While I frequently go to the Ferry Building in San Francisco, I’ve never actually gone on a Saturday afternoon when they have the farmer’s market. My god was it bonkers. The Ferry Building Marketplace is already crowded enough on a weekend but add on a fantastic farmer’s market and nice weather and it gets insane!
It’s a good thing I actually don’t live near there. My wallet, and that of my husband’s, just won’t be able to handle it! I love farmer’s markets so much that I actively seek them out anywhere I am. There’s just nothing better to me than strolling around with locals, checking out all the interesting and delicious foods that people have worked so hard to produce.
When I was in New York City last year, I didn’t get to visit a farmer’s market but I did go to Grand Central Market in Grand Central Terminal. When my sister, who had been to NYC before, proposed going to Grand Central Terminal, I was confused. Not knowing anything about it, “Why would I want to go to a transportation hub?” was my initial reaction. But much like SF’s Ferry Building, it’s so much more than that. It has tons of retail shops and food purveyors, all housed in a magnificent building.
When I first walked into the main hall, I was just awestruck by how beautiful it is. I can look at the ceiling for hours! The mural of stars gives a sense of calm to the hectic and frantic crowds.
I loved looking at all the goodies for sale at the market. If I lived in NYC and my commute took me through GCM, I would definitely drop by here frequently to pick up items for dinner.
We also checked out the dining concourse at the lower level of the terminal, where we got some delicious gelato and crepes from Ciao Bella. The next time I go to NYC, I will definitely dedicate much more time to this great people-watching and food-buying destination!