30 Farmers Markets in Alameda County



Joanna Normoyle of Guru Ram Das Orchards at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market. Credit: Ecology Center

This guide is part of East Bay Nosh Local Produce Week, a series of stories about urban farming, growing your own food, and eating from the land. You can see all the stories in this package at the Week of local products page.

It would be great if we could all grow everything we need to eat in our own backyards, but that’s not a practical expectation for every resident of East Bay – and, let’s face it, after a while, only eating the food you grow might get a bit boring. That’s where our abundance of local farmers’ markets comes in, with a huge variety of produce (most grown within a decent radius) as well as fish, meat, cheese and staples. Most local markets also offer prepared meals and meals to eat on the spot, for people who are too hungry to wait.

This list covers all farmers’ markets currently operating in Alameda County. If you are looking for markets elsewhere in the region, the California Department of Food and Agriculture offers a regularly updated county-by-county spreadsheet of all certified markets in the state.

Berkeley agricultural markets

Shoppers at a Berkeley Farmers Market. Credit: Nancy Rubin

South Berkeley Farmer’s Market
Adeline and 63rd Street
Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., all year round

A favorite among local chefs, this weekly market is known as much for its amazing produce as it is for supporting local activists seeking attention for the cause of the day.

Downtown Berkeley Farmer’s Market
Center Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all year round

This compact market offers plenty of local meats and produce, as well as a healthy contingent of prepared food vendors for people who want to dine in.

North Berkeley Farmer’s Market
Shattuck Avenue to Rose Street
Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., all year round

A fully organic market with cheese, olive oil and remarkable fruit vendors.

Oakland agricultural markets

The Happy Boy Farms are held at the Temescal Farmer’s Market. 1 credit

AKOMA outdoor market
Liberation Park (6955 Foothill Boulevard)
First and third Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all year round

This market is intended to support black and brown farmers, makers and vendors, with a variety of produce stalls, food trucks and catering operations.

Liberty Farmers Market
Shattuck Avenue and 46th Street
Second Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from December 11 to June 11
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 11 to November 12

Access to affordable organic produce is the goal of this market, which makes room for historically marginalized farmers across the state.

Fruitvale Village Farmer’s Market
San Leandro Street and 35th Avenue, near the BART
Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., all year round

This market showcases local vendors with a mix of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as prepared meals and quick bites.

Hatice Yildiz, owner of Simurgh Bakery, at the Grand Lake Farmers Market in Oakland. Credit: Kathryn Bowen

Grand Lake Farmers Market
Grand Avenue and Lake Park Way
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., all year round

The Grand Lake Farmers Market enjoys a scenic location by Splash Pad Park and showcases local produce, flowers, coffee, pastries and prepared meals.

Jack London Square Farmer’s Market
Webster Street and Embarcadero West
Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., all year round

With its abundance of colorful produce and prepared food vendors, this market’s waterside location makes it particularly scenic.

Kaiser
3801 Howe Street (across from the Fabiola Building)
Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from April to October

This market takes place in the Oakland Kaiser parking lot, making it a great option for families with kids who want to walk around.

Montclair Village
Avenue Moraga and Avenue La Salle
Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round
The Montclair Village Farmer’s Market features seasonal produce, fresh flowers, baked goods and more.

Old Oakland
Ninth Street between Broadway and Clay Street
Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., all year round

Located in historic downtown Oakland, this Farmer’s Market is conveniently located for those looking to purchase local farm produce and also stop in Oakland’s Chinatown.

Temescal
5300 Claremont Ave (at the DMV)
Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

The Temescal Farmer’s Market not only features fresh local produce, but also offers attendees the chance to sharpen their knives every second and fourth Sunday of the month. The market also features local textile and clothing manufacturers every two weeks.

West Oakland
18th Street and Peralta Street
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all year round, grand opening June 5

The new West Oakland Farmer’s Market will feature locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as freshly baked dairy, meat, seafood, local coffee and pastries.

Beyond

Farmer’s market figs. Credit: Felicity O’Meara

Alameda

Alameda Farmer’s Market
710 Haight Avenue at Webster Street
Saturday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

the West Alameda Business Association co-sponsors this market, so expect a strong contingent of local vendors. Pro tip: Parking for this market is very tight, so if you can find another way to get there (bike, ferry, teleporter), take it.

Castro Valley

Castro Valley Farmers Market
Castro Valley BART station parking lot
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

Everything at this market is grown or made in California, from dairy and eggs to meat and cheese to a range of farm-focused certified organic products.

Dublin

Dublin Farmers Market
Emerald Glen Park (4201 Central Pkwy)
Thursday 4-8 p.m., April 7–Sept. 29

This market is home to notable fresh pasta makers, Central Valley nut producers and produce grown miles from its idyllic setting.

The Cerrito

El Cerrito Farmer’s Market
The southwest corner of the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center parking lot (2000-8000 El Cerrito Pl.)
Tuesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

This venerable market has been in the game since 1994 and hosts a slew of certified California growers from the Bay Area and beyond.

Fremont

Irvington Farmers Market
Bay Street and Trimboli Way
Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., all year round

This market offers an array of stone fruit producers, locally made cheesecakes and perfectly ripe avocados.

nils
37573 Niles Blvd.
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., all year round

Part of the West Coast Farmers Markets association of markets, Fremont’s Niles Market is one of the smaller markets on this list, and while it has a few farm stalls, it’s geared more towards prepared foods and retail vendors.

Hayward

Hayward Farmer’s Market
City Hall Plaza (Watkins Street between B and C streets)
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

Look out for locally caught seafood, eggs laid at nearby farms, and a mix of local and organic produce.

Kensington

Livermore

newark

Newark Farmer’s Market
NewPark shopping center car park
Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

The Marin Agricultural Institute, which oversees this market, says it is “one of the most diverse farmers’ markets in East Bay,” with more than 55 vendors each week. If you have trouble finding it, head to the Burlington Coat Factory and Macy’s, it’s right there.

Pleasanton

Pleasanton Farmers Market
46 Angela Street West.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

This medium-sized market (around 20-25 vendors) has one of the easiest parking lots in the area, with an abundance of vegetables and berries.

richmond

Richmond Certified Farmer’s Market
24th Street and Barrett Avenue
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., all year round

This market has been selling fresh produce since 1984, with an emphasis on locally grown fruit and fresh eggs.

New approach to the mobile market
Nevin Avenue and Civic Center Plaza (across from the public library)
Wednesday 10am-1pm

The Fresh Approach Mobile Farmers Market operates from a truck and parks in front of the Richmond Public Library. The truck presents weekly baskets filled with seasonal products.

San Leandro

Market at the Bayfair Center
Fairmont Street and E 14th Street (King Lot to Bayfair Center)
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

This market serves as the regional market for the San Leandro, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and Hayward areas and features over 45 farm stalls, including corn from Brentwood and berries from Watsonville.

Downtown San Leandro
300 Estudillo Avenue
Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., from April 6 to October 5

This market has up to 30 vendors offering fresh local produce as well as San Leandro’s own Hummus Heaven. The market also features local honey, dumplings and live music every week.

Union City

Old Alvarado/Cesar Chavez Park
Smith and Watkins streets
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., all year round

Located in Old Alvarado Park, this market offers fresh seasonal produce, seafood, succulents, and prepared meals such as frozen ravioli to take home.



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