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Oct 9, 2010 09:49 AM

Farmer's markets in January?

I will be flying to San Francisco in January and I'm interested in some of the area's farmer's markets. I'm less interested in fresh fruits and veggies and more interested in regionally-produced products like jams, honey, candies, cookies, canned products, etc. I'd really love some suggestions on where to go! I'm willing to travel to Berkeley, San Rafael, etc. Thank you!

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  1. SF Ferry Plaza, Saturday 8am-2pm

    San Rafael Civic Center, Thursday & Sunday, 8am-1pm

    Berkeley, Center & Milvia, Saturday, 10am-3pm

    Berkeley, Derby & Milvia, Tuesday, 2-6pm

    The Thursday markets in Berkeley and at SF Ferry Plaza are much smaller.

    1. The Saturday Berkeley Farmers market seems to have the most of those regionally produced products you are seeking than the other two Berkeley markets.

      1. You can buy all of those products at the shops inside the Ferry Building. Buying value-added products at Farmers' Markets is sort of pointless, and contrary to the spirit of Farmers' Markets, IMHO.

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        1. re: soupçon

          You can actually get a greater variety and find more producers by going to the market though.
          You can also talk to the people behind the wares you like.

          1. re: rabaja

            The prices are often better at farmers markets as well.

            1. re: JasmineG

              And to follow up on this, a lot of small producers who now sell inside the Ferry Building got their start from the farmers markets, so it's a great way to find and support newer producers and products.

              1. re: JasmineG

                Good point. I am in total agreement with you.

          2. re: soupçon

            Do any of the Ferry Plaza shops stock the Apple Farm stuff or the Tierra dried peppers?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I've seen Apple Farm products at both Boulette's and Cowgirl.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Tierra is going to start selling their dried stuff at the Tuesday market.

            2. There is also the Sunday Temescal Farmers Market at the Claremont DMV. Blue Chair has a stand there as does Blue Bottle Coffee, Vice Chocolate, Mariposa Barkery (Glutten Free bakery), Prather Ranch meats, .... Many of these vendors also show up at the Grand Lake Farmers Market.

              During Janurary there are still some produce venders but they number is greatly reduced.

              Prather Ranch
              1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

              Blue Bottle Cafe
              66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

              Grand Lake Farmers Market
              Grand Ave and Lakepark Way, Oakland, CA

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              1. re: skwid

                The Grand Lake Market in Oakland on Saturdays is also good. Blue Chair is always there, Oaklandish, and a boatload of prepared options.

              2. There's a new one to add to the list at the Marin Country Mart. It's in Larkspur across from the Ferry Terminal. And it's a year-round open 9-2 on Saturdays. I got some lovely jam from local Happy Girl Kitchen.