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“Makes me jealous”

Heart of the City Farmers' Market
Ranked #196 of 542 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: San Francisco's only independent, farmer-operated non-profit farmers market since 1981. Sundays 7:00am - 5:00pm & Wednesdays 7:00am - 5:30pm. Open year-round, rain or shine.
Denver, Colorado
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114 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Makes me jealous”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

I was completely amazed by the variety and quality of the offerings here. It's not in the best area, (the Tenderloin) so most won't come anywhere near it, but definitely a can't miss if you do! I wish our farmer's markets were even half of what this one was. Definitely try to go if you can, it's worth it.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Surrey, UK
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39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Loved this place”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Loved this place for so many reasons. Great atmosphere - bustling with people of all backgrounds and ages. Great food - fantastic fruit and veg, flowers, proper cheese, olives, bread. Free samples to try and food stalls to snack at. And great ethic about bring produce from small farmers at reasonable prices into the 'food desert' of the city. Had a great time taking photos - so colourful.

Visited September 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best quality in SF, good prices, nice respite from surrounding neighborhood”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Many of the same folks who bring you the Saturday Farmers Market at Alemany Blvd are here at UN Plaza on Sundays and Wednesdays from 07:00-16:00, and recently have also added Fridays, from 07:00-14:00. If you show up at 7 a.m., you will mostly encounter older Chinese ladies and Russian couples - neither of which speak much English, but all of which have sharp elbows and won't hesitate to jab you over a large juicy peach that's already in the palm of your hand.

This area is very sketchy, between "homeless" drug users, and criminal elements, but security is stepped up during the farmers' market times, so it feels pretty safe. Keep a hold of your wallet, nonetheless.

If you don't have cash, there is apparently a service on site that sells tokens to use at the farmers markets that accepts credit cards. Not sure about the fees or logistics. Several venders sell tree-ripened fruit that must be eaten that day. While it may seem rotten, it is actually perfectly ripened and ready to be eaten on the spot. Lower prices does not necessarily always mean lower quality.

Visited September 2012
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“WOW Go”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

great people and atmosphere , amazing stalls , food out of this world fresh never ending, all ripe and ready , had hot breakfast best scrambled eggs in our trip could have stayed for ever ,

Visited August 2012
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NOLA, United States
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123 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Go during lunch”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

This is a great place for fresh produce and home made lunch plates. While you walk around you can sample fresh fruit, cheeses and breads of all sorts. I got a hamburger that was grass fed, free range cow that tasted very happy. Prices are low to moderate for san fran standards.

Visited February 2012
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