Teaching Resources

Schools and Youth Groups

Foodwise welcomes schools and youth groups to visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The market is open Tuesday (10 am to 2 pm), Thursday (10 am to 2 pm), and Saturday (8 am to 2 pm, year round). We offer these programs, resources, and tips to support classes and youth groups in visiting the farmers market.

Foodwise Kids Program

Foodwise Kids is a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for teaching students to love vegetables and fruits through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson. The program takes place during the school year and serves primarily low-income students. Learn more and request to bring your class.

Planning Your Visit

Schools and youth groups are welcome to visit the farmers market independently from our Foodwise Kids program, too. Please bring at least one adult chaperone for every six children. The best way to enjoy the market is in small groups.

Please review the following rules with the youth and the chaperones before your visit:

  • Please do not let children walk around the market unsupervised.
  • 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.
  • Do not lean on produce (be especially careful with clipboards).

To prepare for your field trip, please review our tips for group visits.

If you have questions, please contact info@foodwise.org or 415.291.3276.

Activity Sheets

We’ve developed activity sheets to facilitate exploration of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. 

Additional Education Resources

  • Kids Cook Farm Fresh Food, developed in 2002 by CUESA’s founder, Sibella Kraus, highlights California crops, offers simple recipes, and includes profiles of some farms that sell at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Download it for free (PDF).
  • San Francisco Unified School District’s Nutrition Education Project is a resource for teachers on nutrition education and physical activity promotion. It contains facts, links, curriculum, and other resources, including farmers market lesson plans.
  • The California School Garden Network has a page of links to free curricula and activities about gardening, eating, and nutrition.
  • Free lesson plans are available for download from the National Farmers Union for a variety of age ranges.
  • Discovering the Food System is a comprehensive learning program for middle school and high school students.