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Jessie Rogers

Celebrate Mom with our Menu, Gift Ideas, Flowers & More!

MomImageCelebrate Mom! Show her how much you appreciate her with a delicious meal, unforgettable artisan chocolates, bright spring blossoms, sumptuous body butter, a great bottle of wine, and more!

 

Many items are available for delivery in San Francisco in as little as an hour! Simply create an account on Instacart.com and visit our special Mother’s Day section in our online store!

 

Bi-Rite’s House-Made Mother’s Day Menu

Available Saturday, May 9 & Sunday, May 10
at both Bi-Rite Market Locations

House-Made Quiche with Roasted Mushrooms,
Melted Leeks & Gruyere
Whole 8″ Quiche / $16.99
By the Slice / $4.99

Poached Prawns with Cocktail Sauce
$24.99 / lb

Happy Boy Farms Organic Sugar Snap Peas with Spring Onions,
Fines Herbs & Toasted Almonds
$13.99 / lb

 Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli
$7.99/ea

 Tandoori Chicken Salad with Toasted Millet,
Cous Cous, Currants & Ras el Hanout
$12.99/lb

Last Chance to Get Mom “Blitzed”!
Save 20% on mixed cases of wine, including all Mom’s faves,
NOW through May 3 at our Spring Wine Blitz!

Mom-Worthy Desserts

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Bi-Rite Creamery Strawberry Shortcakes
Bag of 4 cakes / $6.99

pair them with

a rich, mildly-sweet substitute for whipped cream
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Bi-Rite Creamery Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Small Pie / $12.99 (serves 3-4)
Large Pie / $24.99 (serves 6-8)

Special Treats for your Awesome Mom

New at Bi-Rite: Flying Noir Art & Chocolate!
Nuanced and unexpected, each Flying Noir Art & Chocolate box is a composition of
flavor, texture, color, and pattern, created by artist and chocolatier
Karen Urbanek in Emeryville, CA. Crafted from fresh, organic, locally-sourced ingredients and hand-painted with natural colors,and with reusable packaging that features original artwork
by local artists with developmental and other disabilities.

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Flying Noir Art & Chocolate 6-piece Box
 6 pieces of sumptuous ganache.
$19.99

Flyng Noir Art & Chocolate 9-Piece Box
An art composition in a box.
2 miniature hand-painted and enrobed fine chocolate bars.
$29.99

Flying Noir Art & Chocolate Survival Tin
6-pieces:  3 solid flavored chocolates and 3 enrobed gems.
Don’t leave home without it!
$19.99


New at Bi-Rite! Cocokind Skincare
Certified Organic and socially-conscious, chemical-free and cruelty-free
skincare products, based around virgin coconut oil.
Cocokind Organic All-Purpose Salve / $11.99
Cocokind Organic Skin Butter / $14.99

Mixed Bouquets from Full Belly Farm
Certified Organic flowers from California’s beautiful Capay Valley
$14.99 / bouquet
Looking for a Fresh Custom Bouquet for Mom?
Our Floral Team can create a beautiful arrangement
of local, organic, and sustainably-grown spring flowers!
Just stop by their table in front of the Markets on Mother’s Day weekend!
Saturday, May 9: 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, May 10: 9:00am to 6:00pm

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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!


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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!