Market to Table Program
On Saturdays at 11:00 am, top Bay Area chefs demonstrate recipes using seasonal and sustainable ingredients purchased that morning from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Taste their creations, ask questions, and leave with a recipe in hand. From simple salads to complex entrees, the chefs use the market’s finest produce to create invariably delicious dishes. Get seasonal recipes from chefs who have participated in our program here >
Saturday programs sometimes include an interview with a farmer, food artisan, or purveyor in the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to give the audience in-depth information about how and where their food is produced. What is life like for farmers? What are the challenges and pleasures of managing a food production business? Novices and sustainable agriculture aficionados alike can ask questions and hear wonderful stories from the people who feed them. See our calendar for the next interview or demonstration >
Approximately one Saturday a month, CUESA holds a special celebration in lieu of the regular Market to Table programs. These special events may include tastings, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, farmer talks, and Iron Chef-style culinary challenges.
What better way to learn about where your food comes from than to visit the land on which it is produced? Through CUESA’s farm tour program, market shoppers can get an inside look at the source of their food on tours led by the farmers themselves. The tours also sometimes visit the facilities of food artisans who sell in the market.
CUESA's education booths give curious shoppers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of sustainable food systems. These interactive Discovery Stations offer a rotating array of themes, such as the value of sustainable food, an introduction to rare and unusual produce found in the market, and the cycle of compost from food scrap to soil amendment.
Sustainable Agriculture A to Z Exhibit
Our A to Z exhibit is a series of vibrant eight-by-eight foot photomurals under the arches in front of the Ferry Building. Each letter introduces a concept in sustainable agriculture. See the Sustainable Agriculture A to Z online >
CUESA hosts occasional weekend or evening lectures inside the Ferry Building. Past speakers have included Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and Vandana Shiva.
Every Friday, CUESA sends an informativel email to people interested in food. The e-letter contains recipes, articles, produce highlights, event announcements, and more. Sign up for our weekly e-letter >
Schoolyard to Market
Schoolyard to Market, a youth development and entrepreneurship program developed in partnership with Eduation Outside (formerly the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance), gives students the opportunity to grow produce and vegetable seedlings in their school gardens and sell them at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, while learning about health and nutrition and gaining valuable job skills in marketing and sales. Learn more here >
Offered on Thursdays to public school classes grades 1 through 5 (and summer youth groups), CUESA’s new Foodwise Kids program includes a farmers market introduction and learning activity followed by a cooking class using ingredients the students purchase in the market. Learn more here >