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Sat 8am–2pm | Tue & Thu 10am–2pm

Getting Here

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market takes place at the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco, at the base of Market Street on the Embarcadero. There are many public transit, biking, and parking options listed below.

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 (updated as of January 2022).

Saturday Parking

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 Parking

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).

Motorcycle Parking

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).

Veggie Valet

The Veggie Valet is a free service that allows you to drop off your farmers market purchases and either continue shopping or grab your car for curbside pickup. The Veggie Valet booth is open from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Veggie Valet service is offered through the Info Booth.

Public Transit

The Ferry Building is one of the most easily accessed locations in the Bay Area. We encourage shoppers to take public transit to spare the air. You can reach it by all San Francisco BART lines, many 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. Find Bay Area transit information, maps, and schedules at www.transit.511.org.

sites/default/files/bart.gifBay Area Rapid Transit (BART): The Embarcadero stop is just one block away! Go to www.bart.gov.

 

sites/default/files/muni.jpgSan Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI): Busses, trains, and streetcars all stop at or near the Ferry Building. Plan your trip at www.transit.511.org.

 

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

Biking

sites/default/files/bike.gifWith a large 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 www.sfbike.org.

Other Things to Do Nearby

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

Group Visits

CUESA 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

CUESA 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 »

About CUESA

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