The air was crisp and the fog slowly dissipated as each minute ticked forward; a typical San Francisco morning. The cityscape in front of me was displayed in shades of gray, but the tower still stood out. A beacon on the San Francisco waterfront, the Ferry Building clock tower draws people in from all parts of the city on Saturdays. It calls out to health-minded Californians with its organic vegetables and fruit; the best that Northern California farms have to offer.

The building opened in 1898 and served as the transportation hub for the West coast. The clock tower reaches 245 ft. tall and is the focal point of the waterfront. It was modeled after a 12th century bell tower in Seville Spain.

Brussel Sprouts in Season

However, the ferry building wasn’t able to change with the times and eventually was left behind when the car became a common fixture for Americans. In recent years though it has been saved, given a facelift and new purpose. Even though it is still sits at the site where all major transportation meets in San Francisco (BART, MUNI, and Ferry), it no longer serves as a transportation hub; instead it serves as a food hub.

After a major renovation it reopened as the place for foodies to come together. The market offers produce and flowers from small regional farmers and ranchers, many of whom are certified organic. A wealth of other products include regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses and jams.

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