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Jessie Rogers

Treat Mom Right! Mother’s Day Brunch, Flowers, Sweets & Gifts

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Mother’s Day is  Sunday, May 11th! We’ve got an array of great options to help make it special and memorable for your Mom. From the best local, artisan-made sweet treats and incredible sustainably-grown local flowers, to special sandwiches and Mom-worthy Brunch offerings, you can get it all at Bi-Rite Market. And why not spoil Mom with a bottle of bubbly?

 

Mothers Day Menu

The following items will be available all day Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11. 

House-Made Quiche with Roasted Wild Mushrooms,
Melted Leeks & 
Gruyère
$6.99/slice

Poached Prawns with Cocktail Sauce
$28.99/lb (3-4 servings/lb)

Happy Boy Farms Organic Sugar Snap Peas with Caramelized Organic Spring Cipollini Onions,
Fines Herbes & Toasted Almond
$13.99/lb

Brunch Specials

Available 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11
(or while supplies last)

Special Sandwich–only available at Bi-Rite Market 18th Street:
Smoked Trout Tartine with Fromage Blanc, Fried Egg & Shaved Asparagus
$9.99/each

Special Sandwich–only available at Bi-Rite Market Divisadero Street:
House-Made Buttermilk Biscuit with Ham, Egg & Cheese
$8.99/each

Strawberry Shortcake
Bi-Rite Creamery‘s House-Made Shortcake, Organic Local Strawberries & Vanilla Chantilly Cream
$6.99/each

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Don’t forget the Flowers!

We’ll have an amazing selection of flowers and will be on-hand to create custom bouquets and arrangements just for your Mom! Bouquets are arranged by our head florist Eleanor and her amazing team. This season Eleanor is especially excited about Canterbury Bells from Full Belly Farm, Sweet Peas and Sweet Williams from Devoto Gardens, Peonies, and Full Belly Farm‘s pre-arranged organic bouquets.

Celebrate Mom with Bubbles!

Trac recommends a couple of his current favorites as a sure way to let Mom know how much you care! And they both make great additions to our Mom’s Day Menu!

Raventos I Blanc “De Nit” Sparkling Rosado $24.99
Who needs Champagne when Cava can be as good as this? This Rosado has a touch of Mourvedre to give it a dry cherry note. A very pretty sparkler that is perfect for an elegant brunch or dinner!

Renardat-Fâche Bugey Cerdon $22.99
A delicious off-dry sparkler from a father and son team. It’s pairs lovingly with chocolate or strawberry and is wonderful coda to the perfect meal.

In our Grocery Department: Sweet Gifts for your Sweet Mom!

Gâté Comme des Filles Chocolates
16piecealexandraMom deserves the best and Gâté Comme des Filles is hands down the best chocolate we have ever tried! These locally-produced chocolates are made fresh to order using locally foraged ingredients.  The flavors peak within the first few days after production when the flavors in each box are expressed to their full potential. Each ganache is hand-whisked, creating a filling that is both fluffy and rich. Each box contains Meyer Lemon, Spearmint, Cherry, and Almond, and boxes are available in 4-piece, 9-piece, and 16-piece sizes. A truly special treat!

Poco Dolce Bittersweet Chocolate Tiles
Mom will love these handmade squares of bittersweet chocolate, each with its own unique inclusions.  Every Tile is crafted by hand here in San Francisco and finished with a pinch of Grey Sea Salt. Get them in 6-Piece or 8-Piece Assorted Tile packs, or 8-Piece Burnt Caramel Tiles size.

Neococoa Truffle Assortment Boxes
Excite Mom with Neococoa’s decadent handmade truffles.  These melt-in-your mouth ganache-based chocolate truffles come in 5 signature flavors:  almond butter with smoked sea salt, zested lime, mocha cinnamon, crushed cacao nib, and toasted coconut. In 5-piece and 10-piece Truffle Assortments!

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
Award-winning chocolate that uses the finest fair-trade cacao while performing all steps in-house to turn raw ingredients into one of our favorite chocolate bars. We know Mom will agree! In Fleur de Sel, Maple Coconut, and Belize Bar options.

