May 19, 2017

Farmers Markets… a list and guide.

May 19, 2017

Farmers Markets… a list and guide.

SF has so many places that offer fresh local produce that it’s possible to visit a different famers’ market nearly every day of the week. Beyond shopping for fruits and veggies, some of these community gatherings offer cooking demonstrations, free tastings, and even live music.

Although some of the farmers’ markets in SF are year-round, others are seasonal and are only open beginning in the spring through the late fall season.

Whether you are looking to buy some fresh-cut flowers or simply want to grab your weekly batch of vegetables, there are plenty of different locations throughout the city.

To help SF citizens and visitors better understand their options, we put together a list of the best farmers’ markets San Francisco has to offer. These destinations are sorted by frequency and day of the week.


Photo: Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. Credit: Amanda Lynn Photogaphy

Ferry Plaza
1 Ferry Building
Tuesday & Thursday (10am-2pm), Saturday (8am-2pm)

The Goat Festival at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market

Fourth Ave and Geary
3931 Geary Blvd
Everyday (8am-8pm)

  • This cash-only spot offers plenty of veggies
  • A daily source for seasonal produce

Heart of the City
United Nations Plaza
Wednesday (8am-5pm) & Saturday (8am-5:30pm)

  • A smaller market with reasonable prices
  • Offers dried fruits and tasty tamales


50 Fremont St
Monday (11am-3pm)

  • Open air market sells food and flowers including orchids
  • Fruits, nuts, and vegetables, artisan foods, hummus, vegan granola, and tofu products are all part of the finds here

Photo: City Bees at Castro Farmers’ Market

288 Noe St
Wednesday (4-8pm)

  • Begins in March and runs through November
  • Find fruits and vegetables, along with meat, fish, baked goods

Mission Bay (UCSF)
550 Gene Friend Way
Wednesday (10am-2pm)

  • Opens in April and closes in December
  • Offers items like almond milk, bread, granola, and veggies

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Farmers Market
Geary St. at St. Joseph’s St. (Kaiser Hospital at 2425 Geary St.)
Wednesday (10am-2pm)

  • Kaiser Permanente hosts farmers’ markets near their facilities as a kind gesture to employees and the local community
  • Visitors can park at the Kaiser Hospital Garage at 2190 O’Farrell St.

Parnassus (UCSF)
505 Parnassus Avenue
Wednesday (10am-3pm)

  • Nearly year-round, beginning in mid-January and open until December
  • Hosted in partnership with the UCSF Mission Bay market

Produce Market on the Square
1111 O’Farrell Street
Wednesday (11am-12pm)

  • Located inside the Urban Life Center Auditorium
  • Offers fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs

Crocker Galleria
50 Post St
Thursday (11am-3pm)

  • Essential fruits and vegetables are on sale
  • You can also pick up dinner items

Photo: The market manager of Mission Community Market. According to Mission Community Market, 72% of U.S. farm workers are immigrants, half are undocumented.

Mission Community Market
Mission & 22nd Street
Thursday 4pm-8pm

  • Transforms into an open-air marketplace one per week open March to November
  • A variety of vendors offer quality produce, cheeses, and baked goods

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
Thursday (10am-3pm)

  • Year-round entertainment with bakery and pies
  • Occasionally offers cooking demonstrations


1730 O’Farrell St,
Saturday (9am-1pm)

  • Weekly gathering near Japantown
  • Has a broad selection of cheese, bread, vegetables and fruit

100 Alemany Blvd
Saturday (6am-1pm)

  • One of the larger community gatherings in the city, this market first opened back in 1943
  • The best part about this market is the affordable prices and broad selection of produce

Photo: Noe Valley Farmers’ Market

Noe Valley
3861 24th St
Saturday (8am-1pm)

  • Local vendors sell farm-fresh fare, handmade goods, and street eats
  • Musicians play on-site, offering a nice aura to the experience

Grove St. at Divisadero (Alamo Square)
Sunday (10am-2pm)

  • Year-round shopping for seasonal fruits and veggies
  • Other items include local goods like honey, eggs, and artisan cheese

501 Buckingham Way
Sunday (8:30am-1pm)

  • Considered one of the best family-oriented markets in the city
  • Offers over 65 vendors selling everything from produce to pickled goods, and jewelry

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
2 Marina Blvd
Sunday (9:30am-1:30pm)

  • Located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • Features more than 35 farmers and food purveyors

Clement Street Farmers’ Market, Photo Yelp: Adam S.

Clement Street
Clement St & 3rd Ave
Sunday (9am-2pm)

  • Wide variety of items such as local organic produce, meats, bread, plants and fresh-cut flowers
  • Stalls serve prepared foods like breakfast burritos, Indian food, and chai teas

Inner Sunset
1315 8th Ave
Sunday (9am-1pm)

  • Fruits and veggies vary with the season
  • Unique items like empanadas, pupusas, honey, and jams


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