The city by the bay has a reputation for some of the finest farmers markets in the country, showcasing spring asparagus and strawberries through autumn chanterelles and figs. As noted at the beginning of the pandemic, the city’s local farmers’ markets never shut down as essential businesses, and remain a safe option to shop in the open air. Many stay open year round, although a few close down in the winter. But all tend to shake off the chill and get bigger and better in the spring, with more vendors and fresh options, starting with those first shoots of asparagus that break ground surprisingly early, and swinging into the full array with sweet strawberries as days get longer. Hours for each market are typically in the morning; consult individual market websites for the most updated schedule.Read More
13 Fresh Farmers Markets in San Francisco
Where to shop for spring asparagus, artichokes, and avocados right now
1. Fort Mason Center Farmers' Market
One of the prettiest markets in the city, Fort Mason boasts a view of the bay and bridge. More than 35 stands serve up prime picnic materials customers can take to walk over to Marina Green.
2. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
The big market that takes over the plaza surrounding the Ferry Building is a SF landmark and destination, acclaimed as one of the best farmers markets in the country. Tuesdays are slightly smaller, Thursdays serve up more street food, and Saturdays are the big scene. Slide in early with the chefs to grab the best veggies.
Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
3. Fillmore Farmers' Market
The Fillmore neighborhood market keeps swinging year round, featuring local farms and ranches, as well as live jazz in the plaza.
4. Clement St. Farmers Market
Out in the avenues, the Clement Street market takes over several wide city blocks, serving up a generous selection of Asian produce. It’s not unusual to see a line down the block for the best baby bok choy.
5. VA San Francisco Farmer's Market
San Francisco, CA 94121
Way out west, this smaller market gathers at the former military fort turned medical center, serving up fresh veggies to patients, staff, and the outer neighborhood.
6. Heart of the City Farmers' Market
Situated right in the middle of downtown at Civic Center Plaza, this farmers market has the distinction of being the only independent, farmer-operated, and nonprofit in the city, with the mission of serving low-income neighborhoods. It was featured in the SF rom-com Always Be My Maybe, and bicycle delivery legend Fruit Jesus is a regular.
Days: Wednesdays, Sundays
7. Divisadero Farmers' Market
This cute neighborhood market is tucked just off the bustle of Divisadero, over by the DMV, and features a couple dozen local farms, creameries, and bakeries.
8. Castro Farmers’ Market
The Castro’s neighborhood market closes up shop for the winter, but it is back in action starting Wednesday, March 17, serving up spring produce, farmstead meat, and baked goods.
9. Inner Sunset Farmers' Market
The Inner Sunset neighborhood market takes over a Muni parking lot at 9th and Irving, and offers fresh veggies, eggs, and honey year round.
10. Mission Community Market
San Francisco, CA 94110
The Mission’s neighborhood market is run by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the same org that manages the big market outside the Ferry Building. It reopened for spring on Thursday, March 11, with more than 20 vendors, including pastured eggs and fresh tortillas.
11. Noe Valley Farmers Market
The small children and canines of Noe Valley love to congregate at the farmers’ market (toddlers inside, puppies outside). Taking over the town square, the dozen or so vendors are open rain or shine.
12. Alemany Farmer's Market
Sometimes called “the people’s market,” and originally founded in 1943 as a Victory Garden wartime effort, Alemany is the oldest farmers market in San Francisco, and supposedly the state of California.
13. Stonestown Farmers Market
San Francisco, CA 94132
The Stonestown market helps feed families on the west side, tucked in behind the mall, with plenty of parking available.