Berkeley Thursday Farmer Market 3-7pm year round
I went to Berkeley Thursday Farmer Market after walking from Downtown Berkeley to the FM - it's about 1mi or so (15-20 min). It's from 3-7pm year-round on Shattuck & Rose near the CVS in North Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto.
They have lights so even though it gets dark earlier now you can still shop. That's GREAT!
Lots of Fall items now:
Frog Hollow Farms was selling their pastries for 1/2 off at 6:15pm. It depends if they have lots & trying to get rid of their stuff. I got a large chocolate cherry cookie $1 (reg. $2) and a bag of the cherry cookies for $2 (reg. $4 i guess). Galettes were on sale too.
Ici ice cream has a cart selling ice cream. That's very cool. I got a pumpkin ice cream sandwich on gingersnap cookies for $4.25. Ice cream was very mild, but cookies were good.
Hodo Soy Beanery was there. I can't wait to do their tour of their new facility in Dec!!
Organic Gravenstein Apple Cider - Looks good. Will get another time. Anyone try it?
Flacos - Unique vegetarian Mexican food. Will try another time. Anyone?
Saint Benoit Yogurt has a stand.
Hog Island Oyster Company was there
Highland Hills Farm - grassfed beef, lamb & goat. Didn't get anything, next time. Anything good?
Happy Boy Farms - certified organic produce. Didn't get anything, next time. Anything good?
OctoberFeast from SF has breads & pretzels ($2). Didn't get anything, next time. Anything good?
I hope to go back one day.
That's the smallest of Berkeley's three markets, since it's limited to organic vendors, maybe half the size of the Saturday and Tuesday markets. Phan Farm is great and Thursdays only. Two of my other favorite produce vendors are there, Catalan and Lucero.
I like the Saturday one best as Tercera, Fatted Calf (charcuterie), and Ludwig Avenue (chickens and eggs) are there. Avalos, my other favorite for produce, does Tuesdays and Saturdays only.
644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559
i usually go to the Sat market, but most of the stands in the Thursday market are also in the Sat market.
I like OctoberFeast's pretzel bread and croissants. They sell them slightly cheaper in their Univ Ave store, but sometimes it doesnt taste fresh (whereas they always do when sold through the market). They have recently been selling two new croissants: almond and chocolate. The almond is pretty good, but i thought the chocolate version was ordinary.
I've tried Flacos. Kind of pricey, but worth a try.