Kusmi Tea
Mom will appreciate Kusmi Tea–they’ve been producing high quality tea for 140 years! Unique and hard to find, Kusmi Tea is a favorite among cosmopolitan tea lovers! Try the Russian Tins, One Moment Tins, or the Essentials Box!

Inna Jam
Brighten up your Mother’s Day Brunch with Inna Jam!  Inna makes fresh, seasonal jams from organic fruit sourced within 150 miles of their Emeryville kitchen.  Their single-varietal jams are crafted so that each fruit varietal’s unique essence shine through in bright flavors.

Rodney’s Granola
Add some crunch to your Mother’s Day Brunch! Rodney’s Granola is hand-made in small batches using the freshest ingredients. Made with lots of love at the Bi-Rite Creamery!

Robert Lambert Dark Fruit Cake
Surprise Mom with the best fruit cake she’ll ever try! Robert Lambert hand-picks all of his ingredients which are carefully sourced.   All of the candied fruit in each cake is hand-made by Robert and each cake is soaked in bourbon whiskey. Slice thinly while the cake is cool- we recommend serving it chilled.

 

 

 


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An Interview with Eleanor Gerber-Siff, Head Florist for Bi-Rite Market

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If you’ve ever passed by the front of Bi-Rite Market and wondered who is behind all of the incredible flowers, bouquets, branches, and seasonal greenery we offer, the answer is Eleanor Gerber-Siff. I sat down with Eleanor to talk about her approach and learn about the producers behind the movement toward local, organic, and sustainable floral.

 

Eleanor, who are you and what do you do?

I work for Bi-Rite Market as the Head Florist and Floral Buyer for Bi-Rite, covering both our 18th Street and Divisadero Street Markets.

Is that what you’ve always done for Bi-Rite? What is your background in flowers?

I’ve been working in flowers for about six years and I’ve been with Bi-Rite for about a year and a half. Before Bi-Rite, I worked in different flower shops and did some freelance work, including floral arrangements for weddings and events. For about a year and a half before I started at Bi-Rite, I worked with Rebekah Northway, also known as The Petaler, an incredibly talented local floral designer.  My work with her was focused on large-scale arrangements for her restaurant accounts.

Before I started working for Bi-Rite, the flowers we sold here were coming in through the Produce Department. There was no full-time staff devoted just to flowers. The Department just wasn’t up to par, and it didn’t make sense, considering how beautifully displayed everything else in the store is. I saw that there was an opportunity for Bi-Rite to make use of a full-time florist, and I convinced our Produce Buyer Simon and Sam Mogannam to let me be that florist. I haven’t looked back since!

How do you source the flowers we sell at Bi-Rite?

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I go to the San Francisco Flower Mart every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and order directly from vendors. Going to the market is a huge part of maintaining relationships with those vendors, and it helps me trust that they know their product and that I can rely on them. Because I maintain close relationships with them, I’m often able to get good deals on great flowers.

Plus, seeing the same people three times a week is fun!  The Flower Mart is a whole micro-community that operates for the most part before most people are even awake!  The market is housed in a big cement building at 6th and Brannan Streets in San Francisco, which takes up almost a whole city block. It doesn’t look good from the outside, but once you get inside, it’s filled with the most beautiful and unusual flowers and greens.

Having a market where I can pick things out personally is important because the good product varies from day to day. I work with what’s available and looks great, rather than sticking to a set list of specific flowers I’m going to buy.

I also work with several farms that grow flowers and also sell us lots of other kinds of produce. That’s a special thing about working for Bi-Rite; I have access to these great local farms and the amazing flowers they grow. The Flower Mart doesn’t source those flowers, so I feel fortunate that I can get them for our guests. These farms are organic and use sustainable growing practices, so their flowers are better across the board – better for the people that grow them, better for me and my flower crew, and better for our guests. They’re creating a new flower economy based on principles of sustainability, and it shows in the flowers! They tend to be happier and more beautiful. An organic flower looks better than one that’s been sprayed with chemicals, and you don’t have to worry about sticking your nose right in there. I get to communicate with our flower farmer vendors several times a week, and that’s a good way to feel connected to something that’s growing – to stay close to the person who’s growing it.

There are three farms from which I get the biggest volume of flowers. Thomas Farm, in Aptos– they’re Certified Organic and grow mostly flowers.  Full Belly Farm–also Certified Organic; Bi-Rite gets lots of produce from them and they’re super awesome people. And Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma. They’re not certified organic but they use organic growing practices.

