Holiday Guide | CUESA

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December 03, 2014

Holiday Guide

This holiday season, give the gift of good food while supporting local farmers and food crafters. As the days turn cold and rainy, farmers market vendors count on loyal customers like you to help sustain their businesses year-round. At the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, you’ll find the makings for wholesome winter feasts, along with unique gifts that nourish the body, the earth, and the local community.

We’ve collected some gift and menu ideas, shopping tips, and recipes to inspire you. Thank you for supporting the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market season after season. Happy holidays from CUESA!

Winter Holiday Schedule

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day on Thursday, December 25, and Thursday, January 1. We’ll be on our regular market schedule for the rest of the season (Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm).

Holiday Gift Ideas

We’ve compiled some gift ideas from our local farmers and food crafters, perfect for goodie baskets, stocking stuffers, and host or hostess gifts.

Check out CUESA’s Holiday Gift Picks »

We also have Ferry Plaza Farmers Market canvas bags, aprons, and posters for purchase at the CUESA Info Booth every Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

For that special someone who is passionate about good food but doesn’t want more stuff, consider making a donation to CUESA on their behalf to help cultivate a healthy food system.

Seasonal Decorations and Treats

The winter farmers market offers many seasonal specialties to make your holiday celebrations festive:

Can’t Decide? We’ve Got the Perfect Gift

Delight your friends and family by letting them choose their own delicious gift with Farmers Market Gift Coins. Gift coins work like a gift certificate, have no expiration date, and can be redeemed at any Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand. They are conveniently pre-packaged in $25 boxes and $10 bags, but they are available in any amount.

Market coins also make great corporate gifts. Purchase them at the CUESA Info Booth, or order by emailing us or calling 415.291.3276 x103. Learn more.

Holiday Recipes

Celebrate the winter holidays with these seasonally inspired recipes from our farmers and chefs. Explore more winter recipes or browse our holiday-inspired Pinterest board.

Little Bites

Acorn Squash Latkes | Elianna Friedman, Bay Leaf Kitchen

Dungeness Crab Tortino | Ruggero Caldadi, Pesce Seafood Bar

Carrot-Beet Hash Cakes | Jessica Goldman Foung, Sodium Girl’s Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook

Celery Root and Yuba Spring Rolls with Toasted Almonds and Winter Citronette | Michael Hung, Bushi-Tei

Pear and Feta Bites | Christine Gallary,

Savory Root Vegetable Pancakes with Crème Fraîche | Lauren Kiino, Il Cane Rosso

Seasonal Soups and Salads

Winter Salad Greens with Persimmon Vinaigrette and Mt Tam | Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery

Acorn Squash, Brown Rice, and Winter Greens Soup | Charles Vollmar, Epicurean Exchange

Greens, Persimmons, Baby Beets, and Radishes with Toasted Coriander Vinaigrette | Daniel Corey,  Luce Restaurant

Roasted Fennel and Orange Salad | Olivier Said and Chef MikeC, Kitchen on Fire

Mexican Christmas Eve Salad |  Laurie McKenzie, cooking instructor

Savory Sides

Roasted Broccoli with Meyer Lemon and Pistachio Salsa | Robin Song, Hog & Rocks

Rainbow Chard with Squash Seeds | Annie Somerville, Greens Restaurant

Gratin of Potato, Fennel, and Leeks | Charles Vollmar, Epicurean Exchange

Grilled Potatoes and Persimmons | David Little, Little Organic Farm

Baked Pumpkin Squash (Zucca al Forno) | Joyce Goldstein

Holiday Feast Entrées

Holiday Goose | Casey Havre and John Lagier, Lagier Ranches

Three-Ingredient Prime Rib Roast | Ryan Farr, 4505 Meats

Olive Oil Poached Filet of Beef, Pearl Barley, Pickled Pearl Onions, and Broccoli di Cicco Vinaigrette | Daniel Corey, Luce Restaurant

Brined Turkey | Dan Jablow, Jablow’s Meats

Honey-Glazed Roots with Smoked Ham, Lacinato Kale, and Pickled Mustard Seeds | Isaac Miller, Maven Restaurant

Tamale-Stuffed Winter Squash | Donna Eichorn, Donna’s Tamales

Winter Sweet Treats

Grandma Elsie’s World-Famous Persimmon Cookies | Bryce Loewen, Blossom Bluff Orchards

Lemon Oatmeal and Walnut Crisps | Jen Musty, Batter Bakery

Green Squash Preserves | Aglaia Kremezi, Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts

Champagne Citrus Compote | Becky Courchesne, Frog Hollow Farm

Chocolate Goat Cheese Fondue with Pears | Laura Werlin, author of Laura Werlin’s Cheese Essentials

Shop with Ease

The market is easily accessible by public transit and bike. If you’re driving, be sure to take advantage of our convenient validated parking options (download the PDF).

Use our Veggie Valet, a free service that allows you to drop off your farmers market purchases and either continue shopping or grab your car for curbside pickup. The Veggie Valet is open until 1 pm. Check in at the Info Booth.


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