Flora Grubb Gardens

Someone recently told me about Flora Grubb Gardens.  While I love all things floral and leafy, and thus, immediately fell in love with this spot (and the Ritual Coffee shop inside), I did not inherit my mom’s green thumb.  Nevertheless, I bought my first ever large plant (a ficus lyrata) and was forewarned that upon bringing it home, that up to 3 leaves would likely fall off and was assured that “it wouldn’t be [my] fault.”  Who knew plants got depressed?  Despite my photos below of succulents, they have all types of plants, large and small!

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San Francisco Flower Mart

Sunflowers, hydrangeas, orchids, dahlias, tulips, tuberose, lilies, succulents, and mystery plants galore.  I recently discovered that San Francisco has the “best flower market in the country” according to their website and Martha Stewart Living, and have been wanting to check it out ever since.  Street parking was fairly easy (although it is a Tuesday), and they also have a parking lot.  For a list of over 50 vendors, click here.

The San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart is located at 640 Brannon Street, San Francisco, California 94107, and is open to the general public Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Wholesale hours for badge holders begin at 2:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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Ferry Building Farmers Market, San Francisco

The Ferry Building Farmers Market is serious business.  And by serious, I mean, wear comfortable shoes, pants with elastic, and bring bags to carry lots of stuff you will inevitably buy.  Watch out for the seagulls; they might poop on you.

One Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94111.

Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Noe Valley Farmers’ Market, Part Deux

Eat your veggies! I’m trying to make a weekly trip to the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market.  However, it’s pretty small and makes me miss the enormous Bastille Marché, where I could practice my French and wander through produce, literally for blocks.  I only bought potatoes, beets, and haricot verts (the vendor corrected me, “these are not green beans”).  If you like beets, they’re one of the easiest things to make, and I just discovered that beet greens aren’t so bad either.  Scroll to the bottom for an easy recipe!

To make roasted beets, chop of the tops and the tails, wrap each beet individually in aluminum foil, and pop them in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350 for just over an hour.  Take ’em out, unwrap the aluminum foil (you may want to wait for them to cool), and then just run them under water and the outer skin will peel off like magic.  Just don’t wear white.

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Ferry Building, San Francisco

I finally made it to the Ferry Building!  We went right after finishing dim sum, so I was too full to actually eat anything.  However, there were tons of great stores and vendors carrying items from fresh produce, Blue Bottle Coffee, and ceramics to Bomboloni (Italian donuts).  For a full list of merchants, check out the list here!

Ferry Building Marketplace, One Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94111.

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Noe Valley Farmers’ Market, San Francisco

After eating roasted watermelon radishes at Flour + Water last night, I was determined to find some to make myself.  Check out the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market and you’ll find some there, along with the weirdest looking vegetable I’ve ever seen: Romanesco broccoli!

Here’s what I actually bought (minus the persimmons, which are from my mom’s tree):

Noe Valley Farmers’ Market, 3861 24th St. between Vicksburg and Sanchez Streets

Saturdays: 8 a.m – 1 p.m., live music at 10 a.m.

For a list of other farmers’ markets in the city, check out this blog post I found.

© Sarah Milstein 2013