My friend Liz wrote this review of the Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market for our blog. Liz and her husband, Mark Farrell love our beautiful city by the bay so much that he is running for Supervisor of District 2. I love her because she has tried a bunch our recipes and reported back that her kids enjoyed them!
We’ll have to try Liz’s idea of a “treasure hunt” when we are next at a farmer’s market.
Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market by Liz Farrell
If you are looking for a great way to spend a few hours on a Sunday morning, there is no better place for a family adventure than the farmers’ market. In only its second week back in the Marina, the Fort Mason Center farmers’ market is already a hot neighborhood spot.
The market has 40 certified farmers offering all kinds of seasonal, locally grown goodies. Some of our favorites are the amazing cherries from Brentwood and the strawberries from Watsonville. Greens Restaurant, which is located in the Fort Mason Center is also featured every week selling coffee, pastries and of course their signature vegetarian salads.
The farmers’ market is a great place for families because it becomes a real hands on learning adventure. Most of the vendors offer free samples and love when young children (or even adults) take an interest in their crop. We came up with a game we play to keep our kids (Madison, 4 years old and Jack, 2 years old) engaged and interested. It is a “treasure hunt” where they get to look for something new to try each week. We are big on encouraging them to try new foods before they say they don’t like something and this is a great way to foster that. Last weekend, after telling us for the first half hour we were there, how much she didn’t like cherries, Madison without a lot of prompting from us, decided on cherries as her “treasure pick” and sure enough we finished the basket of Bing cherries before we even left the market. My son Jack, like most other 2 year olds is willing to try just about anything if in the mood. Last week his “treasure pick” was one of the amazing artisanal cheeses from Nicasio Cheese –nice taste eh?
Along with dozens of wonderful fruits and vegetables this market also has a sweet side. There are several bakeries offering delicious baked goods. Madison is a huge ice cream fan, so it didn’t take her long to find Scream Sorbet. They offer some very interesting flavors and are always happy to offer a taste. I was able to get her to try the sugar snap pea sorbet before she settled on a scoop of chocolate hazelnut. Speaking of chocolate hazelnut, Delicious Crepes is also at the market. My husband and I shared their “special” crepe made with feta, tomatoes and spinach. It was “delicious”. Jack preferred the Nutella crepe, which I must warn any parent is very good but VERY messy – so make sure to grab lots of napkins. They melt the Nutella first so the Nutella is just a gooey mess but oh so good.
Last week we also tried the whole chicken from Roli Roti. This truck always has a long line and big following so we decided to check out what all the hype was about. The chicken was so juicy and tender… this rolling Rotisserie truck does not disappoint.
The farmers’ market is not cheap and it is not all organic so if you are looking specifically for organic you need to shop carefully but it is a wonderful place to spend a Sunday morning with your family. We plan to make this a weekly ritual and hope you will come out also and support the local farmers!!