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The Hottest Farmers Markets In (and Around) San Francisco

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There are any number of reasons to love Northern California — a vibrant food scene, sunny days in January, redwood forests, and rugged beaches just a few minutes’ drive from your doorstep. But for the food-inclined, California’s phenomenal produce is one of the biggest draws of all. The state’s history in cutting-edge agriculture and year-round mild temperatures means that there’s always something growing. And there’s nowhere better to experience the region’s bounty than at the Bay Area’s thriving farmers markets. Here are 12 of the best.

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1. Sunday Marin Farmers Market

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3501 Civic Center Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 472-6100
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A Marin institution, just a 20-minute drive over the Golden Gate, this Sunday market is the third-largest farmers market in California. More than 200 farmers and purveyors attend every week, with everything you could possibly want in your kitchen: atypical citrus like Buddha’s Hand and pink lemons from De Santis Farms, piles of salad greens from County Line Farms, and Nicasio Valley’s farmstead cheeses. Despite its suburban vibe and proximity to the city, 50 percent of Marin County land is agricultural, meaning many farmers are right on their home turf. Iconic vendors include Star Route Farms, California’s oldest organic farm, which happens to be right in the county.

A pile of eggplants for sale at the Sunday Marin Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Raddewey

2. Saturday Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market

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1947 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 548-3333
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Berkeley’s reputation as a liberal-minded, organic-loving enclave comes to life in its excellent farmers markets. Three weekly markets are operated by the nonprofit Ecology Center, which spearheads the Market Match Program, giving dollar-to-dollar matches for shoppers using SNAP that allow their funds to go that much further. Each market spotlights independent farmers like Annabelle Lenderink of La Tercera, selling lesser-known vegetables like the edible green shrub agretti and unfamiliar squashes; Efren Avalos of Avalos Farm who grows berries and vegetables; and Churchill-Brenneis Orchard who has unusual citrus and avocados. Don’t miss the prepared foods, either, like Nazifa Sidiq’s vegan Afghan flatbreads at Bolani.

3. Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market

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Lake Park Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(415) 472-6100
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Splash Pad Park is home to this vibrant city market in the heart of Oakland, held year-round every Saturday. While it’s a family event, with bouncy houses and live music, the farmers are top-notch, too. Well-known Bay Area favorites like Prather Ranch Meat Company and Happy Boy Farms are on the scene, with dozens of farmers and dozens more food purveyors joining them.

Bouquets of flowers for sale sit outside at the Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market, in Oakland, CA. Courtesy of Far Out Flora

4. Fort Mason Center Farmers Market

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Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94109
(925) 465-4690
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Another market that will make you grateful for Northern California, the Fort Mason market convenes weekly at the historic former army post, set right on the water with views of the Golden Gate (when the fog hasn’t kicked in). More than 35 vendors come together to sell their wares, like Bogdanich’s farm-grown dried fruits, a huge range of seasonal vegetables from Oya Organics, sourdough breads made from California grain at The Midwife and the Baker, and many more. Grab some fresh stone fruit or a gluten-free pastry and snack as you stroll along the waterfront. 

Two people talk at a stand at the Fort Mason Center Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Dennis Smith

5. Old Oakland Farmers Market

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(510) 745-7100
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With more than two decades of history, the Old Oakland Market in the city’s historic downtown is one of the best in the East Bay. You know you’ve landed in the right place when you’re alongside area chefs, many of whom shop the market in bulk. Bordering Oakland’s Chinatown, the market always has vegetables used in Chinese cuisine on offer, as well as orchard-fresh apples and stone fruit, and prepared foods ideal for a quick lunch.

6. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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One Ferry Building #50
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 291-3276
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Any day of the week, the Ferry Building is an eater’s destination, home to stalls and restaurants ranging from Hog Island Oyster to Cowgirl Creamery’s cheese shop. (And the idyllic waterfront is a draw in itself.) But on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, the surrounding plaza comes alive as one of the city’s best farmers markets. Saturday’s market, a tradition for more than 25 years, includes more than 100 vendors, selling everything from obscure stone fruit to organic specialty mushrooms. Local incubator La Cocina helped many of the food entrepreneurs at Ferry Plaza get their start, including Aedan Fermented Foods (small-batch miso), Bini’s Kitchen (Nepalese momos), and Crumble & Whisk (unusual cheesecakes). 

A small basket of wild mushrooms for sale at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Chris Goldberg

7. Clement St. Farmers Market

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Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 472-6100
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The best farmers markets are true community efforts, and it can feel like the entire Inner Richmond comes out for this weekly event. More than 50 farmers and purveyors descend on the neighborhood, selling everything from dry-farmed potatoes and juicy berries to savory hand pies and mango rose lassis. Low-key and accessible, it’s as conducive to serious shopping as it is to pleasant browsing. 

8. Heart of the City Farmers Market

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1 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 558-9455
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Farmer-owned and not-for-profit, Heart of the City is a San Francisco gem with a pro-social mission: serving the community’s farmers and low-income citizens together. With the largest farmers market EBT program in California, Heart of the City supplements state benefits with additional food assistance, to the tune of $1.5 million annually. Their diverse roster of farmers includes Ken Phan Farm, specializing in Vietnamese herbs; Bungcayao Farm, selling a huge array of vegetables used in various Asian cuisines; and Lao Xiong Farm, selling peanuts and okra and stalks of sugarcane. 

Customers walk through a row of stands at the Heart of the City Farmers Market in San Francisco, with the Capitol building in the background. Courtesy of Christina B. Castro

9. Mission Community Market

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84 Bartlett St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 291-3276
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A rare afternoon and evening market, the Mission Community Market (also known as Mission Mercado) reflects the neighborhood’s historically Latino population. The open-air market, founded in 2010, opens every Thursday at 4 p.m., hosting many popular Bay Area vendors (Far West Fungi, Twin Girls Farm) as well as unique stalls like Alejandro’s Trade, selling Latin American crafts. And if you’re craving empanadas, pupusas, or tacos, you’ve got plenty to choose from.

10. Noe Valley Farmers Market

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3861 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 248-1332
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The neighborhood of Noe Valley lost a community pillar when their beloved market, the Real Food Company, shut in 2003. So the locals came together to create the Noe Valley Farmers Market, still run by volunteers to this day. While smaller than many others, the vendors include local heavy hitters like Capay Organic (with a wide variety of organic vegetables) and Hidden Star Orchards (ciders, jams, and preserves). Great markets might not need hundreds of vendors — just a dozen great ones.

People walk through the stands at the Noe Valley Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Torbak Hopper

11. Alemany Farmers Market

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100 Alemany Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-9423
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Often called “the people’s market,” Alemany is the oldest farmers market in the state, a history it wears proudly. Born from wartime conditions in 1943, it was established by the Victory Garden Council to enable farmers to sell surplus crops. It’s since evolved into a comparatively affordable market beloved by locals. Some vendors sell their more cosmetic crops at Ferry Plaza and bring the rest, at a much lower price, to Alemany. The diverse selection of vendors includes independent growers like Apolinar Yerena of Yerena Farms, with berries, squashes, and squash blossoms, and Moua’s Farm, supplying daikon, taro, lemongrass, water spinach, and many other herbs and vegetables used in Southeast Asian cuisine. Don’t miss prepared foods like huaraches and pupusas, either.

Courtesy of James Cohen

12. Stonestown Farmers Market

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501 Buckingham Way
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 472-6100
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It’s one thing to grab a few apples or a bunch of kale and get right back on MUNI, but if you’re actually looking to do the week’s shopping at a farmers market, you’ll probably want to drive. And that’s a major highlight of the Stonestown Farmers Market on the city’s western edge — while still in San Francisco proper, it’s an open, family-friendly place where you’ll actually find a parking spot. And there’s no compromising on the vendors, which number more than 60 and include favorites like seasonal organic vegetables from Tomatero Farms, artisanal pastries from Portside Baker, and creamy cheeses and avocado honey from Stepladder Ranch.

