Farmers Market Update: Alemany

by | Jan 24, 2010
Murals at Alemany

Murals at Alemany

Instead of my usual trip to the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, this week I visited the Alemany farmers market in San Francisco near Bernal Heights.

People love this market, and it is kind of amazing that I have never been to it before. My main excuse is that it isn’t easy to get to via public transportation.

Lemon Slices

Lemon Slices

Blood Orange

Blood Orange

The Alemany farmers market was founded in 1943 and is the oldest in California. The stalls are painted with beautiful and sometimes humorous murals, and the market has a fantastic community of local farmers and vendors. It is the only city-run farmers market in San Francisco, and some of the vendors I spoke to had been members for generations.

Giant Turnips

Giant Turnips

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

The produce was notably more affordable than what I normally find at the Ferry Plaza market, though the selection was not quite as broad. There is also a fantastic selection of prepared foods, including the best dulce de leche cookies in the entire universe.

Pumpkin Bolani

Pumpkin Bolani

Dulce de Leche Cookies

Dulce de Leche Cookies

I also enjoyed fava dips from Fava, and vegan Afghani stuffed breads from Bolani.

The Alemany farmers market is a special community and worth a trip for all San Francisco residents.

Flowers

Flowers

Jumbo Lemons

Jumbo Lemons

Have you been to the Alemany farmers market?

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4 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Alemany”

  1. Brittany says:

    I am totally jealous of the Farmer’s Markets on the west coast. Ours are slacking on the east coast this time of the year. And, The Afghani stuffed breads are intriguing. The pumpkin sounds delicious!!

  2. julie says:

    I tend to go every week, even now that I live in East Bay. Didn’t get there yesterday due to rain, many vendors don’t show up, and I didn’t wake up. It seems organic mandarins at Alemany = $2/pound. Oakland =$3/lb, Berkeley sometimes even more. After a while, you learn whose carrots you like, oranges, greens, celery, etc., and you settle into your pattern. I eat a whole lot more fruit when I can shop there, veggies not so differently priced.

  3. Susie says:

    It’s the only market I’ve been to in the U.S. where the bustle and industrial feeling make you feel more like you’re in Mexico or Europe than at a US market. The red Livermore walnuts are another big attraction of Alemany 🙂
    http://nuttyfig.com/2008/11/red-walnuts-favorite-seasonal-discovery/

  4. EatHealthy says:

    Beautiful pictures and wonderful writing on an important subject – healthy eating.

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