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Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building [San Francisco]

I'm planning to visit SF in a couple of weeks, and head over the to Farmers Market at the Ferry Building because I've never been. I'm planning to eat breakfast/brunch and pick up food for dinner later (either ingredients or pre-prepared). I didn't see any recent threads dedicated to the Ferry Building Farmers Market. What are the favorite places to eat/shop?

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  1. Outside (Saturday only), cheese from Andante Dairy, bread from Della Fattoria, pastries from Downtown Bakery, pork tamales from Primavera. Vegetables, just shop around, but don't miss Tierra Vegetables or Knoll Farms.

    Inside (open daily), Boccalone for charcuterie, Cowgirl for cheese, Acme for bread.

    1. Roast chicken or porchetta from Roli Roti (usually on the right side, outside Sur La Table. Follow your nose (and the line). (This would be my to-go dish, along with their roasted potatoes.)

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      1. re: waldrons

        Is the deep-fried asparagus stand still at the Sat market? Or are you past the season now in SF?

        1. re: grayelf

          I don't know about that stand, but asparagus season has far from peaked yet.

      2. a quick snack at Craftsman and Wolves is the savory muffin with the soft boiled egg in the middle.

        You can also, if it's cold, go to the ramen stand and get a side of the broth and sip it. Amazing if you're a bit dehydrated.

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        1. re: cyntaur

          It is possible that that will be the case... this is a girls' weekend away from the kids, and we are planning on going out for dinner and drinks Friday night. I would not be surprised if I were dehydrated Saturday morning. :) Thanks for the tip!

          1. re: yyc_mom

            Note that if this is referring to Hapa Ramen, it is not at the market on Saturdays.

        2. Hog Island Oysters (the main place is still closed for remodeling, I think, but they have a stand at the Saturday market). I believe they'll shuck them if you want to eat them there.

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            1. re: TVHilton

              Other than the line, you can't beat Hog Island with a stick. And their clam chowder is very good, too. Not thick and gloppy like all to many chowders. Hot, milky and redolent with clams and a hint of bacon.

              1. re: Mike C. Miller

                Hog Island's claim chowder is great, more like oyster stew than any other clam chowder I've had.

                1. re: Mike C. Miller

                  Going to Hog Island on a Saturday is sheer stupidity. The place is open seven days a week. On a Saturday, you will find yourself standing in line for a long time with the B&T crowd and tourists only to sit down on no-loiter chairs having oysters that are good, but not necessarily better than what you can find at many other places. Haven't been since the remodel, but before, the beer selection was like half a dozen. The location and views are nice, but you will be paying Ferry Building prices. Might as well walk over to Waterbar a few blocks away and have equally good oysters with equally good views sitting on comfortable chairs in a place with a full bar and decent beer selection.

                  And the chowder at Bar Crudo beats the living crap out of Hog Island's.

                  Friends don't let friends go to Hog Island on a Saturday.

                  1. re: nocharge

                    Maybe if you're a hopeless sluggard, and don't get there until the day is mostly over (like 10 am or later). But I've gone there on Saturdays at 8:00 am (to buy oysters in bulk for picnics) and never had to wait.

                    ETA: to be clear, I'm talking about the stand, not the indoor place.

                    1. re: TVHilton

                      I was referring to the indoor place, not the stand.

                    2. re: nocharge

                      "Friends don't let friends go to Hog Island on a Saturday"
                      Thanks, nocharge, I needed a good laugh today.

                2. Delica, the Japanese takeout, offers many unusual, interesting options. I esp like their roast beef sushi, salmon rice balls, hijiki salad, and, of course, fried things.

                  1. Eating - I don't like sweet things in the morning, and also not spicy food that early. If I liked spicy, I'd eat at Primavera all the time - and if you don't eat a lot of Mexican food, I'd put it high on your list.

                    Della Fattoria has delicious savory turnovers with things like leeks and cheese in them, that I can handle even when hung over. And a coffee from Sightglass or Blue Bottle is a must. I like to stop by the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant for a glass of sparkling wine as well. You can bring food with you - either your breakfast food, or get a loaf of bread from Acme, cheese from Cowgirl or Andante and salumi from Boccalone.

                    Purveyors -- Iacopi for shelling peas, favas and artichokes, Little potatoes for potatoes, Star Route for greens, Dirty Girl and Knoll for anything they have.

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                    1. re: farmersdaughter

                      farmersd, I somehow missed that Sightglass is at the FM. Are they only there Saturdays, do you know?

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Yes, grayelf, only on Saturdays and they're in back almost at the end of the area where Downtown Bakery is located.