San Francisco is filled with farmers’ markets, with the world-renowned Saturday morning at the Ferry Building being perhaps the most well known. There are, however, plenty of other farmers’ markets located throughout the city, some seasonally and others year round. We’ve written about the Alemany farmers’ market before, but I wanted to take a moment and spotlight some other markets that might be closer or more convenient to your neighborhood.
The Upper Haight Farmers’ Market is a seasonal market that runs from April through October. It is located on a quirky little stretch of Waller Street that once carried vehicular traffic from Kezar/Lincoln ino to the Haight Ashbury neighborhood. The street was remodeled and closed to traffic a while back, and now in addition to being a hangout for skaters, punks, homeless people, and dogs of varying friendliness it also hosts the Upper Haight Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm, and Off the Grid food trucks on Thursday evenings.
Above and below are pictures from the market that I took yesterday afternoon as setup was starting. The vendors vary by the week, but just like every other farmers’ market in the city, the produce and fruit are excellent and the people are a pleasure to get to know. A few years back I embarked upon a major tomato-sauce-making venture and got a very good deal on crates of heirloom tomatoes from a vendor at this location, although for the life of me I can’t remember the name of the farm.
If you happen to find yourself in The Haight on a Wednesday afternoon, I definitely recommend taking a stroll through the market. You’ll undoubtedly find something delicious to enjoy.
And while asking a person to pick their favorite farmers’ market is a bit like asking someone to pick their favorite holiday, I’ll do it anyway – leave a comment and let me know your favorite spot to pick up awesome seasonal produce from the local foodshed.