With spring in full swing, the wonderful farmers’ markets of San Francisco are blossoming with farm-fresh foods, flowers and goodies from around the Bay Area. From Union Square to the Castro, the neighborhoods of San Francisco offer vibrant farmers’ markets where you can dig into the bounty of the harvest. So go play and shop on a sunny afternoon and eat local!
One of the most exciting farmers markets in the country, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market features a diversity of fresh farm products and artisan and prepared foods on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Every weekend, the market along the Embarcadero at Market Street is a festive happening where the city’s top chefs and thousands of locals who come to buy fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs, and meats sourced from small regional farmers and ranchers, and certified organic vendors. The market also showcases artisan breads, cheeses, and jams.
Held in front of the Ferry Building on the back plaza facing the Bay, the year-round Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is also a fun place where you can learn about healthy food growing and sustainable agriculture. The Saturday market is great way to sample eats from local restaurants, who cook up sumptuous servings from their menus. And, if you are hungry for lunch during the week, the Thursday market is the perfect place to stop for gourmet street foods like grilled meats, sandwiches, wood-fired pizza, and the most authentic tacos in town.
With its unique cultural districts and iconic neighborhoods, San Francisco also offers several smaller marketplaces brimming with fresh produce and foods. Some local favorites include:
Castro Farmers’ Market – Wednesdays, March 12 – December 17, 2014
Fillmore Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, Year-round
Fort Mason Farmers’ Market (Marina) – Saturdays, Year-round
Heart of the City Farmers’ Market (Civic Center) – Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays, Year-round
Crocker Galleria Farmers’ Market (Union Square/Financial District) – Thursdays, Year-round