Ferry Building/Farmers Market, Lunch and TCHO tour

We'll shop the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Saturday Farmers Market, have lunch, then walk to the TCHO chocolate factory for a tour and tasting.   

Meet: Meet at the Ferry Building at 10:30 am.  Meet in front of the silver spaceship art work a little to the right of the Building (as you are looking at the water).  

Shop: We'll shop till about noon then stow our purchases in the car. List of shops here www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com, plus the outdoor farmers market is set up on Saturday.  I'll bring a cooler for the car where we can put purchases.  If you drive yourself, consider doing the same.  They also have a vegie valet, but they might close at 2 before we get back from the tour.

Lunch: Lunch will be at MarketBar at 12:15. On weekends, they have a more limited brunch menu, which includes both breakfast and lunch items, but I think there is enough on it to keep everyone happy. See menu here www.marketbar.com.

TCHO Tour: TCHO makes excellent chocolate and they have a one hour tour of their factory and store located on Pier 17. Tour starts at 2 and we need to arrive by 1:50. It's a short walk from the Ferry Building. It is not an extensive factory, so the actual tour is pretty short, but you learn a lot about chocolate making and get to sample (yay!). They do have some specifics you need to know: NO open-toed shoes; NO jewelry, watches, or any loose objects, including cameras and cellphones (can be put in pockets); NO backpacks or purses, you will be required to leave them in a bin. I plan to leave mine in the car with my shopping purchases and just carry my lunch money and phone in my pocket. TCHO will provide a har net and earplugs, which must be worn.

Carpool: Meet at the 280/Arastradero/Page Mill park and ride at 9:15 am. I will drive for sure and can take up to five passengers.  Maybe leave a comment if you plan to carpool so we know who to expect. We might need another driver, so I'll bring a map and written driving instructions. 

Parking: I plan to park at the 75 Howard Garage (from Embarcadero, heading north towards the Ferry Building, turn left on Howard, you can't miss it on your left).  On Farmers Market days, the first four hours are a flat rate of $6 and it is self-park, so we can find the car later to put stuff in. Each 30 minutes after is $6, so I think total will be about $24, which carpoolers can share.  Other parking options, are the surface lot at the corner of Embarcadero and Washington, although there are limited spaces and I'm not sure of price.  Also may be full by the time we get there. The Golden Gateway garage is located at Washington/Clay/Drumm/Battery and costs $7 per hour.    

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  • Barb H.

    Lori set up a great tour. It was wonderful and the planning was excellent. I enjoyed the lunch and meeting some new people

    January 22, 2013

  • Mary H.

    Our day at the Ferry Bldg was a lot of fun! Thank you, Lori, for organizing a great day.

    January 21, 2013

  • MARCIA

    One of my favorite places, so it was fun to share it with the Rambler ladies! Perfect weather and a great lunch spot, and the chocolate factory tour was fun and informative-thanks, Lorie!

    January 21, 2013

  • Dawn

    A perfect day with beautiful weather, farmers market, ferry building, delicious lunch and then the fantastic tour the chocolate factory. Thank-you Lori for organizing this fun outing.

    January 19, 2013

  • Monica

    Wonderful time! Thanks, Lori for arranging!

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very well organized, thank you

    January 19, 2013

  • Mary H.

    If you don't see me at the Pagemill carpool, I'll be taking Bart to the
    Ferry Building. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    January 18, 2013

    • Barb H.

      Mary, are you going out of the Fremont Station. I am going to be on the 9:30a Daly City train if you are.

      January 19, 2013

  • Lori T

    My cell is[masked] if anyone needs it.

    January 19, 2013

  • Margaret

    Hi, I will be at the carpool site at 9:15

    January 18, 2013

  • Sharon

    Hi Lori. Thanks for organizing this outing. I'll be meeting up with the group at MarketBar at 12:15 p.m.
    Looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up.
    Sharon

    January 17, 2013

    • Dawn

      Will be great to see you Sharon.

      January 17, 2013

    • Sharon

      Thanks, Dawn. Can't wait to see everyone!

      January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to our day in the city. Have room in my car if anyone still needs a ride? Then from SF I will go on to Berkeley will not be available for a ride back. Look forward to seeing everybody. Maia

    January 17, 2013

  • Dawn

    Really looking forward to seeing you all and this fun outing. I'll be carpooling with Becky from Los Gatos and we'll stop at the carpool location to pick up two more. Thanks Lori.

    January 17, 2013

  • Barb H.

    When I took classes at the UC Berkeley extension at 425 Market St, there was an all day garage for $10 on the weekend. It is about a 6 or 7 minute walk down market to the Ferry Building. That may be an option for the suggested lot is full.

    January 15, 2013

    • Lori T

      Thanks for the tip Barb, I will check out the garage information. If the vegie valet closes before we will back from the tour, you can store your purchases in my car.

      January 15, 2013

  • Barb H.

    I am going to come in by BART, so if I can store my purchases somewhere, it will greatly be appreciated.

    January 15, 2013

  • Lori T

    Oh, I forgot to say, Restaurant will give us only 2 checks, so try to have cash to pay for lunch if you can. Thanks!

    January 14, 2013

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