If you have never visited the SanFrancisco Ferry Building, you are in for a real treat. It’s amazing enough on regular days, but when the farmers market is going on Saturday morning (8-2pm) it’s a most spectacular place. There are vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to pastured meat to sea salt & olive oil to freshly baked bread, gourmet cheese and freshly ground almond butter. Make sure that you arrive hungry, as there are so many options for an amazing breakfast, brunch or lunch. And the coffee..Oh my. Blue Bottle Cappuccino anyone? TO DIE FOR.
Some of my favorite vendors:
A famous coffee roaster named after Central Europe’s first coffee house established in 1683, Blue Bottle founder James Freeman promises, “I will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my customers, so they may enjoy coffee at it’s peak of flavor. I will only use the finest organic, and pesticide free, shade grown beans.”
There will ALWAYS be a line at this place, but it is very worth it. They use organic Clover Stornetta milk, which is awesome ( I do wish they would switch to Straus non-homogenized milk). There are usually about three stands scattered throughout the market as well, with shorter lines.
Cowgirl Creamery Artisan Cheese is a full-service, European style cheese shop. Sue Conley and Peggy Smith feature cheeses made at their two creameries in Point Reyes Station and Petaluma — made with organic milk from Straus Family Creamery and Chileno Valley Jersey Dairy. I think triple cream Brie might be my favorite cheese.
This cheese is AMAZING, it’s perfectly creamy and delectable. That’s all I can say. The Best. You must find it and consume it. My favorites are Red Hawk and Mt. Tam.
Excellent simplified Mexican food overlooking the bay with amazing guacamole and chips (my favorite food group). Brain child of famous chef Traci Des Jardins from Jardinière, the food is fresh and flavorful. Try the carnitas tacos or the chilaquiles on the weekend. 
For us meat eaters, this is paradise. With sustainably farmed and humanely raised animals as well as organic produce, you can feel better about yourself while consuming a burger smothered with caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, avocado and bacon. What? I like a loaded burger okay? Meatloaf sandwiches, meatballs, pulled pork, BBQ beef, tallow fries are some of the other gluttonous items you can find there.
I have yet to try everything at the ferry building yet, but those are some of my standouts. You can visit these restaurants every day of the week. If you are headed to the farmers market on Saturday, I would suggest getting there before 10:30 as it gets really packed.
Some of my favorite Farmers Market Vendors:
A sustainable & humane, pastured centered farm located in the beautiful Point Reyes hills. Those happy California cow commercials you see on TV is what Marin Sun Farms looks like.
They sell pastured beef, goat, lamb, turkey and pork products, pastured chickens and ducks, and chicken and duck eggs.
Take a farm tour to find out more.
There are really too many produce vendors to list, but I like Eatwell Farm, Green Gulch, Marin Roots Farm, Marshall’s Farm Natural Honey, Star Route Farms and Twin Girl’s Farm.

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