It's Spring, and Farmers' Markets Are Busting Out All Over S.F.

We're blessed to live in a part of the world where we have access to fresh, ripe, unadulterated fruit, plucked at local farms and brought to our very fingertips at a bevy of farmers' markets across the city. In fact, the handful of farmers' markets not open all year here is small. Now spring is springing, and those few seasonal markets such as Castro, Upper Haight, and Mission Bay are beginning to open up like the first crocuses of the season.

The last few years have seen a major proliferation of neighborhood markets, and even local hospitals have taken small markets under their wings. Consequently, the distribution is so broad it's no inconvenience to hit one up, even on a work day.

That said, note that the lion's share of markets is on weekends and midweek (pro tip: make that doctor's appointment for a Wednesday), so make sure you don't have an urgent need for stinging nettles on a Monday or Friday, lest you find yourself out of luck.

We've charted the San Francisco farmers' markets (above) for easy reference about days and locations, using a festive, Easter-esque pastel palette: pink pins for Saturday markets; purple for Sunday; yellow for Tuesday; turquoise for Wednesday; and green for Thursday.

Saturday
Ferry Plaza: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., year round
Noe Valley: 24th Street between Sanchez and Vicksburg, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., year round
Fillmore: O'Farrell at Fillmore, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., year round
Alemany: 100 Alemany, dawn to dusk, year round

Sunday
Divisadero: Grove at Divisadero, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., year round
Fort Mason Center: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., year round
Heart of the City: United Nations Plaza, Civic Center, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., year round
Inner Sunset: Parking Lot between Eighth and Ninth Avenues south of Irving Street, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., year round
North Beach: Mason St between Columbus Ave and Lombard St, 9 am-1:30 pm, May 1-Oct. 2
Stonestown Galleria: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., year round

Monday
Fremont Plaza: 50 Fremont (at Mission), noon - 5:30 p.m. April 18 on.

Tuesday
Ferry Plaza: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., year round
Crocker Galleria: 50 Post at Montgomery, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Jun.7-Sep. 27

Wednesday
Castro: Noe at Market, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Mar. 16-Dec. 21
Heart of the City: United Nations Plaza, Civic Center, 7 am-5:30 pm, year round
Kaiser Permanente: Geary Blvd at St. Joseph's St., 10 am-2 pm, year round
UCSF Mission Bay: Gene Friend Way between Third and Fourth Streets, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Apr. 13-Nov. 16
UCSF Parnassus: 505 Parnassus, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., year round
Upper Haight: Waller at Stanyan, 4-8 p.m., Apr. 6-Oct. 26

Thursday
Crocker Galleria: 50 Post, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., year round
Ferry Plaza: 10 am-2 pm, year round
Mission Community Market: Bartlett and 22nd St., 4-8 p.m., Apr. 14-Dec. 15

Friday
None

Sean Timberlake is the founder of Punk Domestics, a content and community site for DIY food enthusiasts. Follow SFoodie on Twitter: @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.
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My-Name
My-Name

 Glen Park's Farmers Market just began this past Sunday May 15, and runs every Sunday in the BART parking lot on Bosworth Street, from 10am - 2pm, through October 16.http://www.pcfma.com/market_home.php?...

Jessica Janes
Jessica Janes

San Francisco is so progressive. How lucky the people who live there are to have access to fresh local food most days of the week. Guess it helps to be in a climate that has a long growing season, but that doesn't matter if the interest to purchase those products isn't there.

Club Dine In
Club Dine In

I really enjoy the Fort Mason farmer's markets. I also love how the restaurants in the Marina use produce and fruits from the same farmers at the market. Here is a visit to the farmer's market: http://clubdinein.com/2011/04/...

LC11
LC11

Nice list Sean, but it's missing a few:- Noe Valley FM on Sat. 8am-1pm, all year.- Cow Palace FM on Sat. 9am-1pm, Jul-Oct.- Divisadero FM on Sun.10am-2pm, all year.- Mint Plaza FM on Wed. 10am-2pm, Jul-Oct.Note that Crocker Galleria FM also has seasonal Tue. 11am-3pm, Jun-Oct. (starts June 7th).

Sean Timberlake
Sean Timberlake

Crocker Galleria confirmed. Haven't heard back from Cow Palace yet.

Sean Timberlake
Sean Timberlake

Boy do I have egg on my face re: Noe Valley, since it's where I live, and I frequent that market. Map is updated.

Divisadero is actually in there already, and I called re: Mint Plaza -- they haven't confirmed a market yet this year. I will reach out to the folks at Cow Palace and Crocker Galleria to confirm those. Thanks for the update!

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