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First posted on September 27, 2009

One of the joys of travel – for me, anyway – is visiting local food markets and farmer’s markets. Whether in SouthEast Asia or the south of France, these markets are a reflection of local culture and cuisine.

A street market in Luang Prabang, Laos

A fruit stall in Cannes, on the French Riviera


One of the most impressive farmer’s markets I have seen is held every Tuesday and Saturday in and around the San Francisco Ferry Terminal building at the foot of Market Street. A determined grazer can enter the market hungry and emerge replete, having experienced a savory blend of fruits, preserves, salsas, cheeses and baked goods.

Samples of goat cheeses – free for the asking

A variety of salsas and dips on offer to passers-by


The ripe strawberries were very tempting

A more sophisticated grazer could opt for champagne and caviar


The Bruschetta stand was especially popular around noon. The open-faced Tuscan-style sandwiches were heaped with fresh tomatoes, sliced onions, capers and crumbled cheese.


The Bruschetta stand’s operator was well organized

 

I’ll be offering more video visits to the San Francisco Farmer’s Market in upcoming posts.

 

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