The San Francisco Bay area truly has a deep love and appreciation for all of our local farms and food vendors, which you can catch at our many splendidly sunny farmers markets. Our region is blessed with some incredible agriculture, which creates the backbone of the California culinary approach, but you can use the freshest season ingredients in your own kitchen, too.
These famous neighborhood markets are the best not only for their overflowing fresh bounties, but also for their delightfully pleasant atmospheres, uniquely expansive selections, and vibrant community events. Support local farmers and artisans, and make these farmers' markets part of your weekly grocery shopping!
Foodwise Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market
One Ferry Building #50; 415-291-3276 / Website
If you happen to be along the Embarcadero on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, you definitely can not miss the Foodwise Farmer’s Market adorning the length of the iconic Ferry Building! Not only does it span the entire front with local fresh produce, but the path leading towards the back is filled with the most delectable food vendors, flower shops, and more. This is the perfect morning stop for a filling meal before exploring the rest of the area.
Clement St. Farmers’ Market
Clement St.; 415-472-6100 / Website
Over in the Richmond District, this famously expansive Sunday market on Clement Street takes up several blocks to offer a top-tier selection of baked goods, bouquets and authentic Asian produce. This neighborhood boasts a large Pan-Asian population, so you will find native fruits and vegetables for traditional dishes not commonly found at American grocery stores.
Castro Farmers’ Market
290 Noe St.; 800-949-3276 / Website
As if you needed another reason to head to the Castro! On Wednesdays you can find Noe Street lined up and down with those promising white tents offering bountiful tables of overflowing fresh picks. Artisanal pastries and even occasional live music are also highlights, making for a delightfully cute market in an already vibrant and sunny neighborhood.
Heart Of The City Farmers' Market
1 United Nations Plaza; 415-558-9455 / Website
Since 1981, the HoTC Farmer’s Market has been devoted to increasing access to fresh food to the surrounding low-income communities, rain or shine. Non-profit and independent, this long market on the Civic Center’s trademark cobblestone also promotes small vendors, and makes for the perfect shopping experience with City Hall magnificently in the background.
Fort Mason Center Farmers' Market
Marina Blvd.; 800-806-FARM / Website
Every Sunday, this bustling Fort Mason foodie wonderland boasts more than 35 vendors sourced from all over the greater Bay Area. With the glorious Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, shop in this historic battery and follow it up with a picnic on the Marina Green for a truly fresh and nourishing start to your Sunday.
Alemany Farmers’ Market
100 Alemany Blvd.; 415-647-9423 / Website
For a taste of history, head to the Alemany Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, which has been operating since 1943! This is truly the oldest in the city, established to aid during wartime. Today the sentiment to fully provide for the community still persists, evident in their long stretch of overflowing tables.
Stonestown Farmers’ Market
501 Buckingham Way; 415-472-6100 / Website
Just off of the Stonestown Mall is this award-winning market, hosted every Sunday. Named by SF Weekly as San Francisco’s Best Family-Oriented Farmers, this is truly an accommodating and art-filled market with plenty of performances, interactive events, and adjacent mall parking. Bring your kids and family for a fun and tucked-away shopping experience that’s just as luxurious as retail.
Fillmore Farmers' Market
1730 O'Farrell St.; 925-825-9090 / Website
The Fillmore market is a treat for both your stomach and your ears with accompanying live jazz! Known for its “Jazzy Summers,” every Saturday in this musical arena is an elegant scene out of a dreamy movie, complete with more than 10 helpful vendors and picture-perfect produce.
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