Friday, May 06, 2005

Farmers Market Opens Today

Can we ever have too many farmers markets? I don't think so. One of the most exciting trends in the past few years has been the explosion in growth of farmers markets. According to the USDA, the number of farmers markets increased almost 20% between 2002 and 2004, from 3,137 to 3,706.

More opportunities to support family farmers and buy fresh, and often organic produce make farmer's markets very appealing. Last year a couple of new farmers markets popped up in San Francisco and will be returning this Spring bigger and better than ever. One farmers market that I am looking forward to checking out is at The Cannery. The Cannery at Del Monte Square was originally opened in 1907 as a fruit and vegetable canning plant. Later it was purchased by Del Monte. In 1963 this gem of a building was restored and turned into a shopping mecca for tourists.

Now there are a couple of attractions that may lure the locals, the farmers market which takes place Fridays and Saturdays from 9 until 2 and the opening of the Oakville Grocery. The store, expected to open this summer, will be similar to the one in Napa Valley. It will feature specialty cheeses, breads, charcuterie, smoked fish, a deli, wine tasting bar and cooking demo area. The Cannery will also be leasing space to a high quality chocolate shop, a bulk florist and a kitchen store. Will it give the Ferry Building Marketplace a run for the money? Only time will tell.

The Cannery farmers market kicks off today, if you can, drop by around 11 for a chef demonstration by Gary Danko or on Saturday for a chef demonstration by Annie Somerville of Greens Restaurant, also at 11.

Farmers Market at The Cannery at Del Monte Square
2801 Leavenworth Street @ Columbus Street
San Francisco
Fridays & Saturdays 9 - 2