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1. Sunday Marin Farmers Market

3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903
A pile of eggplants for sale at the Sunday Marin Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Raddewey

A Marin institution, just a 20-minute drive over the Golden Gate, this Sunday market is the third-largest farmers market in California. More than 200 farmers and purveyors attend every week, with everything you could possibly want in your kitchen: atypical citrus like Buddha’s Hand and pink lemons from De Santis Farms, piles of salad greens from County Line Farms, and Nicasio Valley’s farmstead cheeses. Despite its suburban vibe and proximity to the city, 50 percent of Marin County land is agricultural, meaning many farmers are right on their home turf. Iconic vendors include Star Route Farms, California’s oldest organic farm, which happens to be right in the county.

3501 Civic Center Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

2. Saturday Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market

1947 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Berkeley’s reputation as a liberal-minded, organic-loving enclave comes to life in its excellent farmers markets. Three weekly markets are operated by the nonprofit Ecology Center, which spearheads the Market Match Program, giving dollar-to-dollar matches for shoppers using SNAP that allow their funds to go that much further. Each market spotlights independent farmers like Annabelle Lenderink of La Tercera, selling lesser-known vegetables like the edible green shrub agretti and unfamiliar squashes; Efren Avalos of Avalos Farm who grows berries and vegetables; and Churchill-Brenneis Orchard who has unusual citrus and avocados. Don’t miss the prepared foods, either, like Nazifa Sidiq’s vegan Afghan flatbreads at Bolani.

1947 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704

3. Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market

Lake Park Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Bouquets of flowers for sale sit outside at the Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market, in Oakland, CA. Courtesy of Far Out Flora

Splash Pad Park is home to this vibrant city market in the heart of Oakland, held year-round every Saturday. While it’s a family event, with bouncy houses and live music, the farmers are top-notch, too. Well-known Bay Area favorites like Prather Ranch Meat Company and Happy Boy Farms are on the scene, with dozens of farmers and dozens more food purveyors joining them.

Lake Park Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

4. Fort Mason Center Farmers Market

Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109
Two people talk at a stand at the Fort Mason Center Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Dennis Smith

Another market that will make you grateful for Northern California, the Fort Mason market convenes weekly at the historic former army post, set right on the water with views of the Golden Gate (when the fog hasn’t kicked in). More than 35 vendors come together to sell their wares, like Bogdanich’s farm-grown dried fruits, a huge range of seasonal vegetables from Oya Organics, sourdough breads made from California grain at The Midwife and the Baker, and many more. Grab some fresh stone fruit or a gluten-free pastry and snack as you stroll along the waterfront. 

Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Old Oakland Farmers Market

Oakland, CA 94607

With more than two decades of history, the Old Oakland Market in the city’s historic downtown is one of the best in the East Bay. You know you’ve landed in the right place when you’re alongside area chefs, many of whom shop the market in bulk. Bordering Oakland’s Chinatown, the market always has vegetables used in Chinese cuisine on offer, as well as orchard-fresh apples and stone fruit, and prepared foods ideal for a quick lunch.

6. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

One Ferry Building #50, San Francisco, CA 94111
A small basket of wild mushrooms for sale at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Chris Goldberg

Any day of the week, the Ferry Building is an eater’s destination, home to stalls and restaurants ranging from Hog Island Oyster to Cowgirl Creamery’s cheese shop. (And the idyllic waterfront is a draw in itself.) But on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, the surrounding plaza comes alive as one of the city’s best farmers markets. Saturday’s market, a tradition for more than 25 years, includes more than 100 vendors, selling everything from obscure stone fruit to organic specialty mushrooms. Local incubator La Cocina helped many of the food entrepreneurs at Ferry Plaza get their start, including Aedan Fermented Foods (small-batch miso), Bini’s Kitchen (Nepalese momos), and Crumble & Whisk (unusual cheesecakes). 

