I don’t know about you but I live for farmers’ markets! There is something special about strolling through a farmers’ market on a nice day sampling delicious fruit, vegetables, cheeses, and more while listening to local musicians and enjoying the warm sunshine. There are so many amazing and beneficial reasons to do your weekly produce shopping at your local farmers’ market, one being that these small family farms produce less environmental waste and are less likely to contribute to environmental decay, unlike giant farming companies.
Farmers’ markets provide you with the opportunity to talk with the vendors themselves and know exactly where their products have been and learn about their growing and sustainability practices. In addition, you support local economies when you by local and is a win-win for everyone. Grab your girls and explore one of these San Francisco farmers’ markets below.
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Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
This San Francisco farmers’ market is not just for your average Saturday market. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates to support the artisan food community in San Francisco, seven days a week. Hosting over 50 different merchants, there are so many amazing and delicious things to spend your money on. This famous landmark in San Francisco, originally opened in 1898 for anyone arriving by train but has since been converted to a world-class market since 2003, serving over 40,000 consumers a week. Three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays), there are hundreds of vendors filling the Ferry building with their local, organic, hand-crafted goods.
Heart of the City Farmers Market
For the past 35 years, the Heart of the City Farmers Market has been providing quality, local, and organic products to the community every Wednesday and Sunday. In addition, this market proves its love for the community by giving out over $1 million in food assistance for those in poverty at their information tent annually. Dedicated to creating sustainable living in San Francisco, the Heart of the City Farmer’s Market is a must visit market for all your produce and artisanal needs.
Alemany Farmers Market
Founded in 1943, the Alemany Farmers’ market was the first-ever farmers market in California. Additionally, the Alemany market is the only city-run farmers market in San Francisco. Rain or shine, you can guarantee that the Alemany market will be ready for its hundreds of visitors every week. For the past 30 years, they have strongly supported small, local Californian, family farmers. Their “buy fresh, buy local” mission keeps the importance of sustainability in mind. Local farmers and the local community coming together to support one another is why this San Francisco farmers’ market is known as “the people’s market.”
Inner Sunset Farmers Market
Don’t let the small size of Inner Sunset Farmers Market fool you. The crowd is big and the vendors provide only the best quality products. Every Saturday come and get what you need (and a little more) from a certified organic merchant, all locally grown in California. Come enjoy the large diversity, from hummus to empanadas, granola, and cookies; fulfill both your sweet and savory cravings.
Clement Street Farmers Market
Clement Street Farmers Market is operated by the Agricultural Institute of Marin and runs on the philosophy of “Eat local. Shop local. Support local.” Enjoy the best of the season’s products every Sunday, year round. With their array of fresh produce, beautiful flowers, baked goods, and delicious hot food, there is not much you can’t get at the Clement Street farmers market.
Fort Mason Center Farmers Market
The Fort Mason Center Farmers Market is in the perfect location for your weekly Saturday market fix. Located right in the heart of the San Francisco Marina neighborhood, you can get all your groceries while being in close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the city. Enjoy all the best organic produce at an inexpensive price, but don’t forget to bring your jacket while you shop because it gets pretty chilly down by the water.
San Francisco Farmers’ Market at Crocker Galleria
The San Francisco Farmers’ Market at Crocker Galleria may not be the biggest San Francisco farmers’ market, but they pack a lot of great merchants into the location every Thursday afternoon. Unlike the Ferry Building, this is definitely a hidden treasure for the locals; so you can count on having to deal with much smaller crowds but still get a great selection of quality organic and artisanal products.
Fillmore Farmers Market
This San Francisco farmers’ market is small in size but does not lack with its charm. Do your weekly shopping at the Fillmore Farmers Market every Saturday while listening to great live Jazz performances and sampling all the best cheeses, fruit, vegetables, and so much more. Pick up a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers or some insanely yummy fresh fish to grill up for a great weekend.
Mission Community Farmers Market
The best thing about the Mission Community Market is that it operates Thursday nights from 4-8 pm. For those working people out there who can’t make it to their local market on their lunch breaks, this San Francisco farmers’ market will be waiting for you to come and enjoy when you get off. Treat yourself to a little bit of everything in this neighborhood market, from kettle corn to nuts, flowers, produce, street eats, and many more goodies. While it is only a small block of merchants, you can ensure a great shopping experience thanks to the lively music and the welcoming vendors who want you to leave a happy customer.
The Stonestown Market is everything you need in your Sunday market trip. No need to shop elsewhere for your groceries, because this place has everything you need. The honey is a must get item, so sweet and all natural, as well as the zucchini bread (yum)! The diversity of vendors available is amazing and is a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
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