CUESA's Farmers Market Winter Holiday Guide
November 15, 2021
This holiday season, shop small and give the gift of good food while supporting local farmers and food crafters. At CUESA’s farmers markets, you’ll find the makings for wholesome winter feasts, along with unique gifts that nourish the body, the earth, and our local community.
We’ve gathered some ideas for delicious and distinctive stocking stuffers and host gifts, as well as fixings for creating a sustainably sourced goodie basket. These are gifts with real people and stories behind them. At the farmers market, you can meet the makers, learn about their crafts, and know that you’re helping family farmers and small food businesses thrive. We’ve also included online ordering options when available.
As the days turn cold and rainy, farmers market vendors count on loyal customers like you to help sustain their businesses year-round. In this time of gratitude, we thank you for supporting CUESA and our market community throughout the year. Happy holidays from CUESA!
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Holiday Schedule
We will be hosting special holiday markets with pop-up vendors on December 23 and 30. Note that the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market will be CLOSED Saturday, December 25, and Saturday, January 1. We’ll be back our regular schedule on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, rain or shine.
OPEN: Saturday, December 18, 8am-2pm
OPEN: Tuesday, December 21, 10am-2pm
OPEN: Thursday, December 23, 10am-2pm | Pre-Christmas Farmers Market
CLOSED: Saturday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
OPEN: Tuesday, December 28, 10am-2pm
OPEN: Thursday, December 30, 10am-2pm | Pre-New Year’s Farmers Market
CLOSED: Saturday, January 1 (New Year’s Day)
Farmers Market Gift Guide
From to small-batch hot sauce and artisan chocolate to handmade wreaths and lavender body care products, find these made-with-love gifts from our local farmers and crafters at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Can’t decide? Get them a CUESA tote bag or Farmers Market eGift Card.
Add holiday cheer and bring home the scent of eucalyptus, bay, lavender, and other California flora with gorgeous handcrafted holiday wreaths, grown and made by Cypress Flower Farm, Devoto Gardens, Fifth Crow Farm, and Four Sisters Farm (pictured above). Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.
For a vegan alternative to eggnog, check out Beber Almondmilk’s almond and cashew-based version, ideal for holiday entertaining, cookie dipping, and warming up by that open fire. For dairy drinkers, Alexandre Family Farm has super‐creamy organic eggnog made from old‐fashioned A2/A2 milk from crossbred grazing cows on their regenerative dairy ranch in Crescent City. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.
A much-anticipated holiday favorite, Tory Farms has pomegranate jelly and juice, both delicious gifts or accompaniments to your holiday feast. Tory and Rebecca Torosian grow pomegranates, grapes, citrus, and other tree fruit on their “Magic Ranch” in Dinuba. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.
Ditch the canned cranberry log and try honey fermented cranberry sauce from Wise Goat Organics, a Santa Cruz‐based maker of handcrafted ferments, to add flair to glazes and syrups to accompany your holiday feast. Fermenter Mary Risavi’s nutrient‐dense version includes organic cranberries, ginger, wildflower honey, orange peel, and cinnamon. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
To delight the beer lover in your life, Almanac Beer Co. is selling cans of their crisp and citrusy limited-release Bunny Hill IPA (dry-hopped with Cashmere and Simcoe hops), along with rotating oak-aged sour beers brewed with real fruit in Alameda. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Support next-generation organic farmers and share a taste of summer by gifting canned goods from Oya Organics in Hollister. Farmers Marsha Habib and Modesto Sanchez Cruz have a fresh new line of salsas, including Tomatillo Milpero, Organic Early Girl Tomato, and Amana Orange Tomato. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Tierra Vegetables has plenty of distinctive gifts to bring flavor and spice, including their limited-supply Mole Poblano (Green) and Mole Rojo (Red), farmstead hot sauces, and heirloom popcorn and cornmeal, all sustainably grown and handmade in small-batches at Lee and Wayne James’ farm in Santa Rosa. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.
