Farmer’s Markets in San Francisco

Farmer’s Markets are a very important part of the San Francisco lifestyle (and the Bay Area as a whole). In a city that prides itself on promoting sustainability, buying from the local farmers is one key component.

Markets are held during the week and on weekends. There are other, neighborhood markets, but I’ve tried to stick with a few of the main ones. I’ve tried to note whether these are year-round or seasonal. Visiting one of these, you’ll not only get a glimpse into the “local” way of life (you may even spot a native or two), but you will also be able to buy some of the best fruits and veggies (and cheeses, honey, Afghani food…) you’ll ever taste.

The most famous, and, arguably, most beautiful, is held at the Ferry Building at Pier 1. Throughout the year, vendors sell their wares from 10am-2pm on Tuesdays, and 8am-2pm on Saturdays. Head down early, grab a few pieces of fruit and pastry from one of the stalls, walk around, then grab lunch at one of the fabulous restaurants in the Ferry Building.

Another very popular market, though a bit off the beaten path, is the Alemany Market. Located where the 101 freeway meets 280, this market is noted to be a little less ritzy than its Ferry Building cousin, but teeming with deals nonetheless. If you are driving from downtown SF, take 101 to the Bayshore exit and go towards Cesar Chavez East/Bayshore Blvd. Bear right on Alemany, and continue to stay right. The market is located at 100 Alemany. By bus, use to plan your trip. The Alemany Market is open year round, Saturdays from 6am-5pm.

A smaller and busy market is the Heart of the City. Located in UN plaza (on Market St. between 7th & 8th St.), it is a glimmer of freshness in a rather blighted neighborhood. Prices are rather low, but make sure to be careful with your belongings when you are walking out of the area. Visit this market on Wednesdays from 7am-5.30pm, or Sundays from 7am-5pm. You can grab something and picnic in front of the beautiful City Hall, then check out the huge library or Asian Art Museum.