At Greg’s behest, we rolled out to the Inner Sunset Farmer’s Market yesterday.

Set in that parking lot between that shoe store and that doomed brewery, by the time we got there (around 10) it was packed. We’re all for the propagation of the species, but must you use your stroller as a weapon, sir or ma’am? Seriously.

Even with the obstacle course of strollers, people who apparently can’t text and walk at the same time, and the little kid who lay down and refused to get back up (hmm, maybe those strollers are pretty rad after all), it was pretty easy to get down one side and back up the other. Compared to other, more labyrinthine markets we’ve been to, this one was a piece of cake to navigate.

There was a lot of fresh produce, some of it more easily quantified (Organic? How far has it traveled? All that Barbara Kingsolver bullshit) than others. Not to be all “the Ferry Building” but those little signs the FB has at every stand giving baseball card style stats on vendors really helps us make purchasing decisions. Ha! Do you like how we act like we are these big time produce buyers? But you know what we mean.

And samples were plentiful, the hallmark of a good farmers market. To make it great, here’s what we suggest:

  • The aforementioned stats cards. Really, they’re cool.
  • More trash cans. We couldn’t find any public cans, though many vendors brought their own. But if you stepped away from their booth, you were shit outta luck. At one point, we heard a guy say “I’ve been holding this fucking olive pit for 10 minutes and I just can’t do it anymore,” as he threw it on the ground. It must be terrible to suffer from that type of muscle weakness, but, yeah, copious and visible trash cans would have been great.
  • A wider variety of vendors. Cheese was unrepresented, and the dried/preserved arts under so. We would have happily traded yet another stand of peaches for something like that.

Does it sound like we’re nitpicking? Because that’s not our intention — this was a bang-up job for a first effort, and made for a great neighborhoodie time. And folks as far out as 46th, where we ended up having brunch, were buzzing about it. We ran into old and new friends, but a bunch of cherries, and some Presidio Heights honey. And we expect we’ll be back, every Sunday until Nov 22. some time between 9-1.

All photos by Tim Ehhalt, see the entire photoset here.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    What was really amazing to see is the immediate effect that it had on that area in terms of calming down traffic and making the whole area one you’re even more drawn to. Without the stream of cars coming out of the lot (usually making insane left turns and blocking traffic), and all those folks spending time walking around the neighborhood before and after their visit to the market was really great.

    One of the owners of a store nearby noted that they’d seen an uptick in business because people were spending more time in the area and picking up items they couldn’t get at the market. So it was win / win for everyone , I think.

  • tangobaby

    I was so excited for our little farmer’s market, and filled my tote bags with lots of goodies. I did get there early so missed the dangerous strollers but I did see some unhappy pups and their handlers who could not partake of the market. I guess it’s a city ordinance that dogs are not allowed at farmer’s markets.

    I would love to see some cheese vendors and meats and herbs but overall I was glad this market is now in my ‘hood and plan to be there often.

  • Eve Batey

    I hear you on the dogs but, overall, I’m glad they had to stay out, because I think they could have been accidentally kicked, or been a tripping hazard were they in the market itself. PLUS, that means while Tim was taking all those lovely pictures, I could go to the one place where all the dogs were and basically make out with all of them.

  • Paul

    Hi Eve,

    Thanks for this write-up and pictures! Your comments are very useful and I will bring them up at the ISPN committee meeting to pass onto the PCFMA.

    –Paul

  • deathbysnusnu

    “Without the stream of cars coming out of the lot (usually making insane left turns and blocking traffic)” – I love hyperbole.

    Farmers’ market was awesome. It made for a spectacular food day: Cooked up some delicious tomatoes and eggs fried in bacon fat afterwards for brunch. Then my wife made a ceviche salad with hamachi from Yum-Yum fish market and veggies from the farmers’ market. I whipped up a wonderfully refreshing strawberry/cucumber/gin cocktail with market ingredients. And we had market kale with a toasted sesame/shoyu/vinegar dressing with dinner. A fantastic day made possible due to the market.

    Hmmm… Makes me wonder if recipes using seasonal farmers’ market and neighborhood store ingredients would be a nice addition to the community board in front.

    The negatives: the strollers drove me crazy, both my wife and I got nailed in the Achilles tendon by stroller wheels which @^%*! hurts. Cheese would be immensely appreciated. And we spent way too much money.

    The positives: everything else.

  • judy b.

    Not only trash bins, but compost bins, too, please! At ALL the markets.

  • Greg Dewar

    Well, if you’ve ever waited for the N at 9th and Irving and watched truly dumb drivers make a left turn that under the best of circumstances is tough, but during busy days jams up all the other cars, you’d know why I said that. Crazy! Doesn’t anyone do right-right-right anymore?

    One thing I was curious was pricing – when I got there they were sold out of anything I might buy. But I’ve heard some gripes the prices are high? Anyone wanna comment on that?

    My guess is that the pricing isn’t that bad, and hey, Safeway is “cheap” but also “sucks” when it comes to produce, etc etc.