Group Visits

Foodwise welcomes groups of all ages to visit our farmers markets, including tour groups and classes. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is open Tuesday (10 am to 2 pm), Thursday (10 am to 2 pm), and Saturday (8 am to 2 pm), year round.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates rain or shine, but please keep in mind that it is located outdoors in an uncovered area. Most groups attend our Tuesday market. The Thursday market has abundant lunch choices and a handful of farmers. The Saturday market can be very crowded and is only possible to navigate in small groups. 

Planning Your Visit

  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are located inside the Ferry Building on the ground floor, at either end of the building.
  • Lunch is available at all three weekly markets. Check our sellers page to find out what restaurants can be found on each market day. There are tables in the market (available only on a first-come-first-served basis) that may be sufficient for small groups; larger groups sometimes have lunch across the Embarcadero in Justin Herman Plaza
  • The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a wonderful place to learn about where food comes from, and it is also a place of business. Please don’t block customer access to a stand. For groups of more than a few people, line up and approach each stand in pairs. Don’t interrupt a seller’s conversation with a customer. Wait until they are done and then ask your question. 
  • ​Ask permission at each stand before touching or sampling produce. Please do not take more than one sample per person.
  • To make the experience more meaningful, some groups buy food together to create a communal meal or snack.
  • Maps and information are available at the Information Booth. To find out more about the Info Booth, Veggie Valet, parking, and market programs and amenities, visit the market services page.
  • We encourage you to visit at different times of the year to gain an understanding of California’s harvest seasons. To learn what produce might be available each month, consult our seasonality charts.

Schools and Youth Groups

Foodwise welcomes schools and youth groups to visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. We offer these programs, resources, and tips to support classes and youth groups in visiting the farmers market. Learn more.