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Lunch at the Farmer’s Market

Today I met a friend for lunch at at The Plant Café Organic, Pier 3. Since it happened to be a Tuesday, I stopped by the Ferry Building Farmers Market before lunch to pick up some much-needed veggies. It was quite a sight for sore eyes. The sun was out, restaurants were buzzing with people and farmers displayed beautiful, fresh produce. I always like to stroll through the stands prior to purchasing anything to scope out the best looking produce and deals. It’s also a good idea to spark up conversations and ask about their farming practices. They may not be certified organic but practice organic farming as the certification can be too expensive for small farmers. I happened to find superb bunches of mustard greens, collard greens, carrots, cilantro, parsley and spinach all for just $11.25. Pretty good deal for both parties involved; while supporting a local farmer I took home some of the freshest produce available.

After a couple of samples, my stomach started growling so I headed over to The Plant Café Organic to meet an old friend for lunch. Since I am gluten free it is quite difficult to eat out, however, The Plant offers several gluten free options…even pizza! We started our meal with a couple of fresh juices. I ordered the green infusion, made with fresh carrot, beet, celery, kale, broccoli and ginger. To be honest the beets overpowered the other flavors. On a more positive note, it felt healthy going down. My friend ordered a skin refresher powered up with cucumber, apple and strawberry. It was delicious. I could see myself making that little concoction on a hot summer day.

As my main, I enjoyed the MNM salad with the fresh fish of the day, halibut. It was a spectacular salad; full of mixed greens, bell pepper, spinach, sunflower sprouts, carrot, broccoli, cabbage and a lemon flaxseed dressing. I substituted the dressing with a balsamic dressing due to a garlic allergy. Otherwise, it was a perfect lunch; bursting with flavor and vitamins. My lunch date ordered the fish taco plate and the red roasted beets. The tacos did not receive a very good review but the beet salad did. How can you go wrong with roasted beets, goat cheese, toasted walnuts and spring mix? You just can’t.

The Plant Café Organic has several locations in the Bay Area, even one at SFO! They are a sustainable restaurant that serves local and organic produce. They offer gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and options with meat. There’s a little something for everyone at this little gem of a restaurant.

All in all, we had a very pleasurable experience and look forward to next time.