The 6 Best Farmers Markets of San Francisco (+Photos)

San Francisco is known for many things: its exquisite coastline, relaxed lifestyle, and enviable weather. But above all, it is known for its incredible farming industry and unparalleled market scene.

Now I know what you might be thinking: How could markets be the epitome of San Francisco’s food scene? Well, if you’ve ever done a grocery haul in America, you’ll be well aware of the high frequency of hormones, pasteurisers, and preservatives added to just about every food. There aren’t many places where a salad stays crisp for two weeks, and this is, unfortunately, one of them.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

As one of the largest cities in Northern California, San Francisco’s farmers markets are a vibrant hub of community and culinary excellence. Not only do they showcase the state’s agricultural bounty, but they are also a way to come together, support local vendors, and purchase fresh produce picked and harvested from nearby farms and orchards.

If you’re a foodie like me and are conscious of sourcing organic, locally grown, and sustainably harvested food, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve laid out a list of farmers’ markets hosted throughout the week in San Francisco.

The Freshest Produce in the City

Freshest Produce in the City

Not only does shopping at local farmers markets mean grabbing produce at its peak freshness, but it also means finding food that is sustainably grown or harvested. Picking a fruit or vegetable at the peak of ripeness not only ensures the best-tasting product but also a much higher nutritional value.

The food you’ll find at farmers’ markets is typically harvested the day, or even hours, before being sold. Locally grown food doesn’t need to travel far and wide in refrigerated trucks, so buying directly from these farmers also prevents waste in the delivery process.

Supporting local farmers is an added benefit. By shopping at farmers’ markets, you are contributing to the sustainability of small-scale agriculture, which helps preserve farmlands, promote biodiversity, and create a healthy and resilient food system. It’s a win-win-win!

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Open Saturday 8 am – 2 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm (year-round)
At the San Francisco Ferry Building

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is the beating heart of San Francisco’s markets. Located along the scenic Embarcadero waterfront in front of the Ferry Building itself, this market is famous for its views across the city and Bay Bridge.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

It is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and local vendors flock to sell organic vegetables, hand-churned cheeses, flowers, and fresh-out-of-the-oven bread. The ferry building itself houses a range of boutique stores and grocers, with plenty of spots to grab a coffee or a quick meal throughout the week.

One of my favorite vendors bakes handmade pies filled with just about every filling you could dream of. Frog Hollow Farms is another impressive stall that sells the most delicious jams and preserves. I always opt for the Seville orange marmalade for a sweet-and-sour kick!

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

One of the highlights of this market is the selection of ready-to-eat items, ideal for an on-the-go meal. From farm-fresh salads to latkes to freshly squeezed juices and artisanal pastries, I’m a big fan of eating my meal overlooking the Bay Bridge and Angel Island.

Pro Tip: Because of its location in the city center, this is one of the busiest markets in San Francisco. Visiting on weekdays is the best way to beat the crowds. Otherwise, try arriving early and grabbing a coffee first thing—the lines for the coffee stands are always the longest at this market!

Fort Mason Center Farmers Market

Fort Mason Center Farmers Market

Open Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm year-round

The Fort Mason Center is a hub for all sorts of events. Friday evenings during summer, the parking lot is converted into a food truck frenzy called Off The Grid, and regular West Coast Craft Markets turn one of the halls into a buzzing marketplace every few Saturdays.

But each week on Sundays, the parking lot comes alive with fresh fruit and vegetable stands, artisanal cheese vendors, and handcrafted foods. Paired with the stunning waterfront views, the market makes for one of the most enjoyable grocery shopping expeditions in the city.

Adjacent to the market is a vibrant brewery called Radhaus. On a summer afternoon, this indoor/outdoor space buzzes with activity and is one of my favorite places to grab a German-inspired snack and craft beer.

Pro Tip: Bring along your own reusable bags. Shopping at a farmers market is meant to be a sustainable experience, and reusing bags is one easy way to contribute to the cause.

Clement Street

Clement Street

Open Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm

Clement Street is one of San Francisco’s bustling commercial streets, home to bookstores, boutiques, and restaurants serving just about every type of international cuisine you could think of.

It’s also home to an impressive Sunday market, which closes a block of the street to pedestrian traffic. Since this market is located in a relatively residential area, it’s usually packed with locals instead of tourist crowds.

Pro Tip: While not technically a part of the market, do yourself a favor and visit Arsicault Bakery for the best croissant of your life. Jokes aside, the lines to this small specialty bakery can be around the block. So, make sure you arrive early and get in line before all the good stuff is sold out.

Heart of the City Farmers Market

Heart of the City Farmers Market

Open Sundays and Wednesdays, 7 am to 5 pm

The Heart of the City Farmers Market is exactly as advertised – a farmers market right in the center of the city. It is one of the oldest and biggest markets here, located opposite the San Francisco Civic Center.

Operating year-round, come rain or shine, this historic market welcomes the best of California’s agricultural abundance. From the crispest apples to the leafiest greens to heirloom tomatoes and globe artichokes, the market is overflowing with seasonal produce.

You’ll also find all the gourmet pantry staples you could dream of, as well as farm-fresh eggs, homemade cheeses, and grass-fed meats.

Shoppers are entertained with live music and occasional cooking demonstrations, which all contribute to the market’s lively atmosphere.

Pro Tip: To make the most of your visit, arrive at the market early to beat the crowds. Not only will there be less people and lines to deal with, but you’ll also get first pick of the freshest and best looking produce.

Mission Community Market

Mission Community Market

Open Thursdays from 4 pm to 8 pm (March to November)

One of my favorite neighborhoods in the city, The Mission Community Market celebrates the diverse flavors and cultures of the neighborhood itself. It’s an evening market, which means it is more than just a place to buy groceries. Grab a spicy margarita and a fresh empanada and stroll through this culinary wonderland of fresh produce and delicious street food.

Other than Mexican delights, you could snack on Salvadoran pupusas, Korean barbeque, and Middle Eastern-inspired falafels.

Wandering through the market, admiring and supporting the eclectic mix of farmers, food artisans, and small businesses is an incredible way to end a day in this diverse city.

Divisidero Farmers Market

Divisidero Farmers Market

Open 9 am to 1 pm on Sundays

The Divisidero Farmers Market is a hidden gem in the heart of residential San Francisco. It’s tucked away in a parking lot between the vibrant Divisidero Street and the Panhandle – an extension of the Golden Gate Park that attracts walkers, runners, and cyclists throughout the day.

The market is small but offers a wide range of fresh produce and artisanal products to add to your pantry. Among my favorites is an oats and granola stand, where you can buy the healthiest overnight oats packaged and ready to go.

The bakery is another highlight, serving up everything from freshly baked sourdough bread to pastries and buns of all flavor combinations.

If you’re a bagel lover like I am, head to Schlox, one block away, for one of the best bagels in the city. Make sure to arrive early or be prepared to stand in a bit of a line. It’s worth the wait!

Other Farmers Markets

Roadside finds along the Pacific Coast Highway

Inner Sunset Farmers Market
Open Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
On 1315 8th Avenue (Parking lot)

Outer Sunset Farmers Market and Mercantile
Open Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm
On 37th Avenue between Ortega and Pacheco

Castro Farmers Market
Open Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm between March and November
At Noe and Market Street

Fillmore Farmers Market
Open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm
At 1730 O’Farrell Street

North Beach Farmers Market
Open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm between May and November
At 659 Columbus Avenue

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