LF Guide to Alemany Farmers Market
Location: 100 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110 map
Days/Times: Sat 6am-5pm
Year round/Seasonal: Year round, rain or shine
For months, I have been working on a post that chronicles my excellent adventures at the Alemany Farmers Market. Fed up with the high prices at Ferry Plaza, I set out a year ago to discover the hidden gems at the less-hyped Alemany. I have been pleasantly surprised. With 56 years in operation, Alemany is the oldest farmers market in the city. Every Saturday, year-round and regardless of weather, the Market draws
over a hundred farmers and producers from Sonoma County to the San
Joaquin Valley, many of which who sell inexpensive, quality produce. There is a wonderful diversity of farmers and product.
Here are some highlights:
- Cheapest organic peaches ($1/lb.), pluots and plums in town—Ferrari Farms
- Quail and duck eggs at Haney Egg Ranch
- Heirloom citrus varieties at DeSantis: mandarinquats, meyer lemons, kaffir limes, rangpure limes, Buddha's Hand, Tarocco Sicilian blood oranges, Seville oranges, bergamot. Try the Colomondini oranges in drinks. Many of the city's fancy bars buy them here.
- Bariani, my favorite olive oil
- Exotics like rambutan (winter) and Thai coconuts untreated with fungicides at Family Farm Fruit
- "Ugly" (and reasonably priced) shiitake mushrooms from Far West Fungi
- Peppers, tomatoes and melons from Al
- Cardoons and mustard greens from Molinari
- Jersey butter from Springhill Cheese
- Unpasteurized pomegranate juice and Lisbon lemons from Twin Girl Farms
- Dry farmed Early Girl tomatoes from Two Dog Farm
- Medjool dates from Palm Springs Desert Gold
- Free-range Rhode Island Red and Araucana eggs from Phan Organic Farms for $4 per dozen. And carrots.
- Mizuna, baby chard, mixed greens, wild arugula (just like what I ate in Rome when I lived there) and strawberries from Miramonte Farms, AKA Two Crazy Ladies. Love these ladies!
- Sage honey and propolis from Jan Snyder.
Oh, and don't miss Jackie Jones. She performs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon on the prepared food side near the mexican food trucks. This charming one-woman-band plays swing and novelty music on a homemade guitar and musical saws, while simultaneously acting as puppeteer for a tap-dancing cat. Adorable—kids love her and so do adults. (She'd be great at a birthday party, 415-648-0117.)
Have fun with this and let's compare notes! Report back on your experiences and make suggestions for additions/deletions to the guide.