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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

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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