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Better Pastries in FiDi

Yes, the San Francisco Farmers' Market at Crocker Galleria has Esther's German Bakery on Thursday along with Bay Bread. Tuesday's seasonal summer farmers' market (June - September) has Flourchylde bakery, which is gluten free. Hope this helps.

Bay Bread
2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Esther's German Bakery
987 N San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022

Esther's German Bakery
570 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA

San Francisco Farmers' Market at Crocker Galleria
50 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Visiting SF with 3 "food obsessed" daughters in May.

Best vegetarian meal I've ever had was at Greens Restaurant in Fort Mason Center. It's a bit pricy, but worth it. If you want a farmers' market within walking distance of Union Square, try the Crocker Galleria market on Thursdays from 11 - 3. It has some quality vendors, limited prepared food, but and great place to people watch the financial district on its lunch break. If you want to make the trip across the bay, Chez Panisse is another high quality restaurant (albeit quite pricy). Hope this helps.

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Crocker Galleria
360 Degree Gourmet Burrito, San Francisco, CA 94102

So we went to farmers market to buy some fish.....................

I think that the meat is different than fish in this respect because meat must be processed at a special facility (butchering, freezing, and packing), not by the farmers that raise the animals. Fish can be processed in a certified commercial kitchen, so probably don't need the same sort of tracking. It's a bit hard to say, as it's like comparing apples and oranges (for lack of a better farming metaphor). Also, each vendor has their own way of merchandising their products. So some may label after preparation in a commercial kitchen, where others don't as they aren't required to since their product is not customer self serve.
Hope this helps a bit!

So we went to farmers market to buy some fish.....................

There is no special exemption for labeling. Just think of the situation a bit differently. At a farmers' market, sales are through a transaction with an attendant. This is much like the butcher at the supermarket, whose fish is not labeled or individually wrapped. These sorts of sales of fish at a farmers' market are not a self service setup that require individual labeling. We've also found that labels have not held up in the ice bath solution that the fish vendors keep their fish at prescribed temperature in. What kind of information would you like presented with the fish? I help run both the Mountain View and Diablo Valley Farmers' Markets and can put a word in to see what can be done cost effective for the vendor.

David Gerhard
Director of Communications
California Farmers' Markets Association

rockridge cafe in oakland

I was equally unhappy with Rockridge Cafe. A new place further down College at Ashby is the Summer Kitchen Bake Shop. This place pulls at my local heartstrings because they source where their food is from. They weren't overly friendly, but this may be become the norm for the area in (my recent experiences).
I got their version of a BLT and LOVED it. Seating is limited, but the food is good. Pricey, but good.

Summer Kitchen Bake Shop
2944 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Need recommendations for Oakland trip Dec 27 -30- nothing elegant!

I agree with this post completely. I live dangerously close to Tara's. La Farine and Cole coffee pretty much make my day whenever I have them.

Emeryville: Bailey's On 65th revamps - brisket sandwich, brunch SOS

I live a mile from there. I'll try it soon... That last sentence was the clincher.