Ok, I broke down and went to the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market early Saturday. I wanted the ingrediants for a Chicken, marscapone and fresh fig sandwich.
Made a nice one with a roll from Bay Breads (no they are not at the market, but the bread lines, so to speak. were too much of a hassle at Ferry Plaza). Slathered the roll with Marscapone from Cowgirl creamery, put a layer of Sciabica figs (the best and cheapest in the market), covered with slices of Rosti chicken breast and topped with "The Mix" from White Crane Farms. Wonderful ... almost worth the trip to the market ... almost.
Anyway. touching bases with some of the vendors, it seems there is talk of a Presidio Farmers market. THe problem is that it is government land. But wouldn't that be great. There's ton's of parking which would probably be FREE
I just found the whole Ferry Plaza Experiance too much. I spent a two hours there and still didn't hit all the vendors.
I DID like the fact that the Market Bar is open at 8 am and you can drink that early in the morning. It got me through the ordeal.
June Taylor's cherry and almond jam is still excellent, but there's no kirsh in it this year which makes a difference. It was outstanding with the kirsh.
Small potatoes was experimenting with garlic last year and I got quite a few free samples in exchange for comments on how I liked the different varieties. This year he is selling about 8 - 10 different varieties each week. It is all very nicely labelled so you can tell one type of garlic from another. The SF Chronicle did an article recently about Heirloom garlic and local growers including small potatoes. Link is below.
While the grilled peaches wrapped in bacon at Frog Hollow were delicious, the $7 charge for two peach halves was a bit steep, I'd say.
Langier didn't have Arapaho berries this year.
Fortunately many of the vendors that were exclusive to Ferry Plaza also sell elsewhere now. I heard quite a few vendors say they had plans to pull out of the Tuesday market, but don't know why.