By Tianna Nguy, Communications Intern
Farmers’ Markets will be held all across the Bay Area this summer. A selection of local fruits, vegetables, and other delights are offered while wonderfully in season. Here’s a list of a few Farmers’ Markets that are available near a Caltrain or SamTrans station to help you avoid parking and congested traffic, so you’ll get straight to the sweet harvest of local farmers’ produce around the Bay Area.
Brisbane Farmers’ Market: For the past five years, the Brisbane Farmers’ Market has been celebrating their small town atmosphere with warm and friendly Brisbane shoppers. Every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Community Park at 11 Old County Road, you’ll find fruits, vegetables, specialty foods, and friendly neighbors with live music and plenty of space for kids to play. Hop off the train at the Bayshore Caltrain station and take SamTrans 292 to Bayshore Boulevard and Old County Road.
Burlingame Farmers’ Market: Burlingame’s Fresh Markets are a weekly Sunday favorite that runs through January and before Christmas from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burlingame Fresh Market is a certified market featuring California growers who deliver seasonal produce, flowers, and including organic items. The market also has musical entertainment to go along with your experience. The market is close to the Burlingame Caltrain Station, so once you hop off the train, head straight down Burlingame Avenue and make a left onto Park Road towards 110 Park Road. If you’re taking SamTrans, take the ECR route down to El Camino Real & Howard Avenue, and a short walk towards Park Road will get you to the fresh harvest of Burlingame’s Farmers’ Market.
Belmont Certified Farmers’ Market: Held year-round on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Belmont Farmers’ Market is located on El Camino Real and O’Neill Street. You’ll find the best of California’s agricultural bounty from the farmer to you. The market offers an array of fruits, vegetables, greens and nuts as well as freshly baked breads, pastries, specialty foods, and even flowers. There will be live music weekly as well, so enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors while shopping for the season’s harvest. Take Caltrain to the Belmont Station or SamTrans ECR bus, and walk 5 minutes toward 1299 El Camino Real.
San Carlos Farmers’ Market: Held in downtown San Carlos, the San Carlos Farmers’ Market is available year-round on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farmers’ market attracts thousands to shop the many vendors of fresh produce and specialty foods. Live music in the downtown park will keep shoppers entertained as well as a destination event for family and friends. Local retailers and fine restaurants surround downtown. You’ll find what you want while people watching at the market. San Carlos Caltrain Station and the SamTrans ECR bus will drop you off at El Camino Real & Arroyo Avenue, which are a few steps away from the farmers’ market. You can walk from the station towards Laurel Street.
Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers’ Market: Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through November from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will find seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheese, pastries, and so much more. The market will be located on the 500 block of Arguello Street, in Downtown Redwood City, near the Redwood City Caltrain Station.
Menlo Park Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday from 9a.m. to 1p.m. near the Menlo Park Caltrain Station parking lot, farmers throughout California bring their own unique produce all year long to the Menlo Park Farmers’ Market. From fresh dates, organic mushrooms, local fish and crab out of Half Moon Bay, and a luscious selection of fruits from the Central Valley. This farmers’ market is located on Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz Avenue and Menlo Avenue.
Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market: Downtown Palo Alto’s Farmers’ Market is a seasonal Saturday morning market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Farmers’ Market provides access to fresh and seasonal vegetables, fruit, and other specialty foods. This is a great farmers’ market to walk to as parking is limited, or you can take the Caltrain to the Palo Alto Station. It’s just a few blocks away from Gilman Street and Hamilton Avenue where the market takes place.
Mountain View Farmers’ Market: The City of Mountain View will be holding their Farmers’ Market every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. located at the Mountain View Caltrain Station parking lot at 600 West Evelyn. It features more than 70 growers and food vendors with peak season produce, including organic produce, as well as many other delights. Take the Caltrain to the Mountain View Station as the VTA lightrail is also available, and is within walking distance of Downtown Mountain View.
Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market: The Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until November and features more than 30 California-based growers, giving locals an opportunity to shop through local, farm-fresh produce. There’s an annual melon eating contest with a male and female winner, and arts and crafts vendors, handmade goods, live entertainment and family-friendly activities are also available for guests to enjoy. Located on San Pedro Square between Santa Clara and St John Streets, which is a short walk from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station or you can take VTA 17 to Santa Clara and Almaden Avenue that will drop you right off on San Pedro Square.
For more information on California’s Farmers’ Market, visit the California Farmers’ Markets Association to discover more farmers’ markets and information.