmalade but this is fantastic.

                                  1. re: hhc
                                    rworange Jun 7, 2007 07:02 PM

                                    I thought the catsup was good, but I wouldn't get it again. If you have juvenile catsup loyalty to Heinz the JT is on the sweet rather than the savory/salty side. I liked it on food I don't usually put catsup on but not with stuff where I want classic catsup like hot dogs.

                                  2. cafecreme Jun 7, 2007 07:39 PM

                                    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.

                                    1. grishnackh Jun 8, 2007 08:28 AM

                                      Somehow Acme Bakery has been mentioned yet. Their pain epi and sourdough levain are both pretty damn great.

                                      1. r
                                        ryland Jun 8, 2007 01:56 PM

                                        My favs:

                                        - 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.

                                        1. Robert Lauriston Jun 29, 2007 02:10 PM

                                          Andante Dairy: best cheese in the country
                                          Knoll Farms: seasonal vegetables, often exotic
                                          Tierra: chiles
                                          Apple Farm: vinegar, cider, chutney, fresh apples in season
                                          Fatted Calf: cold cuts, pork roast
                                          Della Fattoria: levain-type bread
                                          Downtown Bakery: pastries

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