Beginning March 10, the Ferry Building will boast another outdoor dining option, this time from longtime tenant Frog Hollow Farm. The farm, known far and wide for its delectable stone fruit, jams and pastries, is expanding into the great outdoors with the addition of 24 seats to the patio area directly outside their shop. They'll finally take advantage of the stunning Bay Bridge views outside their market stall, while offering diners the chance to enjoy their farm-fresh wares (without the work of preparing it at home).
In preparation, farmer Al Courchesne has added a half-acre of vegetables and herbs to provide the cafe with ingredients, in addition to the 143 acres dedicated to his beloved stone fruit. The menu will include seasonal soup, pizza, empanadas, sandwiches and a farmer's snack plate filled with cheese, jellies and seasonal pickled vegetables. In addition to the new savory items, they'll also serve their standard array of pastries from Becky Courchesne, including scuffins (a scone/muffin hybrid stuffed with preserves), scones, and an assortment of cookies. And because patios are basically made for happy hour, they also plan to serve a selection of beer and wine. Beer aficionados can expect a special addition later this summer, when ThirstyBear rolls out an organic beer made from Frog Hollow's nine-acre barley crop.
In the coming months, expect more (and nicer) seating, as well as an entrance directly from the shop to the patio. The cafe will open from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. every day (except Sunday).