It's never been easier to eat local. With top-notch farmers markets nationwide, shopping for homegrown produce and sustainably raised meats is now more accessible than ever. Not only do these markets offer an abundance of incredible products for reasonable prices, they often make for a fun family event. Live music, petting zoos and kid-friendly workshops abound with chef demos and canning sessions. Hungry? These markets also offer some of the best street food in the country to tide you over until you get home and start prepping your bounty of heirloom tomatoes, obscure micro greens and foraged mushrooms.Read More
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Heart of The City Farmers Market
Known as “The People’s Market” for its grassroots approach, this bi-weekly market brings high-quality, yet affordable produce to consumers. Open on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the year, the market is housed in the United Nations Plaza. They are SF’s only independent, farmer-operated, non-profit market.
Ecology Center Farmers Market, Berkeley
This family-friendly market has three locations in the Berkeley area. All of the markets support small farms that practice sustainable agriculture and sell locally grown produce, meat, cheese, breads, and more. The market hosts live music throughout the year.
Mission Bay Farmers Market at UCSF
Situated on the UCSF campus, this weekly, mid-sized market runs every Wednesday from April to December and starts at 10:00 am. The market provides local produce and products to the Mission Bay and Dogpatch neighborhoods of the city.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
With breathtaking views of the Bay, this “landmarket” is one of the most famous in the country and is known for its diverse selection of products. In addition to SF top chefs shopping for their restaurants, over 25,000 shoppers pass through the space each week. The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. On Thursdays, there is a plethora of street food available including wood-fired pizza, grilled meats, and tacos.
Fort Mason Center's Farmers Market
Located right next to the water in the Marina, this Sunday market not only offers locally sourced fare, but also jaw-dropping views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The market attracts a local crowd and has a more relaxed vibe than some of that larger venues in town and has a great selection of local produce.
Stonestown Farmers Market
Recently hailed as “San Francisco’s Best Family-Oriented Farmers Market” by SF Weekly, the Stonestown market serves the west side of the city. Situated at the Stonestown Galleria, the Sunday market showcases locally grown sustainable and organic produce as well as fresh seafood, meats, eggs, and dairy. They also have a good selection of prepared food vendors including the likes of Happy Dumpling.
Alemany Farmers Market
The Alemany Farmers’ Market was founded in San Francisco in 1943 and was the first farmers market in California. It prides itself on being the only city-run farmers market in town and keeping things reasonably priced. The market is open every Saturday rain or shine and connects urban customers with smaller farms across the state, many of whom have been selling there for two to three generations.