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!
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.