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CUESA's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market FAQ

What is CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market?

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a California Certified Farmers Market operated by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) at San Francisco’s landmark Ferry Building. Since 1993, the market has been a crucial link between Bay Area residents and the farmers who practice sustainable agriculture in the region. The market operates year-round, rain or shine, on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Are the shops inside the building part of the farmers market?

No. The shops inside the Ferry Building Marketplace are private retail spaces, mostly dedicated to food. CUESA has deep connections with the Marketplace (learn more about the history) and many of the businesses got their start in CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, but the shops are not operated by CUESA. Learn more about the Ferry Building Marketplace »

What is the history of the farmers market?

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. Only three years earlier, a two-tiered freeway had run along this roadway, separating the city from its waterfront and the historic Ferry Building. Learn more »

What is CUESA?

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn more »

What is a California Certified Farmers Market?

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. See our glossary of other market terms »

What about products like bread and prepared foods?

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.

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CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »