Living in California, we’re spoiled to be living near some of the best food the country has to offer, both restaurant-wise and, well, farm-wise.
Whether it’s fresh produce, locally-made cheese, artisanal bread, nuts, or local meat and seafood, you can pick up basically any product you need close to home. And it doesn’t get much fresher than picking up your ingredients for dinner at the farmers market on a sunny San Francisco day.
Take advantage of the bounty of our state by hitting up all of these farmers markets in the city.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
If you’re going to go to one farmers market in San Francisco, make it the iconic Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at the Ferry Building on a Saturday. It’s the perfect place for visitors and locals alike to spend the morning and early afternoon watching cooking demos from local chefs, grabbing breakfast or lunch from one of the vendors, and trying ALL of the samples. Saturdays, 8am to 2pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm, year-round.
Fort Mason Farmers Market
Setting up in the picturesque Marina, Fort Mason Farmers Market is a great place to grab ingredients for your Sunday night dinners. Grab a coffee from the Philz Truck and walk along Marina Blvd. to make a morning of pursuing through the over 35 vendors at this market. Sundays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, year-round.
Alemany Farmers Market
California’s first farmers market, Alemany Farmers Market opened to the public in 1943. And like the good ol’ days, this market boasts some of the more affordable prices in the city. You’ll likely spot a local chef picking out your dinner amongst the exotic ingredients at this market, too. Saturdays, dawn to dusk, year-round.
Mission Community Market
Perfect for those who can’t make a weekend or workday market, the stretch between Bartlett and 22nd streets in the Mission closes down Thursday nights to sell produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared foods (including local favorite Roli Roti). It’s all supported by local businesses in the Mission and through neighborhood efforts. The selling point? There’s also live music to entertain you while you shop. Thursdays, 4pm to 8pm, year-round (except for a six-week break during the winter).
Heart of the City Farmers Market
Like the Alemany Farmers Market, the Heart of the City Farmers Market is known as the “people’s market”. It’s independent, non-profit, and run by the very farmers who sell there. Plus, the prices at this grassroots farmers market are very affordable. Aside from the standard seasonal fare, you’ll find exotic Asian ingredients and prepared food vendors. Sundays, 7am to 5pm, Wednesdays 7am to 5:30pm, year-round.
Clement St. Farmers Market
Supported by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, the Clement St. Farmers Market serves the Central and Inner Richmond, Lake Street, and Laurel Heights neighborhoods. Pick up everything from grass-fed meats to locally-caught seafood to baked goods (including some amazing granola) and local honey. And don’t leave without a bouquet of freshly-cut flowers — the sweet smells will fill your home until it’s time to make another trip to the market. Sundays, 9am to 2pm, year-round.
Mission Bay at UCSF Farmers Market
Mission Bay is still a bit of a food desert, which makes this market particularly vital to the area. Students and doctors at UCSF can pop over to grab groceries or a farm-fresh meal during their lunch break. It doesn’t get much better than knowing exactly where your food is coming from. Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm, year-round.
Castro Farmers Market
Even if you don’t live in the Castro, it’s worth the trip to the neighborhood to check out this small, local market. Like the one in Mission, there’s live music and and a friendly, community vibe (you’ll feel it). Stock up on homemade iced teas and soaps and locally-sourced meat and seafood. Wednesdays, 4am to 8pm, March to November.
Stonestown Farmers Market
This market was named “Best Family-Oriented Farmers’ Market”, and for good reason. There’s plenty of room to move around (unlike the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market) and free parking (we know — it sounds too good to be true). And in addition to the usual suspects, you can pick up coffee, pickles and canned condiments, local seafood, and artisanal crafts and jewelry from over 65 vendors. Sundays, 9am to 1pm, year-round.
Crocker Galleria Farmers Market
Pop in during your lunch break on Thursdays to the Crocker Galleria Farmers Market. This small (but mighty!) market features over 15 artisan vendors and suppliers selling heirloom fruit varieties, Mission figs, and lots of organic berries that will brighten up your plate. Thursdays, 10am to 2pm, year-round.
Noe Valley Farmers Market
When we say that this local farmers market is a community effort — we mean it. After the sudden and unexpected closure of The Real Food Company in 2003, the neighborhood banded together and, with the help of sheer determination (and San Francisco farmers), created a market that’s been providing those living in and around the area with organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs ever since. Saturdays, 8am to 1pm, year-round.
Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market
This week, skip the grocery store and head to the Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market on Geary Blvd. at St. Josephs Ave. for farm-fresh, well… everything. It doesn’t get much better than coming home with a bag full of your favorite greens, vegetables, and fruits that are straight from the source. Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm, year-round.
Inner Sunset Farmers Market
Spend your Sunday mornings shopping alongside your neighbors at the Inner Sunset Farmers Market on Irving St. and 9th Ave. In addition to being the ideal place to pick up everything from crispy kale, colorful carrots, and purple broccoli, this farmers market hosts a Community@TheMarket program that curates fun events like kitchen and book swaps! Sundays, 9am to 1pm, year-round.
Divisadero Farmers Market
Once you’ve gotten a taste of the homemade jam, sauces, spreads, or empanadas from this farmers market on Grove and Divisadero streets, everything else will seem subpar. The seasonal and organic treats here are so good, we won’t judge if you only make it past a few stalls before you say screw it and dig into the fruit and veggie treats you just picked up. Sundays, 10am to 2pm, year-round.