Since launching its first farmers market in 1943, San Francisco's farmers market game has expanded to include a weekly event in almost every neighborhood. No longer just stands for organic fruit and vegetable sales, today’s farmers markets come complete with gourmet artisan goods, grass-fed and sustainably raised meats, live entertainment and educational events. For the most variety, including hard-to-find Asian greens and wild mushrooms, try the city’s three largest markets at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, on Alemany Boulevard in Bernal Heights and in Civic Center’s United Nations Plaza.
Farmers markets in San Francisco
Three times a week, shoppers will find more than 100 fruit and veggie growers and artisan food makers at stalls in front and along the south side of the Ferry Building. On Saturdays, heavily trafficked food stands like Primavera’s gourmet Mexican food and free public education programs feed the bellies and minds of the market’s 30,000 visitors.
1 Ferry Building at Embarcadero
Tues, Thurs 10am-2pm, Sat 8am-2pm
Established in 1943, the Alemany Farmers Market holds the distinction of being California’s first. Among the stalls, family farmers and artisan food producers sell organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables from crookneck squash and parsnips to hot chili peppers and pomegranates. The Alemany Farmers’ Market is open from dawn to dusk and is one of the few in the city with plenty of free parking.
100 Alemany Blvd at Peralta Ave
This nonprofit farmer-operated market in Civic Center's United Nations Plaza has been bringing fresh produce to the neighborhood for 35 years. Fruits and vegetables here, along with staples such as fresh eggs and local honey, are inexpensively priced and the market gives away over a million dollars a year in food assistance. Head here for an impressive selection of Asian cuisine ingredients such as baby bok choy, lemongrass, cherry blossom branches and Thai basil.
United Nations Plaza between 7th and 8th St
Wednesday 7am-5:30pm, Sunday 7am-5pm
Fillmore Farmers Market combines fresh farm produce, artisanal food producers and live music for a feel-good shopping experience in the heart of the city’s former Jazz District. Regular fixtures at this year-round market include Artesana Sausages, Coastside Farms fresh smoked wild salmon and the produce grown by family farms in Fresno and Watsonville.
1740 O'Farrell St at Fillmore St
Though it’s only active one evening each week, the Mission Community Market is a thriving part of the neighborhood. Each week, more than 80 vendors (half of which come from women-owned farms and businesses), bilingual health and education events and local performers make this farmers’ market one of the best ways to spend a Thursday evening.
84 Bartlett St at Mission St
Thursday 4pm-8pm (April-November)
This Inner Richmond farmers market run by the Agricultural Institute of Marin features more than 50 vendors each Sunday. Farm stands of locally grown, seasonal produce stand side-by-side with purveyors of local seafood, grass-fed beef and fresh-cut flowers along a two-block span of Clement Street. Open year-round, rain or shine.
Clement St at 2nd Ave
The weekly Fort Mason Farmers’ Market hosts more than three-dozen vendors in the former U.S. Army’s West Coast headquarters each Sunday. The only farmers’ market option in the city with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Mason offers an extensive selection of seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables and artisanal prepared foods.
Fort Mason Center at Marina Ave
It’s not the city’s largest farmers’ market—you’ll only find a few dozen vendors here each Wednesday evening—but it’s one of its liveliest. Each week, a rotating calendar of local musicians accompany shoppers in their search for the perfect produce and artisanal delights. Wade through piles of seasonal veggies, fresh cheeses, flowers and other locally produced goodies from small-businesses like From the Sea to You and Rainbow Orchards.
288 Noe St at Market St
Wed 4–8pm (March-November)
Named the city’s best family-oriented farmers’ market by SF Weekly in 2010, the Stonestown Farmers’ Market still lives up to the title, thanks to a bouncy house and other kid-friendly details. For the adults, pickled and canned goods, fresh meats and seafood and seasonal vegetables are sold among the 65 vendors that set up each week in the Stonestown Galleria parking. Thanks to loads of free parking, this year-round market is a great option for both a quick shopping trip or a full-morning of fun.
3251 20th Ave at Buckingham Way
After the sudden loss of the neighborhood’s local foods store in 2003, Noe Valley came together to organize a weekly farmers’ market to take its place. Thanks to their efforts, every Saturday for the last 14 years, the Noe Valley Town Square has hosted family farms and independent food vendors in an intimate neighborhood market. You’ll find stalls here from Garden Variety Cheese, Swanton Berry Farms and Sour Flour Bread, as well as the best fruits and veggies Northern California has to offer.
3861 24th St at Vicksburg St