A pair of new farmers’ markets have launched in the Bay Area. For starters there is the Island Earth Farmers Market in San Francisco’s Metreon. Some first-hand observations from hounds:
“It wasn’t much of a farmers’ market … Only a few produce booths. More of a gourmet food court, stuck in a cramped dark hallway shaped space,” says sugartoof, who didn’t see any must-haves, though “the Bavarian pretzels were excellent.”
Xiao Yang says that, while the term “farmers’ market” is something of a misnomer, the market is “an attractive mix of general produce, specialty produce and ethnic and specialty prepared foods.” Foodwise, Xiao Yang says there are “African foods, Mexican foods, gumbo, Argentine empanadas, ‘organic’ Asian dim sum, falafel, and Juicey Lucy’s smoothies.” There are also “Acme-like” breads from Panorama and German specialty breads from OctoberFeast.
Meanwhile, the Point Richmond Farmers’ Market will be setting up shop on Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. “The big hit seemed to be Sara’s Pies,” says rworange, who adds that Sara was sold out of apple, strawberry rhubarb, and other pies by 5:30 p.m. From the looks of the producers list on the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market Association website, there are about 12 farms, and another dozen specialty food vendors so far.
Island Earth Farmers Market [Financial District]
101 Fourth Street, San Francisco
Point Richmond Farmers’ Market [East Bay]
Park Place, Richmond
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