Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Visitor Info

Embarcadero and Market Streets, San Francisco

Saturday (8 am – 2 pm) and Tuesday & Thursday (10 am – 2 pm), year round

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market takes place at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero at the base of Market Street in San Francisco. Find parking and transit options and other helpful visitor information here. For a complete list of vendors, click here.

The market takes place three days a week, year round, rain or shine.

  • Saturday (8 am to 2 pm): With more than 100 vendors, our largest market surrounds the Ferry Building, providing a wide variety of produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options, plus free education programs hosted by Foodwise.
  • Tuesday (10 am to 2 pm): Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the week at our vibrant Tuesday market, which features more than 20 farms and prepared food options.
  • Thursday (10 am to 2 pm): With 10 to 15 vendors, the Thursday farmers market offers a wide array of street food lunch options, plus fresh produce to meet your midweek shopping needs.

The Ferry Building is one of the most easily accessed locations in the Bay Area. There are many public transit and biking options, along with parking options. We encourage shoppers to walk, bike, or take public transit to spare the air.

Public Transit

You can reach the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market by all San Francisco BART lines, numerous MUNI lines, the F Market Streetcar, the California Street Cable Car line, and several ferry lines. From the Peninsula, ride Caltrain and connect with MUNI’s N-Judah. Plan your trip with detailed Bay Area transit information, maps, and schedules at transit.511.org.

sites/default/files/bart.gif Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): The Embarcadero BART Station is just one block away on Market Street, between Drumm Street and Beale Street. It is served by all BART lines that go to San Francisco (red, yellow, green, and blue lines). For schedules, go to bart.gov.

sites/default/files/muni.jpg San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI): Many buses, trains, and streetcars all stop at or near the Ferry Building. Nearby MUNI stops include the 1, 2, 6, 9, 14,14R, F, and N bus and rail lines. Plan your trip at transit.511.org.

sites/default/files/boat.gif Ferry: Terminals for Sausalito, Oakland, Alameda, and Larkspur ferries are behind the Ferry Building. For schedules, visit sanfranciscobayferry.com.

Biking

sites/default/files/bike.gif With a large two-way bike lane, the Embarcadero is easily accessed by bicycle. Bike racks are located in front of and behind the building. We recommend that you use a sturdy U-lock, as there have been incidents of cable-clipping. For bike lane maps and cycling information, go to sfbike.org.

Driving and Parking 

For driving directions, visit Google Maps. There are a number of affordable parking options within a couple blocks of the Ferry Building.

  • Saturday: Golden Gateway Garage (250 Clay Street, between Battery and Davis Streets) is open 7 am to 7 pm, with an all-day flat rate of $8, no validation required. Embarcadero Center 4 Parking Lot (4 Embarcadero Center) is $3 per hour without validation, or $2 for 0-4 hours with validation at the Info Booth (normal rates apply after 4 hours).
  • Tuesday and Thursday: On weekdays, the best option is the ProPark Parking Lot at Embarcadero and Washington, which is $4 for the 1st hour with validation at the Info Booth, $8 for the 2nd hour, and $8/hour after that ($62 maximum daily rate).
  • Motorcycles: There are 40 parking spaces just north of the Ferry Building at Pier ½ ($.50/hour 7 am to 7 pm; $.25/hour 7 pm to 11 pm).

Foodwise farmers markets adhere to the policies and recommendations of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Foodwise offers many services to make your farmers market shopping experience more accessible, easy, and enjoyable. Learn more about our market services.

Most of our farmers market sellers take credit cards and contactless payments (such as Apple Pay). Look for “We Take Credit Cards” signs at their stalls, or just ask them!

You can also use your credit card or contactless payment at the Foodwise Info Booth to purchase wooden market coins, which can be redeemed at any farmers market stall. Note: Market coin purchases with Square at the Info Booth will be assessed a service fee.

ATM machines are located inside the Ferry Building on the north and south ends of the building.

Yes! Foodwise farmers markets accept CalFresh/EBT (also known as SNAP or food stamps). During market hours, customers can use their EBT card at the Foodwise Info Booth to receive market coins. EBT shoppers can double their dollars up to $15 per market day through the Market Match program, which offers tokens redeemable in the market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers must be redeemed directly at participating sellers’ stalls.

Learn more about food access at Foodwise farmers markets.

California Health & Safety Code 114259.5 stipulates that live animals aren’t allowed in certified farmers markets and permitted food facilities, with the exception of service animals. Fraudulently misrepresenting service animals is a misdemeanor (California Penal Code 365.7 [a]). Please make plans to leave your animal at home or at a safe place outside of the market.

Thank you for your interest. To learn more and apply, please see our prospective sellers page.

Yes! Volunteers are vital members of our team who perform a wide range of duties such as assisting customers at our farmers markets and supporting our education programs. Learn more about volunteering opportunities.

Foodwise is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. We operate farmers markets and offer education programs for eaters of all ages. Learn more.

Foodwise welcomes groups of all ages to visit our farmers markets, including classes and tour groups. At this time we do not offer tours, but we are sometimes able to accommodate requests for a brief introduction to the market by a Foodwise staff member. Learn more about planning your visit.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market began in September of 1992 as a one-time “Harvest Market,” with farmers and local restaurants gathering on a Sunday morning in the middle of the Embarcadero Roadway. Learn more about the market’s history.

Certified Farmers Markets are locations certified by the Agricultural Commissioner of the county in which they are held where only California Certified Producers sell agricultural products directly to consumers. All of the farmers who sell at our market are certified as producers by the counties where they grow. Each county requires the submission of a production list complete with crop types, number of acres, location, estimated harvest and harvest season. From this information, a Producer’s Certificate is issued. The County Agricultural Inspector visits the farm during production to confirm that the farmer is growing what they claim to be.

All products that are not produced on a farm or sold by a farmer are sold in a non-certified, adjunct portion of each market. These items include non-farmstead cheeses and preserves, breads, prepared foods, and some meats. Many of our artisans and purveyors buy ingredients from our farmers to create their products.

Learn more in our glossary.

No. Foodwise has deep connections with the Ferry Building Marketplace, and many of the businesses got their start in Foodwise’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, but the shops inside the Ferry Building Marketplace are private retail spaces managed by the Ferry Building, not Foodwise. Visit the Ferry Building Marketplace.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is in the located near many attractions on the waterfront. Here are just a few.

We invite your questions and input! Please feel free to contact us at info@foodwise.org or 415.291.3276.