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Weekday Farmers’ Markets San Francisco

By Hudson, USA, June 2011

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While it may be an easy thing to spot a Farmers’ Market on a sunny Saturday in San Francisco, it may take a little more wherewithal to locate one on any old weekday. Luckily, San Franciscans love their fresh produce and there’s plenty to choose from.

Haight and Ashbury might be known for their hydroponic and headshops, but starting this April 6th, the local San Franciscans will know it for a whole different type of greenery. The Upper Haight Farmers’ Market makes its return and with grand opening festivities.

Local dignitaries will be there to mill about and commemorate the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be button-making stations and craft events for children, and an on-hand nutritionist will be present at the market to answer any nutrition questions you may have.

Set to run every Wednesday from April 6th until October 26th, 2011 from 4 to 8pm at Waller and Stanyon St. by Golden Gate Park. Free for all and all are welcome.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market is widely acclaimed for both the selection, abundance, and quality of its produce. Though open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, by far the biggest day to attend is Saturday, though that means that the crowds are just as big.

Tuesdays are my favorite to take time and stroll with some fresh-squeezed juice and select a nice new delicatessen cheese. Thursdays are also a good time to go, as there’s an array of artisan street food such as wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches and tacos.

Set to run year-round at the Ferry Building off of Embarcadero. Tuesday: 10am–2pm; Thursday: 10 am - 2pm; Saturday: 8am-2pm
Heart of the City Farmers’ Market is perhaps the best-known San Franciscan Farmer’s Market out there. Located in, you guessed it, the heart of the city, this farmers’ market boats a wide selection of affordable, fresh produce, meat, fish, and flowers. No arts and crafts here, this is a strictly business farmers’ market, for people who want farm fresh. One of the idiosyncracies of Heart of the City, however, is Young’s Live Poultry, which sells live chickens. Though a point of contention between concerned interests, Young’s has a pretty good reputation in the farming community and has been known to treat it’s animals fairly.  Last I checked, you can buy a live chicken for $6, or two for $11 here, before 1pm. I’m not saying you would, but you have to love that you can.

Union Nations Plaza in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Rain or shine: Sundays, 7am-5pm; Wednesdays, 7am-5:30pm.

Photo by Ingrid Taylar

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