A little over a month ago, I took my first trip to San Francisco. I can't believe it took me so long. One of my traveling traditions is to visit the local farmers' market. To me, the farmers' market is the life of a city I want to see. Shoppers drooling over locally produced goods, enjoying the morning and what the community can provide. There isn’t a better way to start a day. Case in point, refer to the picture below, which was my delicious breakfast.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market was a lifelike garden in the middle of winter bleakness, or the black sludge that is currently lining the streets.
Beets. Carrots. Bread. Pastries. Food Euphoria. I tasted, sampled, slurped, and nibbled my way around, yearning for something like this year round in my town. It was difficult not to pack a suitcase full of loot, but with current baggage restrictions and costs, I limited myself to only a few. These items caught my affection right away.
- Pear Raspberry Champagne Vinegar by Hare Hollow: A mixture of sweet and tart. Makes a great salad dressing.
- Rosemary Salt by Allstar Organics: The sellers suggested using it to flavor meat. I think it would also be great on homemade potato wedges.
- Rancho Gordo Beans: I didn’t taste any prepared beans, but first read about this company on the blog 101Cookbooks. They grow a variety of heirloom beans. The website features some tasty looking recipes.
- Vanilla Bean Toffee Almond Dessert Bar by Ginger Elizabeth: This chocolate bar was found at Fog City News, just a couple of blocks from the Ferry Building. Dark chocolate with crispy toffee almond cures the midafternoon sweet tooth.