The Ferry Building is open every day of the week, but Saturdays are the most fun to visit thanks to the expansive, weekly farmers’ market (a smaller version happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Come here for stalls full of fresh produce, locally made cheeses, meat, fish, and plenty of ready-made food. Roli Roti almost always has the the longest line—and for good reason. Its porchetta sandwiches are crispy, decadent perfection. But be sure to save room for all the delightful eateries inside the building too: Hog Island Oyster Company, Fort Point Beer, Dandelion Chocolate, Humphrey Slocombe ice cream, and Reem’s Arab bakery are several highlights.

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Inside San Francisco's Best Farmer's Market

From the delicious blueberry tartlet bursting with ripe fruit from Frog Hollow Farms to the cheesy masterpieces from Cow Girl Creamery, San Francisco‘s Ferry Building has many gourmet treasures. You’ll find many local specialties, like BeeKind, which sells over 80 varieties of local honey. The Farmer’s Market, which I consider to be the best of local markets, takes place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and attracts more than 25,000 visitors each week.

Farmers Market at the Ferry Building

San Francisco has a pretty impressive farmers’-market-to-residents ratio, but of all of these, the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market is probably the most elegant. It’s held three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to roughly 1 p.m. Under its awnings, many of them proudly labeled “organic,” California’s bounty is yours for the taking (and sampling). The market hugs almost the entire Ferry Building and on the bay side, the feast continues with coffee stands, bakeries, restaurants and food trucks. Pilgrims in search of produce travel from all over the area to spend a morning here on the Embarcadero. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for on the fresh tables, well, inside the Ferry Building is a world of good taste waiting to be discovered.

San Francisco's Ferry Building Farmers Market

Come to the iconic Ferry Building Farmers Market every Saturday to try produce from farms in and around San Francisco and some of the city’s most delicious prepared foods. I like coming for breakfast before the crowds arrive and gathering a week’s worth of vegetables and baked goods. Market days are Tuesdays (10am-2pm), Thursday (10am-2pm), and Saturday (8am-2pm). Check out their website for more information.

Saturday Farmers Market

Our favorite things to do in San Francisco on Saturday mornings, hands down. Blue bottle coffee, sampling fresh fruit, soft scramble breakfast, and cow girl cheese is just the perfect start to the day. Come hungry and with an explore’s heart. People watching is just as flavorful as the fresh produce throughout the market. To truly get a taste of San Francisco this is the spot.

Shopping at the Saturday farmers market

This is a busy market, but you can avoid the hustle and bustle by getting there early... before 10am. Buy fresh local organic produce direct from the farmers and makers. Prepared food stands offer up delicious eats from ceviche to potatoes cooked under roast chicken with rosemary salt sprinkled on top. Pick up a loaf of fresh bread, cheese, tomatoes, a basket of strawberries and drinks for a market picnic beside the bay.

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