Share Dirty Girl Produce’s famous flavor-packed tomatoes all winter long. Dirty Girl is preserving their dry-farmed organic Early Girls to make blended tomatoes, clamato, and spicy tomato juice. They also have strawberry preserves and cute tote bags and other merch, showing off their distinctive logo. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoke, in addition to bringing their huge variety of stellar smoked fish (smoked salmon, salmon jerky, salmon sticks, and more) to the farmers market, offers extensive mail order gift boxes and gift shipping options. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop, or call 707-585-2000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aedan Fermented’s Shio Koji marinade is a simple alternative to brining your holiday turkey. It imparts a rich flavor with less sodium, and abundant enzymes encourage umami and help create a tender delicious bird. Try Aedan’s signature handcrafted misos and amasake, too. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Give the sweetness of summer with Frog Hollow Farm conserves, featuring the farm’s popular Brentwood-grown organic apricots, nectarines, and peaches. Gift baskets available. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Great for Hanukkah gifting, Marshall’s Farm’s honeys offer a little locally sourced sweetness in a different varietals. Holiday gift baskets are also available, and their honey straws make a fun stocking stuffer. Hanukkah and Christmas gift boxes are available in mixed case varieties (3- or 8-ounce jars). Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Winters Fruit Tree makes the holidays easy with gift trays and gift bags of their flavored almonds and pistachios, along with farmstead fruit jams and nut butters, straight up or in intriguing flavors like Cupcake Batter, Sweet Sriracha, or Jalapeno Popper. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays and Thursdays; online shop.
Regenenerative-certified, fifth-generation San Joaquin family farm Old Dog Ranch offers bags of raw walnuts, as well as flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate, Whiskey Spice, and Rosemary, perfect for snacking. Grab-and-go gift bags with a sampler of their walnut butters and spiced walnuts are also available. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Fall is the time for harvesting walnuts, which means they’re as fresh as can be at the farmers market right now. Glashoff Farms offers their freshly harvested Franquette walnuts and walnut butters, along with ther fruit preserves, curd, and more. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays.
East Bay-based chocolate maker Bisou Chocolate coaxes intriguing flavors from high-quality cocoa beans to make flavorful bars, truffles, and more, while paying a high premium to cocoa farmers. Seek out their seasonal bonbons, chocolate bark, and drinking chocolate for your chocoholic loved ones. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
B-Y-O-Babka for Hannukah with Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen’s cinnamon and chocolate babka loaves, made in SF. Their challah, bagel chips, and spice mixes (in brisket, shawarma, and everything blends) are go-tos for last-minute gifting. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online ordering.
Nana Joes Granola is known for their innovative, gluten-free, and vegan granolas made in SF using farmers market ingredients. Nana Joes’ Gift of Granola box is full of nourishing goodies, including Paleo Chocolate Cheer (a limited-edition peppermint holiday blend!), best-sellers such as Tony’s Trail Mix, Sunset Blend, Paleo Cranberry, and Paleo Orange, and two assorted granola bars. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Season, taste, and freshen with Allstar Organics’ dried herbs, salts, sugars, and hydrosols, which beautifully preserve the flavors and scents from Janet Brown and Marty Jacobson’s organic farm in Marin. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
Famous for their lavender, Eatwell Farm has a suite of sachets, scrubs, salves, hydrosols, essential oils, and other aromatic products, as well as seasoning salts made from products grown on their organic farm in Dixon. Ferry Plaza, Saturdays; online shop.
A regular vendor at our Mission Community Market, Kim Leonard’s En Vie Naturals provides affordable vegan skin care products such as sprays, lotions, and creams that create peaceful moments, all locally made in San Francisco’s Mission District. Popping up Thursday December 30; online shop.
Loyale Studio is a WOC-owned business, crafting high-quality linens in SF, as well as gift sets and kitchen essentials like eco-scrub brushes, vegan sponges, and more. Pick up beautiful gifts and give back: 5% of Loyale’s sales will be donated to CUESA’s food access and education programs. Popping up Saturday, December 3; online shop.
Package all of your farmers market goodies in our seasonal “I [strawberry] my farmers market” tote bag, which makes a bold and functional fashion statement. And it’s locally printed and made in the USA with organic cotton. Available for purchase at the CUESA Info Booth at all of our farmers markets.
Can’t decide? Give them an Farmers Market eGift Card!
Delight your friends and family by letting them choose their own delicious gift with a CUESA Farmers Market eGift Card. Our gift certificates have no expiration date, are available in any amount, and are redeemable for market coins that can be used at any stand in the farmers market. They also make great corporate gifts! Learn more and purchase.