We work with some smaller farms as well – Blue House Farm and Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero and Little City Gardens, which is actually in San Francisco – it’s a two-acre organic farm right here in the city. These farms grow some really unique fresh flowers.  Last year, Fifth Crow Farm had some Chinese Forget-Me-Nots that blew my mind.

How do you select the flowers you stock?

flowers1I’ve found I have a “Spidey Sense” about flowers. That’s part of what I bring to this job. I follow my intuition and in a room full of flowers, I pick out what I feel our guests will be most excited about.

My job is exciting because I also get to work directly with a bunch of local flower farms – our guests are cool and they respond to that. That’s something I want to educate more people about, because most of us aren’t necessarily thinking about farm-direct or organic flowers.  Many Bay Area folks think and care deeply about where their food comes from and how it’s produced.  I’d like to increase awareness about the benefits of local, organic flowers to ourselves and our community.  Organic, sustainably grown flowers promote the health and well-being of the people that are growing the flowers and of everyone who comes into contact with them.  What’s the first thing you do when someone hands you a bouquet of flowers?  You stick your nose in it and take a big whiff!  You don’t want gross chemicals in your lungs or in your home. Because they are not food, there is far less regulation on the chemicals people use on flowers than on produce, and this is especially true of flowers shipped in from countries outside the U.S.

What kinds of flowers do you personally like, and how do you prefer to arrange them?

My favorite flowers are ones that have a wild look to them.  Things that are slightly weird, too…or off, or crooked, or have a weird seed pod – I just like things that are unusual! I love that nature makes strange stuff and I like things that are a little bit ugly as much as I like things that are pretty.  Right now I’m really excited about all of the insane Ranunculus we’ve been getting in, especially the ones we get from Full Belly Farm in Guinda, California.

Every day that I work, there’s always one single flower that’s the best of the day. My Instagram is full of those “one best flowers.” I admit I’m a flower nerd…I care about them, so I think about them all the time.

My arranging style is a hodgepodge of ideas and techniques I’ve gathered from different places I’ve worked, but also from just experimenting on my own. I know what I like and let that guide me. I know it when I see it.

What floral services does Bi-Rite offer? Do you have anything special planned for Easter?

We offer custom floral work for any occasion – weddings, parties, events, and gifts. This week I’m doing

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flowers for a wedding as well as a dinner for 18 Reasons. We’re looking to do more stuff like that.  I love working with a client to create a beautiful event filled with flowers.

For Easter, we’ll have a table out in front of Bi-Rite Market 18th Street all day on Saturday, April 19th from 9am to 9pm. On Easter Sunday, we’ll be out there from 9am to 5pm. We’ll be doing custom floral arrangements in whatever way you need for your Easter celebration, so stop by and say hi to us.

We also make bouquets, pre-made and custom, and we have a wide variety of flowers for sale by the bunch and by the stem. Every single day you can see a beautiful array of flowers out in front of our 18th Street Market, and you can usually find me around there tending to the flowers and making floral arrangements.

I’m always available to work with our guests on anything related to flowers. And you can call either of our Markets to ask questions, place an order or try to track me down. Talking about flowers is what I love to do!


Eleanor

New Blooms: Local Dahlias, Peonies, and Flowering Artichokes

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New at 18th Street and Divisadero are a range of locally-grown flowers in a palette of brilliant pink, red, gold, and purple.

DahliasCloseupDahlias are beginning to reach their ideal size and color for the season. Just in today are dahlias from Lupe Farms in Daly City, a local grower we love.  Lupe Rico has just a couple acres of land, and uses it to grow dahlias ($9.99/bunch), hydrangea ($14.99 for a big beautiful bunch), strawflower ($7.99/bunch), and many other blooms. Dahlias will continue to come in over the next couple of weeks, so expect lots of different colors and varieties soon.

Peonies2Peonies ($3.99/stem) are still blooming strong, including my favorite, the coral charm variety.

ArtichokeCloseup1Another cool find at the flower market this morning: flowering artichokes! These large blooms are a brilliant neon violet and make a real impact as a single stem or in a bouquet . ($4.99/stem).

Stop by for a bunch!