I just returned from the Serramonte Farmers Market (Thursdays from 9am-1pm). It has two rows of vendors, with vendors on both sides. It is the right size to get everything without feeling like you've been wandering in a football field. The market is behind the Serramonte shopping center and parking is a breeze. Prices are in between those at the Alemany and Ferry Plaza markets. The market is busy without feeling like NYC density levels.
A fellow hound mentioned a terrific bakery at this market that currently sells through farmers markets and supplies several restaurants. Its name is Crepe & Brioche Bakery. I bought a fig loaf, an asiago pugliese, and an individual brioche. The brioche seemed a little light - could benefit from more butter. The fig bread was a nice variation. The asiago pugliese, however, was a standout. Tender and flavorful, not ashamed to assert its cheesiness. The bakery's phone number is 415 822 2287.
The other houndworthy finding at this market is white sweet corn. One vendor sells only white sweet corn. He sells out by noon. At 3 for $1, he's not cheap, but we're not talking about break your bank amounts. There were only 2 corn vendors and the other vendor's corn looked slightly dried out. I've grown sweet corn myself, and this white corn is as good as it gets.
Lastly, I noted that a number of vendors had lovely okra. Firm, fresh, and vibrant. Usually $2/pound. A tip for making every hound an okra lover: After you wash the okra, dry it well. Then stir fry it without any water. Water will make okra slimy, and the sliminess is a major turn off to most of the US.
Thank you Nancy Berry for pointing out this market, and to the other hound that spotted the Crepe & Brioche Bakery.
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