Califonia Bountiful

On location: San Francisco

May/June 2020 California Bountiful magazine

Plan a weekend getaway to one of California's hidden gems



Though it's best known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and bustling downtown, San Francisco is also home to farmers markets, urban farms and restaurants that showcase what farmers and ranchers from neighboring communities bring to the city's vibrant food scene.

 

 

 

 

Louie Figone, Half Moon Bay

This longtime flower grower makes the early-morning trek to the San Francisco Flower Mart several days a week, sharing a rainbow of fresh flowers that includes 32 shades of signature dahlias. Figone began working at the market with his dad in the 1950s before establishing his own flower farm in 1967. "The market is a happy place," said Figone, vice president of the San Mateo County Farm Bureau.

 

 

 

 

Alemany Farm

At 3 1/2 acres, Alemany Farm is the largest urban farm in San Francisco. It offers educational workshops and workdays where volunteers prepare, plant and maintain gardens with a purpose: All of the food grown is given away to address food insecurity in the community and to thank volunteers.

 

 

 

Gardens of Alcatraz

One of the city's many public gardens, the restored, century-old grounds of the former island prison still flourish four decades after the prison's closure. Its resilient and newly introduced plants from around the world provide visitors with colorful examples of sustainable, low-maintenance gardening.

 

 

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Explore, taste and enjoy California's bounty Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the city's Embarcadero. Grab lunch at the market or choose from local cheese, fruit, bread and olive oil for a picnic overlooking the bay. Look for chefs filling their carts as they create their daily menus.

 

 

 

Nopa

This popular spot north of the Golden Gate Park panhandle offers a hyper-seasonal menu created by chef Laurence Jossel, who shops Bay Area markets nearly daily and changes offerings according to what's freshest. Look for current dishes featuring fava beans, asparagus and Meyer lemons.

 

Editor's note: Most attractions closed temporarily in March. Please call before visiting.


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