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November 23, 2020

CUESA's Farmers Market Winter Holiday Guide

This holiday season, give the gift of good food while supporting local farmers and food crafters. At CUESA’s farmers markets, you’ll find the makings for wholesome winter feasts, along with unique gifts that nourish the body, the earth, and our local community.

We’ve gathered some ideas for delicious and distinctive stocking stuffers and host gifts, as well as fixings for creating a sustainably sourced goodie basket. These are gifts with real people and stories behind them. At the farmers market, you can meet the makers, learn about their crafts, and know that you’re helping family farmers and small food businesses thrive. We’ve also included online ordering options when available.

As the days turn cold and rainy, farmers market vendors count on loyal customers like you to help sustain their businesses year-round. In this time of gratitude, we thank you for supporting CUESA and our market community throughout the year. Happy holidays from CUESA!

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Holiday Schedule

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is OPEN throughout the holidays, EXCEPT Saturday, December 26, 2020. We will be hosting special markets with pop-up vendors on December 24 and 31.

  • OPEN: Saturday, December 19, 8am-2pm

Farmers Market Gift Guide

From to small-batch hot sauce and artisan chocolate to handmade wreaths and lavender body care products, find these made-with-love gifts from our local farmers and crafters at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Add holiday cheer and bring home the scent of eucalyptus, bay, lavender, and other California flora with gorgeous handcrafted holiday wreaths, grown and made by Cypress Flower Farm, Devoto Gardens, Fifth Crow Farm, and Four Sisters FarmFerry Plaza, Saturdays.

A much-anticipated holiday favorite, Tory Farms has their famed Flame seedless sun-dried raisin rolls (in an adorable prewrapped bundle) and pomegranate jelly, both delicious gifts or accompaniments to your holiday feast. Tory and Rebecca Torosian grow grapes, pomegranates, and many other tree fruit, lovingly ripened on their “Magic Ranch” in Dinuba. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.

Ditch the canned cranberry log and try honey fermented cranberry sauce from Wise Goat Organics, a Santa Cruz‐based maker of handcrafted ferments, to add flair to glazes and syrups to accompany your holiday feast. Fermenter Mary Risavi’s nutrient‐dense version includes organic cranberries, ginger, wildflower honey, orange peel, and cinnamon. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Winters Fruit Tree makes the holidays easy with gift trays and gift bags of their flavored almonds and pistachios, along with farmstead fruit jams and nut butters, straight up or in intriguing flavors like Cupcake Batter, Sweet Sriracha, or Jalapeno Popper. Ferry Plaza, Thursdays; online shop.

For a vegan alternative to eggnog, check out Beber Almondmilk’s almond and cashew-based version, ideal for holiday entertaining, cookie dipping, and warming up by that open fire. For dairy drinkers, Alexandre Family Farm has super‐creamy organic eggnog made from old‐fashioned A2/A2 milk from crossbred grazing cows on their regenerative dairy ranch in Crescent City. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.

Support next-generation organic farmers and share a taste of summer by gifting canned goods from Oya Organics in Hollister. Farmers Marsha Habib and Modesto Sanchez Cruz have a fresh new line of salsas, including Tomatillo Milpero, Organic Early Girl Tomato, and Amana Orange Tomato. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Tierra Vegetables has plenty of distinctive gifts to bring flavor and spice, including their new Sabor de Salsita Autumn Mole with Persimmon, farmstead hot sauces, and heirloom popcorn and cornmeal, all sustainably grown and handmade in small-batches at Lee and Wayne James’ farm in Santa Rosa. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.

Share Dirty Girl Produce’s famous flavor-packed tomatoes all winter long. Dirty Girl is preserving their dry-farmed organic Early Girls to make blended tomatoes, clamato, and spicy tomato juice. They also have strawberry preserves and cute tote bags and other merch, showing off their distinctive logo. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Give the sweetness of summer with Frog Hollow Farm conserves, featuring the farm’s popular Brentwood-grown organic apricots, nectarines, and peaches. Gift baskets available. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Great for Hanukkah gifting, Marshall’s Farm’s honeys offer a little locally sourced sweetness in a different varietals. Holiday gift baskets are also available, and their honey straws make a fun stocking stuffer. Hanukkah and Christmas gift boxes are available in mixed case varieties (3- or 8-ounce jars). Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.


Inspired by a family recipe, Happy Quail Farms’ Farm-Style Relish is a Good Food Award winner, with its tangy blend of mild and spicy peppers from the Winsbergs’ suburban East Palo Alto farm. They also offer Cayenne, Habanero, and Ají hot sauces. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoke, in addition to bringing their huge variety of stellar smoked fish (smoked salmon, salmon jerky, salmon sticks, and more) to the farmers market, offers extensive mail order gift boxes and gift shipping options. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop, or call 707-585-2000, or email [email protected].

To delight the beer lover in your life, Almanac Beer Co. is selling cans of their crisp and citrusy limited-release Bunny Hill IPA (dry-hopped with Cashmere and Simcoe hops) and ugly sweater cans of their classic LOVE Hazy IPA, along with rotating oak-aged sour beers brewed with real fruit in Alameda. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

East Bay-based chocolate maker Bisou Chocolate coaxes intriguing flavors from high-quality cocoa beans to make flavorful bars, truffles, and more, while paying a high premium to cocoa farmers. Seek out their seasonal bonbons, chocolate bark, and drinking chocolate for your chocoholic loved ones. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.

B-Y-O-Babka for Hannukah with Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen’s cinnamon and chocolate babka loaves, made in SF. Their challah, bagel chips, and spice mixes (in brisket, shawarma, and everything blends) are go-tos for last-minute gifting. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.

Nana Joes Granola is known for their innovative, gluten-free, and vegan granolas made in SF using farmers market ingredients. For your gluten-free foodie friend or family, their Gift of Granola box is full of all their best-sellers, including Sunset Blend, Paleo Sunrise Series, granola bars, and trail mix. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Give the gift of warmth and good health this winter with loose-leaf teas from Yerba Buena Tea Co. For the holidays, they’re offering gift packs of three teas of your choice. All herbs and tea leaves are purchased through fair trade and organic farms and distributors. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Famous for their lavender, Eatwell Farm has a suite of sachets, scrubs, salves, hydrosols, essential oils, and other aromatic products, as well as seasoning salts made from products grown on their organic farm in Dixon. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.

Package all of your farmers market goodies in our seasonal “I [artichoke heart] my farmers market” tote bag, which makes a bold and functional fashion statement. And it’s locally printed and made in the USA with organic cotton. Available for purchase at the CUESA Info Booth at all of our farmers markets.

Can’t decide? We’ve got gift certificates!

Delight your friends and family by letting them choose their own delicious gift with a CUESA Farmers Market Gift Certificate. Our gift certificates have no expiration date, are available in any amount, and are redeemable for market coins that can be used at any stand in the farmers market. They also make great corporate gifts! To purchase, call 415.291.3276. Learn more.


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