Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
In front of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, everyone from independent farmers to local businesses are selling their produce. Visitors can find just about anything during their visit, from fresh breads from companies such as Acme Bread, to fresh cheeses (made just the previous day), to fish, meats, and endless amounts of fruits and vegetables. Visitors can also buy freshly prepared meals like Mexican tacos, fresh salmon, and rotisserie chicken, which are so tasty it is almost impossible to avoid waiting in the long lines. Turn up hungry (there are tons of samples) and head down to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a true San Francisco experience.
Grand Lake—Oakland Farmers Market
Just over the bridge, the Grand Lake—Oakland Farmers Market is one not to be missed in the East Bay. Just over 44 local farmers, as well as other locals selling artisan foods, set up booths in Splash Pad Park. Right next to the market, some of Oakland’s favorite food trucks, such as Liba Falafel, are lined up, serving delicious fresh food. As the farmers market supports local farmers, visitors can always find fresh in-season produce, raw milk, fertilized eggs, and pasture-raised meats.
San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market
Just north of the city, San Rafael hosts the San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market. Larger than San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, come and spend a morning exploring what they have to offer. While strolling through, visitors can enjoy live music and buy fresh and homemade products from both local farmers and vendors. Along with fresh produce, cheeses and meats, visitors can pick up delicious, freshly made bread and pastries, saving you a trip to the city. Just before you begin browsing, grab a warm coffee or some breakfast at one of the trucks or tents selling freshly made food. Head over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge or hop on the ferry and check out the San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market on a Thursday or Saturday.
San Francisco Farmers’ Market at Crocker Galleria
Another fan favorite in the city of San Francisco is the farmers market at Crocker Galleria. Set up in the financial district, the market is easy access for many that reside downtown, especially for those who work close by and are looking for a good lunch spot. Although on of the smallest, the market offers fresh produce as well as all kinds of salsas, spreads, baked goods and cheeses. Check out San Francisco’s Farmers’ Market at Crocker Galleria during the year on Thursdays.
Concord Farmers Market—Pacific Coast Farmers Market
Just past Walnut Creek, and a little further than most, Concord Farmers Market is certainly worth a visit. Located right in the town square, the space is small and more intimate than the others, yet it is always easy to find what you need. Local farmers and vendors, selling soap, honey, kettle corn, flowers, meats and all kinds of produce, will satisfy all your farmers market cravings. On Thursdays, the market extends into the evening, which typically attracts a crowd during the summer months. While some visitors continue to browse, others lay a blanket down on the grass and listen to whatever band may be performing that night.