A couple months ago, we stopped at Swanton Berry Farms and had the most wonderful strawberry shortcake from their u-serve stand. It was all made at the farm, wonderful shortcake, fresh strawberries, and a whipped cream topping to die for. To me, the beauty of this treat is that none of it is overly sweetened -- most of the sweetness depends on the organic strawberries, and everything else acts as a foil for that flavor.
Ever since, I have asked the Swanton Berry Farms booth at the Ferry Bldg Farmer's Market if they would ever consider bringing some strawberry shortcakes up and selling them at the booth. The answer was always no, until last week when they said that they would sell them at the SUNDAY Ferry Bldg Garden Market.
I fought the marathon crowds this morning, and took a quick trip down to the Ferry Bldg to see if they would be there. Sure enough, a pile of strawberry shortcakes, and some chocolate covered strawberries.
The woman in the booth said she wasn't sure if their booth at the Sunday Market would be a normal thing, but if you are in the neighborhood I would highly suggest you stop by to see if they are available. These would definitely be on my "Top" list in the Bay Area.
I brought home two shortcakes ($4 each). They both fill the entire container like the one shown below. They were excellent. Definitely not that sublimeness that you get from eating them at the place where they were made, but still completely worth it.
Note: The Sunday "Garden" market has a couple of non-plant booths -- Prather Ranch was outside, as well as a fruit vendor, and a quesadilla maker (Actually it was the crepe booth making quesadillas with crepe type fillings. A little strange, if you ask me). There are beginning to be enough inside booths open, though, for me to just run down there even on a non-market day to pick up a couple goodies.
Picture below is of Jason from the Swanton Berry trip. It would have included some of the strawberry shortcake, but he took advantage of the fact that I was taking pictures to down the rest of the shortcake. I think I got about a bite and a half that day ...