Farmers Market Tour & Cooking Class
$175 per person
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class, you will:
- Learn about the farming practices and produce from a variety of local farmers
- Understand seasonality and know when to select products at their peak
- Know how to highlight farm fresh ingredients in seasonal recipes
About This Class
Anyone who draws kitchen inspiration from a farmers’ market knows the value of a few tips to make shopping, and cooking, as easy as possible. We’ll meet at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and take you on a guided shopping trip. You’ll meet farmers, pick out produce, bread, proteins, and enjoy a few tastes along the way. When we’re done shopping, we’ll head back to SFCS to prepare dishes with the bounty we’ve purchased.
Instead of being dependent on recipes, you’ll learn how to cook from the market with the best ingredients the season has to offer.
Note: transportation is not included in class. Students will meet and park at the Ferry Building and arrange for transportation back to SFCS. Carpools back to the school from Ferry Building may be arranged, and BART is also an easy option from Embarcadero to Civic Center.
You’ll prepare a three-course meal using seasonal produce
- Wine included
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Ages 18+
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.
After earning a professional culinary certificate from San Francisco Cooking School, Margie founded Local Flavor, a personal chef company providing small event catering services, in-home cooking classes, and recipe testing & development. When she is not in the kitchen cooking, she can be found with local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman learning about their craft and products or cultivating her backyard vegetable and fruit garden. In addition to teaching cooking classes, Margie also helps in the vegetable garden at the local homeless shelter.