Island Earth Farmers' Market (Metreon), SF - w/ pics
I went to check out Island Earth Farmers' Market at the Metreon (4th & Mission) on Tues 8/4/09 around 5pm. It's daily M-Sat 10:30a-8p & Sun 10:30a-7p.
In the old Sony store they have mostly prepared foods:
Tara's Organic Ice Cream - they have a store in Berkeley too. Even smaller cup $2; Small $3; Medium $5; Pint $9; cone $2.75; $3.75; $5.75. Toppings .75c
Amber India - some prepared foods
Vietnamese sandwiches $5 I think it was
Boba bar - $4 milk tea; blossom tea; flavored tea; specialty flavored tea $4.5
Pasta Primera & Pizza Amore
Shi-Sharka - stuff for $2.5-$6. Lunch special: 1/2 sandwich & soup & rice or salad for $5
Phat Matt's BBQ - FREE samples of everything on menu. $1-$22. Brisket or pulled pork sandwich w/ chips & soda $9
Soleil's African Kitchen- fish in coconut sauce rice & fried plantains $7; chicken in peanut sauce rice & plantains $7, etc.
El Porteno Empanadas. Corn $3; Cheddar & Onion $3; beef; chicken; Prosciutto & cheese all $3; banana y dulce de leche $1.5
Juicey Lucy - made to order juices
Kingdom Cake - $2 for a mini cupcake, several flavors
All Star Tamales - didn't check prices
Then walk across the walkway of the Metreon to the Fruit & Veggie area.
Mushrooms in a jar: 1 for $4 or 2 for $7
Organic strawberries $3 basket or 2 for $5; raspberries too
Plums basket $3; bowl $5
dried fruit $6 plastic tub; flavored almonds $5
Noyo Reserve mustards - tons of flavors like Fiery hot mustard;
crunchy cranberry dijon; cognac & pepper mustard
Honey: Ca. sage; Marin wildflower
Vn'V Momo: (Nepalese) $5 for 6pcs: veggie, chicken, beef, pork. Guy said he'd have curry rice plate w/ veggie the day after my visit. Not sure if he's still doing it.
Worth checking out since the prices aren't bad & it's convenient to Bart.
Island Earth Farmers Market
101 4th Street, San Francisco, CA
I tried the wot (spicy chicken) from the African place. It was too salty and very oily -- and I have high tolerance for both; not spicy and quite stingy with the chicken.
Momos, however, were delicious. I had chicken momos, which were meaty and moist, with delicate texture.
No curry rice at Vn'V yet.
Your list was missing one new vendor that is located in a corner opposite from Vn'V. It's El Peruanito Cevicheria - they sell ceviche ($6) and a couple of lukewarm entrees (Peruvian food). He provides free samples. The Tilapia ceviche is awesome!!
The 2nd ceviche was a seafood mix, it was good too. I ordered a plate of the Carapulcra served with criolla onions and rice ($6), that's an Andean ("from the Andes mountains" of Peru) dish made from freeze dried potatoes (ancient way of preserving potatoes at high altitudes) and pork meat. It was good, but not the best I ever had, lean pork meat was a little dry. Not surprised, since the food is kept in trays inside a warmer. Also available was breaded & fried shrimps & clams ($6), blackened salmon served with criolla onions and rice ($8), and a tomato bisque soup. You definitely have to try the ceviche. It's delicious!
He said he's there every day, Mon-Sat 10:30am-8pm & Sun 10:30am-7pm.
I really hope that he can keep up the quality, could be difficult with those very long hours.