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Funcheap’s Guide to Farmers’ Markets

Our full guide to 22 different farmers’ markets for every season in San Francisco and beyond.
By - posted 2/8/2012

Sample stone fruit, samosas or strawberry jam while supporting sustainable agriculture and locally-grown food with FuncheapSF’s list of nearby farmers’ markets selling everything from fresh produce to live ferns in plazas, parking lots and piers across the Bay Area.

Here’s our rundown of the best places to buy fresh fruit and veggies in San Francisco and nearby. And if we missed any, please leave us a comment below and we’ll add them!

Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market

Held three days out of the week, this waterfront market run by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture has over 120 food, fruit and vegetable vendors on Saturdays, a veggie valet that will bring your produce to your car for curbside pickup and the entire Bay as its beautiful backdrop.

Ferry Plaza (One Ferry Building, SF) | Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday | Year-Round | Tues/Thurs 10a-2p & Sat 8a-2p

UN Plaza Farmers’ Market

A bi-weekly bazaar committed to bringing local, sustainable food to San Francisco’s urban communities, this award-winning market, known for its affordable prices, is bringing both gourmet food purveyors and farm-grown produce to one of the city’s busiest plazas.

UN Plaza (1182 Market St., SF) | Every Sunday & Wednesday | Year-Round | Sun 7a-5p & Wed 7a-5:30p

Mission Community Market

A community-oriented market located in the heart of the Mission District, they also have performances by local musicians, youth art projects, a “play street” for the kids and sometimes even dance classes to make your produce shopping a little more pleasant.

Mission Community Market (Bartlett St. & 22nd St., SF) | Every Thursday | Year-Round | 4-8p

Kaiser Permanente Farmers’ Market

Check-up leave you not enough time to stop by the co-op? Then make a quick visit to the farmers’ market located outside of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center every Wednesday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Kaiser Permanente (2425 Geary St. at St. Joseph’s St., SF) | Every Wednesday | Year-Round | 10a-2p

Stonestown Farmers’ Market

Stop shopping for clothes and look for chanterelles and cobbler at SF Weekly’s “Best Family-Oriented Farmers’ Market” every Sunday at the Stonestown Galleria.

Stonestown Galleria (3251 20th Ave., SF) | Every Sunday | Year-Round | 9a-1p

Noe Valley Farmers’ Market

Organized in response to the closing of their nearby natural food store, the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market puts an emphasis on civic action and community through their weekly, year-round gatherings that features a rotating line-up of live musicians and vendors selling everything from radicchio to roti.

Noe Valley Ministry Parking Lot (3861 24th St., SF) | Every Saturday | Year-Round | 8a-1p

Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market

Come to the Glen Park BART Station in the south end of the city on Sundays to pick out some fresh chives and cherries instead worrying about your commute.

Glen Park BART Station (Bosworth St. & Arlington St., SF) | Every Sunday | May-November |10a-2p

Alemany Farmers’ Market

The Alemany Farmers’ Market, also known as “the people’s market” and the “granddaddy of all farmers’ markets,” is the oldest farmers’ market in the Bay Area and has provided fresh, affordable produce like peppers and pomelos to the San Francisco community since its founding in 1943.

1000 Alemany Blvd., SF | Every Saturday | Year-Round | Dawn-Dusk

Mint Plaza Farmers’ Market

Held from late summer till early fall, this farmers’ market in a sophisticated SoMa space also features noontime performances as a part of the People in Plazas concert series.

Mint Plaza (at 5th St., SF) | Every Friday | July-October | 11a-3p

Jack London Square Farmers’ Market

Start your Sunday right with a free 9:30 a.m. yoga session on the Market Green before you begin shopping for garlic or green beans at the Jack London Square Farmers’ Market, and afterwards check out the cooking classes, live local music and jump houses to occupy the kids while you shop for carrots.

Jack London Square (466 Water St., Oakland) | Sundays | Year-Round  | 9a-2p

Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Learn about sustainability while sampling strawberries at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. in downtown Berkeley. Run by the Ecology Center for over 20 years, this market puts a special emphasis on educating shoppers about responsible farming practices through special cultural and educational events scheduled throughout the year.

Peace Wall Park (Center St. & Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley) | Every Saturday | Year-Round | 10a-3p


Other Farmers’ Markets

North Beach Farmers’ Market

Mason St. (between Lombard St. & Columbus Ave., SF) | Every Sunday | May-October | 9a-1:30p

Mission Bay Farmers’ Market at UCSF

Gene Friend Way (between 3rd St. & 4th St., SF) | Every Wednesday | April-November | 10a-2p

UCSF Parnassus Farmers’ Market

UCSF (505 Parnassus Ave., SF) | Every Wednesday | Year-Round | 10a-3p

Crocker Galleria Farmers’ Market

Crocker Galleria (50 Post St., SF) | Every Thursday | Year-Round | 11a-3p

Castro Farmers’ Market

Castro District (Noe St. & Market St., SF) | Every Wednesday | March-December | 4-8p

Divisadero Farmers’ Market

Divisadero St. (at Grove St., SF) | Every Sunday | Year-Round | 10a-2p

Fillmore Farmers’ Market

Fillmore Center Plaza (O’Farrell St. & Fillmore St., SF) | Every Saturday | Year-Round | 9a-1p

Upper Haight Farmers’ Market

Upper Haight (Waller St. & Stanyan St., SF) | Every Wednesday | April-October | 4-8p

Fort Mason Farmers’ Market

Fort Mason Center (Marina St. & Buchanan St., SF) | Every Sunday | Year-Round | 9:30a-1:30p

Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

UN Plaza | Wednesdays 7a to 5:30p, Fridays 7a to 2:30p, Sundays 7a to 5p 

Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market

Parking Lot, South of Irving St. (between 8th Ave. & 9th Ave., SF) | Every Sunday | Year-Round | 9a-1p

Yerba Buena Lane

Yerba Buena Lane (at Market St., SF) | Every Tuesday | July-October | 2-6p


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