FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 23, 2013 –
Follow us around Northern California for a minute:
First, think of the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The former transit center has been overhauled, and it has become a hub for both locals and tourists who are in search of something good to eat. There are high-end produce stands, seafood selections, chocolates, bread, meats, sweets and specialty items, as well as restaurants. There’s also a great weekly farmers market, with seasonal offerings from tangerines to freshly-shucked oysters.
The common theme at the Ferry Building is the world class agriculture and fishing grounds of Northern California. In other words, locally-grown food.
Now, step inside the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.
In a way, this is a spinoff of the Ferry Building. Here, near the Napa River are more gourmet treats, including fish, espresso, greens, cupcakes, fine cheeses and specialty restaurants.
Next, consider what the mayors of West Sacramento and Sacramento are up to.
West Sacramento’s Mayor Christopher Cabaldon wants to make this city a “hub” for the food business. Sacramento’s Kevin Johnson wants to make his town a “Farm to Fork Capital,” bringing locally-grown food to local tables.
Keeping all this in mind, take a look at what’s going on in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. This mixed-use, urban development between the freeway and Tower Bridge will boast a presence that celebrates the river and the Sacramento skyline. Parts of it will have an outdoor atmosphere not so different from the San Francisco Embarcadero.
It’s the perfect place for another mini-Ferry Building and the best farmers market in the Central Valley, don’t you think?
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