If you're heading to the Ferry Building Marketplace or just happen to be in the area at the right time (especially a sunny Sat), make a point of visiting the Farmers' Market, which is held in the outdoor areas in front of and behind the marketplace. This is where San Francisco foodies and many of the best local chefs -- including the famed Alice Waters of Chez Panisse -- gather, hang out, and peruse stalls hawking the finest Northern California fruits, vegetables, breads, dairy, flowers, ready-made snacks, and complete meals by local restaurants. You'll be amazed at the variety and quality, and the crowded scene itself is something to behold. You can also pick up locally made vinegars, preserves, olives, and oils here -- they make wonderful gifts. Drop by on Saturday from 9am to noon for a serious social fest, including interviews with local farmers and culinary demos by city chefs.
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