We are lucky to have fresh produce in great abundance here in the Bay Area. When it comes to farmers’ markets, expect a large variety of locally grown produce fresh from the fields and ready to go right to your table. If you’re looking for some farmers’ markets to visit, check out our five favorites in East Bay:
Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market
From fruits and vegetables to breads and cheeses, the Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market has it all.
All of the produce is locally sourced, so you know you’re getting high quality products grown right in the East Bay area. While you’re visiting, talk with local farmers to find out more about how your food is grown. There are also plenty of other vendors on hand selling homemade breads, olive oils, preserves, and more. Enjoy live entertainment from bands that perform each Sunday. The Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market is located on Locust Street, near Cole Street and is open each Sunday from 9am to 1pm. One-hour of free parking is available at nearby Grower’s Square. The market is also within walking distance of BART.
Old Oakland Farmers’ Market
See what the Old Oakland Farmers Market at 9th Street on Broadway has to offer each Friday from 8am to 2pm. Rain or shine, come down to what is often called the most diverse, affordable and accessible farmers’ market in the East Bay.
The Old Oakland Farmers’ Market is bursting with products from more than one dozen certified organic farms. Don’t forget the homemade breads and oils, and the array of samples that are available. Come down and check out a tradition that’s been going strong for nearly 20 years.
Ecology Center Farmers’ Market
The Ecology Center Farmers’ Market is held at three different locations throughout the week.
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Saturdays from 10am-3pm stop in Downtown Berkeley on Center Street or on Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm in North Berkeley at Shattuck Avenue and Rose Street. Don’t forget the South Berkeley location Tuesdays from 2pm-6:30pm on Adeline Street and 63rd Street. Whichever location you visit expect to find a plethora of locally grown produce as well as meats, plants, and flowers, among other products. There are often musical acts that entertain shoppers at the various markets, which by the way are open year-round so you can enjoy the fresh flavors of all the seasons!
Alameda Farmers’ Market
There’s something for all tastes at the Alameda Farmers’ Market, even activities for the kids.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, come down to the market on Haight Avenue and see all that local farmers in the Alameda area have to offer. From seasonal pomegranates to tomatoes, berries, and breads, you name it and the Alameda Farmers’ Market has it. There are products from more than three dozen farms as well asfresh, local seafood. A Crafty Kids’ Club is also kicking off in September which is sure to keep the kids busy.
Grand Lake Farmers’ Market
The Grand Lake Farmers’ Market is often acclaimed as the best in Oakland.
With produce from more than 40 local farmers and products from more than 30 specialty food vendors, this farmers’ market has a lot to offer. Jewelry, crafts, and homemade soaps are just a few of the little extras this market has been come to be known for over the years. Located along Lake Park Avenue, the market is open every Saturday year-round, rain or shine, from 9am-2pm. It is also easily accessible by public transportation. This is the way many in the area start their weekend!
Fresh local produce and products at their best are what you’ll find at these farmers’ markets that have many people buzzing about the East Bay area year round.