Even though your East Coast relatives might not understand why it is so thrilling that the outdoor temperature just reached 78 degrees Fahrenheit, we certainly do. And what better way to celebrate the (hopefully long lasting) arrival of indian sumer, than by having some evening dinner picnics thrown together with some of our incredible, Bay Area grown produce? Whether you’re a righteous farmer’s market regular, or are intersted in supporting your local farmers (and local community), these seven SF farmer’s markets are sure to have something for everyone!
1. Ferry Building Farmer’s Market: The perfect farmer’s market for those looking to combine their morning coffee, morning stroll, and morning grocery shop. Keep an eye out for the honey sticks. Open year-round. Tuesday 10-2, Thursday 10-2, Saturday 8-2. 1 Ferry Plaza.
2. Fort Mason Farmer’s Market: Whether you’re looking for locally made gifts, art, or just fresh ingredients for your next frittata, Fort Mason is a great go-to (especially if you live on the north side of town). Open year-round. Sunday 9:30-1:30. Fort Mason Center.
3. Divisadero St. Farmer’s Market: What better way to knock out your Sunday grocery shopping than on the way back from brunch at Brenda’s? (Or the new Souvla, to be fair). Open year-round. Sunday 10-2. Grove and Divisadero.
4. Mission Bay UCSF Farmer’s Market: For all those students and residents in the newly fancifying area that is Mission Bay, visiting the local farmer’s market is a great way to reconnect with the community that can feel a little far away. Open April – December. Wednesday 10-2. Gene Friend Way between 3rd & 4th.
5. Castro St. Farmer’s Market: The best day to truly appreciate the insane 100-way intersection in the Castro is Wednesday- when they shut down part of it for the Farmer’s Market. Head here for great cheese selections. Open March – December. Wednesday 4-8. Noe and Market St.
6. Civic Center Farmer’s Market: The UN plaza comes most to life when it is filled with people and food trucks. Check out the farmer’s market here twice a week, and go early for the best pickings. Open year-round. Sunday 7-5 and Wednesday 7-5:30. UN Plaza.
7. Noe Valley Farmer’s Market: Last but certainly not least, the best place to find a superior line up of indestructible strollers and one of Mona Caron’s coolest SF murals, the Noe farmer’s never disappoints. (How could it with its proximity to Chocolate Covered?) Open year-round. Saturday 8-1, with live music at 10. 3861 24th St.
About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is a Vantigo Tour Guide. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Lillie (though she loves all the vans equally).