United Nations Plaza Farmer’s Market, early summer 2009

by Stevie on June 25, 2009

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United Nations Farmer's Market with San Francisco City Hall

United Nations Farmer's Market with San Francisco City Hall

We went on the first Sunday of summer to the UN Plaza Farmer’s Market in San Francisco. This happened to be Father’s Day. It was so great seeing all of the dads out with their kids shopping for fresh produce. That’s such a good message to teach your children: eating fresh vegetables and fruits is fun, healthy and can bring you together as a family. I like it!

standing at Market Street ready to hit the UN Plaza market

standing at Market Street ready to hit the UN Plaza market

It was a beautiful day for the fair with lots of sun and pleasant ocean breezes. The UN plaza is quite nearby the San Francisco Civic Center, the main library and the Asian Art Museum. Parking can be a challenge but we were able to find a spot just across Market Street on 8th Street. The farmer’s market happens every Wednesday and Sunday except for next weekend for San Francisco Gay Pride. Already the rainbow flags were blowing in the wind all along Market.

This farmer’s market offers a lot of the same produce that you can find at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market but much of it is at a reduced price. Another benefit of this market over that other, sexier one, is that there are a lot of Asian vegetables for sale. We saw a few types of bok choy, Chinese long beans, Japanese and Chinese eggplant, bitter melon, fresh ginger and a variety of greens in the cabbage family that are fairly distinct to Chinese cooking.

Unlike the Ferry Plaza, there aren’t any cute shops and restaurants to stroll through after you’ve finished with the produce. In a way, that helps us because this place is fairly close to Trader Joe’s in the South of Market area so we can go to both fairly quickly and conveniently.

We ended up getting about three large bags of various things all for about $20 to 25. This time we got a lot of bing cherries, apricots and medjool dates. Also we found some cherry tomatoes (which somehow I managed to drop on the ground just after we purchased them! So disappointing), a variety of greens, bok choy, red onions still on the stalk and some other random stuff.

I highly recommend this market. It is affordable, convenient and has high quality produce.

freshly picked apricots

freshly picked apricots

bitter melon

bitter melon

beautiful cherries

beautiful cherries

small eggplant

small eggplant

green bok choy

green bok choy

beets and radish

beets and radish

empty produce boxes, or is this outsider art?

empty produce boxes, or is this outsider art?

UN plaza sign

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Ed Fish October 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

All of those boxes are wax cascade coated and so are not recyclable. Each one is headed to a landfill. My company Interstate Container has been working to replace wax boxes with a product call Greencoat see greencoat.net Our Greencoat boxes are biodegradable, compostable, and fully recyclable! We have had great success replacing wax boxes in the poultry industry and now want to repeat this in produce. Please tell your friends in the produce world.

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