Get Fresh: A Bountiful Guide to San Francisco Farmers’ Markets

Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no lovelier time to shop for fresh produce at our many farmers markets.

So skip the grocery store and use our guide to find the market nearest you. You’ll be supporting local ag and saving money all while chomping on the most mesmerizing produce of the season.

Alemany Farmers’ Market

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The Alemany Farmers’ Market was the very first farmers’ market in all of California, and it remains the only city-run market in San Francisco. Often referred to as the “people’s market” for its affordability and as the “grandaddy” of farmer’s markets for its history, Alemany—long a leader in the movement for the availability of sustainable and affordable produce—is a perfect place to explore the fruits of our small farms’ labor. // Saturdays from dawn to dusk; 100 Alemany Blvd. (Bernal Heights), sfgov.org

Castro Farmers’ Market

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The Castro market’s evening time slot makes it the perfect place to get inspired for tonight’s dinner or tomorrow’s breakfast. Amble through the ample stalls and wait for California-grown ingredients to catch your eye—perhaps some asparagus (particularly brawny this season) to roast with fresh lemon, or plump, crimson cherries for a clafoutis. Twenty vendors bring produce, meat, fish, mushrooms, soap, baked goods, and even fancy cheese. // Wednesdays 4-8pm; 288 Noe St. (Castro), pcfma.org

Clement Street Farmers’ Market

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The Clement Street Farmers’ Market is run by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, which means it’s sure to be fresh and fancy. And with more than 50 vendors (golly!), they’ll have everything you could possibly dream of: honey, bread, locally grown organic produce, local seafood, grass-fed meats, nuts, hot food, fresh-cut flowers, and much more. This market spans two long blocks and is always buzzing with activity. // Sundays 9am to 2pm; Clement St. at 3rd Ave. (Inner Richmond), agriculturalinstitute.org

Divisadero Farmers’ Market

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The Divis market is small and community-minded, with options for classics such as berries, stone-fruit, and vegetables, as well as eggs, seafood, and cheese. Visit Achadinha Cheese for fresh, unique goat cheeses and consider whipping up some roasted summer carrots and early-season apricots with California honey and earthy goat cheese crumbled over the top. Summer never tasted so good. // Sundays 10am to 2pm; 1326 Grove St. (NoPa), pcfma.org

Fillmore Farmers’ Market

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The Fillmore market fills out with about 15 vendors who provide the essentials (berries, nuts, veg), but also sneak in a few surprises—think smoked salmon from Coastside Farms and Specialties and baked goods from Crepe and Brioche. If you’re really trying to impress your sweet, or just need to liven up your kitchen, wake up bright and early for a stab at the most beautiful flowers from Fernandes Flower Growers. // Saturdays 9am to 1pm; 1475 Fillmore St. (NoPa), pcfma.org

Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market

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Hosted by the Golden Gate National Park Service and situated right on the water, the Fort Mason market has so much to offer. With more than 35 vendors, you can buy for just about any occasion, be it a special dinner or your weekly shop. The market is made all the more magical with a stroll along the water. Be sure to check out their website for seasonal recipes and farmer spotlights. // Sundays 9:30am to 1:30pm; Fort Mason Center (Marina), cafarmersmkts.com

Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

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Operated by the farmers who participate, this is the only independent nonprofit market in town. Heart of the City aims to bring healthy, affordable food to a food desert in SF, while supporting small, local, sustainable farming practices. This huge market sets up in UN Plaza every Wednesday and Sunday for 10 whole hours—for the best selection of produce, get there before 3pm; for the cheapest prices, go later in the day. With 29 vendors, including purveyors of specialty Asian produce, you won’t have a problem finding what you need. // Wednesdays 7am to 5:30pm and Sundays 7am to 5pm; United Nations Plaza (Civic Center), heartofthecity-farmersmar.squarespace.com

Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market

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This community market has fewer than 20 vendors, but you’ll still find local folks doing their weekly shop here for the best California produce around. Grab some pasture-raised eggs from Shelly’s Farm Fresh for a breakfast hash, and stock up on as much hummus as your heart desires at Hummus Heaven. // Sundays 9am to 1pm; 1326 9th Ave. (Inner Sunset), pcfma.org

UCSF Farmers’ Markets at Mission Bay and Parnassus

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These small-scale markets organized by UCSF are mostly frequented by students, faculty, and hospital staff. But if you’re in the area and looking for a quick, healthy lunch or snack, they carry all California-grown produce needed to please your palate. The setup may be small, but the flavors are big. // Wednesdays 10am to 2pm at 550 Gene Friend Way (Mission Bay); and Wednesdays 10am to 3pm at 505 Parnassus, in the elevator G breezeway, campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu

Mission Community Market

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This is much more than a farmers’ market. There are stalls for local businesses, music, and culture, as well as after-school programming for kids. Head over on Thursdays to support the small businesses of the Mission and engage in a community effort against economic insecurity and hunger. With 16 vendors, street food, local music, and art, you won’t want to miss this veritable street fair. // Thursdays 4-8pm; Mission and 22nd (Mission), missioncommunitymarket.org

Noe Valley Farmers’ Market

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This neighborhood farmers’ market has been operating since 2003, providing fresh produce, honey, meat (including California’s oldest operating butchers, Drewes Meats), bread, oil, vinegar, dried fruits, and nuts from local, small farms. With nine produce vendors and six food vendors, Noe Valley Farmers’ Market is a small-scale operation making a big community impact. Check out the scene every Saturday to support their mission to provide healthy, sustainable food—and for live music, of course. // Saturdays 8am to 1pm; 3861 24th St. (Noe Valley), noevalleyfarmersmarket.com

San Francisco Farmers’ Market at Crocker Galleria

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This tiny, cramped market is packed with flavor—swing by on your lunch break for produce and specialty, gourmet foods perfect for a quick, delicious meal downtown. The market also offers heirloom varieties of many fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of berries and summer produce, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up at work. Much better than paying big bucks for a mediocre sandwich. // Thursdays 10am to 2pm; Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St. (FiDi), cafarmersmkts.com

Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market

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Ah, the Ferry Plaza—epitome of class and style. Hit up Swanton Berry Farms for a punnet of the most exuberantly pure strawberriest-tasting strawberries you’ve ever popped into your mouth. Afterwards, slowly stroll past RoliRoti and find yourself swimming in saliva as the fat drips off those spinning chickens onto potatoes and Brussels sprouts. When you’re done rooting through the countless stalls, meander into the Ferry Building itself and taste every kind of olive oil on offer at Stonehouse California Olive Oil. Whether you’re a chef piling produce onto a cart or just a now-very-happy person biting into a fresh, juicy peach, this market will blow your mind no matter how many times you’ve seen it. // Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm, Saturdays 8am to 2pm; Ferry Building Marketplace (Embarcadero), cuesa.org

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