One Ferry Building #50
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. Clement St. Farmers Market

Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

The best farmers markets are true community efforts, and it can feel like the entire Inner Richmond comes out for this weekly event. More than 50 farmers and purveyors descend on the neighborhood, selling everything from dry-farmed potatoes and juicy berries to savory hand pies and mango rose lassis. Low-key and accessible, it’s as conducive to serious shopping as it is to pleasant browsing. 

Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Heart of the City Farmers Market

1 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102
Customers walk through a row of stands at the Heart of the City Farmers Market in San Francisco, with the Capitol building in the background. Courtesy of Christina B. Castro

Farmer-owned and not-for-profit, Heart of the City is a San Francisco gem with a pro-social mission: serving the community’s farmers and low-income citizens together. With the largest farmers market EBT program in California, Heart of the City supplements state benefits with additional food assistance, to the tune of $1.5 million annually. Their diverse roster of farmers includes Ken Phan Farm, specializing in Vietnamese herbs; Bungcayao Farm, selling a huge array of vegetables used in various Asian cuisines; and Lao Xiong Farm, selling peanuts and okra and stalks of sugarcane. 

1 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Mission Community Market

84 Bartlett St, San Francisco, CA 94110

A rare afternoon and evening market, the Mission Community Market (also known as Mission Mercado) reflects the neighborhood’s historically Latino population. The open-air market, founded in 2010, opens every Thursday at 4 p.m., hosting many popular Bay Area vendors (Far West Fungi, Twin Girls Farm) as well as unique stalls like Alejandro’s Trade, selling Latin American crafts. And if you’re craving empanadas, pupusas, or tacos, you’ve got plenty to choose from.

84 Bartlett St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Noe Valley Farmers Market

3861 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
People walk through the stands at the Noe Valley Farmers Market in San Francisco. Courtesy of Torbak Hopper

The neighborhood of Noe Valley lost a community pillar when their beloved market, the Real Food Company, shut in 2003. So the locals came together to create the Noe Valley Farmers Market, still run by volunteers to this day. While smaller than many others, the vendors include local heavy hitters like Capay Organic (with a wide variety of organic vegetables) and Hidden Star Orchards (ciders, jams, and preserves). Great markets might not need hundreds of vendors — just a dozen great ones.

3861 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

11. Alemany Farmers Market

100 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110
Courtesy of James Cohen

Often called “the people’s market,” Alemany is the oldest farmers market in the state, a history it wears proudly. Born from wartime conditions in 1943, it was established by the Victory Garden Council to enable farmers to sell surplus crops. It’s since evolved into a comparatively affordable market beloved by locals. Some vendors sell their more cosmetic crops at Ferry Plaza and bring the rest, at a much lower price, to Alemany. The diverse selection of vendors includes independent growers like Apolinar Yerena of Yerena Farms, with berries, squashes, and squash blossoms, and Moua’s Farm, supplying daikon, taro, lemongrass, water spinach, and many other herbs and vegetables used in Southeast Asian cuisine. Don’t miss prepared foods like huaraches and pupusas, either.

100 Alemany Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Stonestown Farmers Market

501 Buckingham Way, San Francisco, CA 94132

It’s one thing to grab a few apples or a bunch of kale and get right back on MUNI, but if you’re actually looking to do the week’s shopping at a farmers market, you’ll probably want to drive. And that’s a major highlight of the Stonestown Farmers Market on the city’s western edge — while still in San Francisco proper, it’s an open, family-friendly place where you’ll actually find a parking spot. And there’s no compromising on the vendors, which number more than 60 and include favorites like seasonal organic vegetables from Tomatero Farms, artisanal pastries from Portside Baker, and creamy cheeses and avocado honey from Stepladder Ranch.

501 Buckingham Way
San Francisco, CA 94132

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