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November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Guide

Support local farmers and food crafters this Thanksgiving! At the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, you’ll find everything you need for a local, sustainable, and delicious feast. Here are some farmers market tips and seasonal recipes to inspire your holiday menu.

Please join us in giving thanks for the hard-working farmers, farmworkers, and food crafters who make this bounty possible for the holidays and throughout the year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Farmers Market Schedule

The market is open on the following days for all of your holiday needs:

  • Saturday, November 22, 8 am to 2 pm
  • Tuesday, November 24, 10 am to 2 pm
  • Wednesday, November 26, 10 am to 2 pm (special market!)

Note that there will be no Thursday market on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. Instead, we will have a special Wednesday market on November 26 for all of your last-minute holiday feast needs. In addition to many of the regular Thursday vendors, the lineup will include BN Ranch, Capay Organic, Eatwell Farm, Hog Island Oyster Co., Three Babes Bakeshop, and others. See the full list of vendors.

Get Your Locally Raised Turkey or Organic Tofu Roast

This Thanksgiving, serve a delicious, locally and humanely raised bird (or vegetarian alternative) from a Ferry Plaza Farmers Market purveyor on Saturday, November 22, or Wednesday, November 26:

  • BN Ranch will be making a special appearance to sell their locally raised heritage and broad-breasted turkeys at the Ferry Plaza on Saturday, November 22. The California-grown birds are raised on pasture and eat a non-GMO, antibiotic-free, vegetarian diet that contains no growth promotants. Learn more.

  • 4505 Meats will offer pasture-raised broad-breasted turkeys, as well as their famous Grand Turducken, sourced from BN Ranch, on November 22 and 26. To complete your feast, they will also have brine mix, Turducken sausage, stuffing kits, pork rillettes, and other Thanksgiving goodies, available for pre-order and pick-up or day-of purchase at the market. And last but not least, they’ll be serving their eagerly anticipated Turducken sandwiches on November 26 and 29!
  • Thanksgiving for two? Try guinea hen. Mountain Ranch Organically Grown will have pastured and organically raised guinea hens, as well as chickens, on November 22.
  • RoliRoti is offering their original poultry brine mix, a blend of spices, sea salt, brown sugar, and dried apples. It’s available for a limited time at their Saturday farmers market food truck throughout the holidays.
  • Looking for a delicious vegetarian alternative to the Thanksgiving bird? Hodo Soy Beanery makes a vegan, organic, non-GMO Yuba Holiday Roast, infused with classic holiday flavors like thyme, rosemary, bay, and mushrooms. Pre-order at their Saturday market stand for pickup at the market on November 22.

Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Pie from Three Babes Bakeshop

Three Babes Bakeshop is offering from-scratch holiday pies on Saturday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 25. They’ll also be at our special Wednesday market on November 26. Enjoy a sweet finale to your feast with seasonal favorites like Pumpkin, Classic Apple, Salty Honey Walnut, Bourbon Pecan, Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan (gluten-free), Pear Blackberry Crumble, and Mince.

They will have a limited selection of pies on hand at the market, but some flavors might sell out. To ensure that you get your mouthwatering pie of choice, pre-order on the Three Babes website now for pickup at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on November 22 or 26.

Farm-Fresh Thanksgiving Recipes

Nourish your family and friends with these seasonally inspired recipes shared by local farmers and chefs. For more ideas, browse our recipe archives.

We are also pinning our favorite farm-fresh Thanksgiving recipes on Pinterest. Join us!

Taste-Bud Ticklers

Peperonata | David Winsberg, Happy Quail Farms

Baked Oysters with Mushroom Ragout and Aioli | John Myers, Aquatic Culture

Pear and Feta Bites | Christine Gallary,

Blue Cheese Pecan Shortbread | Jennifer Cox, formerly of Citizen Cake

Spicy Carrots | Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of Put ‘em Up

Palette-Cleansing Salads

Salad of Persimmons, Mizuna, Tokyo Turnips, and Toasted Almonds | Jason Berthold, RN74

Grilled Little Gem Salad with Oranges, Feta, and Pistachios | Adam Timney, Starbelly

Napa Cabbage Salad with Watermelon Radishes and Apples | Jake Des Voignes, Local: Mission Eatery

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

Flavorful Sides

Braised Green Cabbage | Molly Stevens, Cookbook Author

Mashed Cauliflower with Leeks, Kale, and Tomatoes | Charles Vollmar, Epicurean Exchange

Sausage Stuffing | Toponia Miller, Fatted Calf

Delicata Squash Salad with Fingerling Potatoes and Pomegranate Seeds | Sam Mogannam, author of Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food

Roasted Radishes and Brussels Sprouts | Elianna Friedman, past CUESA Market Chef

The Main Event

Roast Turkey | Ryan Farr, 4505 Meats

Wild Rice Risotto with Butternut Squash and Cauliflower | Jake Des Voignes, Local: Mission Eatery

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Lamb Loin with Persimmon Chutney | Francis Hogan, Bluestem Brasserie

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

Butternut Squash Galette with Roasted Garlic, Caramelized Onions, and Toma | Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

Decadent Desserts

Savory Parsnip Madeleines | William Warner, Craftsman and Wolves

Pear Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake | Rebecca Courchesne, Frog Hollow Farm

Classic Apple Pie | Lenore Estrada & Anna Derivi-Castellanos, Three Babes Bakeshop

French Apple Custard Tart | Antoinne von Rimes, Pie Contest Winner

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


Leftover Tarragon Turkey Salad Sandwiches | Eric Ehler & Nick Rappoport, Luke’s Local

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 Information Booth.

Turkey photo courtesy of BN Ranch. Madeleines photo courtesy of Craftsman and Wolves.


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