8 a.m. at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on a Saturday is a dream come true. I woke up in my hotel at 6:15 a.m., I was so excited. First stop was the Blue Bottle Coffee Company, for a decaf drip. Then onto Primavera for a Mexican-inspired breakfast. Thus fortified, I could now shop!
Because I was not coming straight home on Saturday after the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market, I did not want to buy any perishables or fresh vegetables (my usual M.O. is to head straight for Cowgirl Creamery and load up!). I was worried cheeses and such would spoil waiting in the car for me to finish my day with Foodbuzz. So, I concentrated on staple items and found three-new-to-me gems:
Della Fattoria bread
Tucked in between other market stalls, you might be inclined to skip this bread shop in favor of another, as it seems there are a few to chose from. But, I recommend stopping here, as the variety of bread and baked items is not to be rivaled. Available mostly in the North Bay, a few restaurants and shops in San Francisco, this is a treat that I cannot find in the South Bay. I walked away with a loaf of seeded wheat, which promises to be hearty and filling. Perfect accompaniment for soup later this week.
Massa Organics Roasted Almonds and Almond Butter
I knew about Massa Organics from the BlogHer Food conference in September, as I heard Greg Massa speak on a panel. He gave us bags of organic brown rice as we left the session. But I did not know that they also have raw and roasted almonds, as well as their own Organic Almond Butter. Ever since reading the post on Almond Butter on GoodLife Eats, which included a recipe for Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Almond Dipping Sauce, I have been eager to see what the fuss is all about. When I discovered that Massa carried Almond Butter, I snapped up a jar, along with a 1/2 pound of roasted almonds for the husband.
Rancho Gordo beans
From GrubReport‘s tweets, I knew about Rancho Gordo – it always seemed as though Stephanie was cooking up another batch of unique sounding heirloom beans. I knew they were at the Ferry Building, and a woman in line at Della Fattoria steered me the right direction (get to the Ferry Building by 8am, and everyone is mostly locals getting their weekly shopping in. After 9am, mostly tourists and visitors). I was so excited by my choices that I came home with 6 pounds, including Red Popcorn, Hominy, Christmas Limas and Vallertas.