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The Alemany Farmers' Market in San Francisco, California

Updated on September 3, 2011
The Alemany Farmer's Market, near the 101 & 280 Junction in south San Francisco, is a great place to buy lower-priced vegetables, fruits, nuts and other farm goods (including honey/pollen and olive oil), as well as enjoy a nice brunch. The prices are considerably lower than at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market in downtown SF; similar to Chinatown prices, but with a much broader variety of stuff you can buy.

A markerAlemany Farmers' Market -
1080 Peralta Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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2 families who have been selling at Alemany Farmers' Market for years

Driving directions, Hours, Prices - Practical Information

Practical info:

  • Driving directions: Use the map above, or follow these directions:
    Take 101 South to the Cesar Chavez exit. Bear Left for CC East/Bayshore, and then again bear right for Bayshore Blvd. Continue down to Alemany Blvd and turn right. You'll see the market on your right.
  • Parking: Either wait an eternity for parking to open up in the market (there are probably 20 spots in the market, and another 30 on the street in the immediate vicinity), or drive around the neighborhood for plenty of residential parking. I almost always drive up the hill and park on a residential street that's about a 3-minute walk downhill to the market.
  • Hours: every Saturday, 6am - 5pm, year round
  • Temperature: This is San Francisco, so even on sunny days, you might want to dress warm. For some reason it always seems chilly/windy here, even on relatively warm days.
  • Types of produce: One stand has an excellent selection of common and exotic mushrooms (including pink "flamingo" oyster mushrooms). Several specialize in Asian vegetables like bitter melon and bok choy, and even some with Asian herbs like "hot mint" and Thai basil. Lots that have a large selection of Western vegetables and fruits. There were a couple of very popular Filipino stands with vegetables I didn't know. Also a few stands selling live seafood (crabs for $4.50/lb, shrimp) and a cheese stand. There are several that feature Mexican/Central American produce, too. I once bought a large bag of fresh flores de calabaza (zucchini flowers) for $2! (You can easily overpay for these at pricier markets in the area)
  • Ready to eat stands: They have a couple of bakeries (bread & pastries), 1 Mexican brunch food stand (with tamales & chiliaquiles), 1 specializing in Afghan food, another in Indian food (with ready-to-eat samosas), and 1 crepe stand (see picture below at bottom). The crepes were $4-8 apiece, considerably cheaper than Ti Couz and freshly made.
  • Prices: Vary based on season. We bought Swiss chard at $1/bunch, compared to $2.75/bunch at the Oakland Splash Pad Park market, but the quality wasn't as good. We bought 3 cartons of strawberries for $5--excellent quality but not organic (they sold out of those by 8am). We got beautiful portobello mushrooms for $4/lb. A GREAT salad stand was selling mixed greens, arugula, mizuna and others for $2/lb.

We parked up the hill in Bernal Heights (residential neighborhood). The market is to the below-left.
We parked up the hill in Bernal Heights (residential neighborhood). The market is to the below-left.
The stands are under the canopies. We got there at 9, and it was already somewhat crowded.
The stands are under the canopies. We got there at 9, and it was already somewhat crowded.
Long colonnades, decorated with murals common in the Mission, house many more stands.
Long colonnades, decorated with murals common in the Mission, house many more stands.
View of the other colonnade of stands. At the far end are tents, mostly for prepared food if you're hungry.
View of the other colonnade of stands. At the far end are tents, mostly for prepared food if you're hungry.
You can buy honey, olive oil and other farm goods, but you generally won't find as good a deal as you do with produce.
You can buy honey, olive oil and other farm goods, but you generally won't find as good a deal as you do with produce.
Vendors and shoppers interact, and popular stands start developing llnes.
Vendors and shoppers interact, and popular stands start developing llnes.
One of my father's favorites--fresh almonds. Armenians make jam out of this.
One of my father's favorites--fresh almonds. Armenians make jam out of this.
A French guy was making crepes from scratch. We enjoyed egg/swiss/mushroom, and brie/pesto/tomato crepes, for $6 apiece. Buckwheat batter. DELICIOUS!
A French guy was making crepes from scratch. We enjoyed egg/swiss/mushroom, and brie/pesto/tomato crepes, for $6 apiece. Buckwheat batter. DELICIOUS!

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      Peggy Woods 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Next time we are in San Francisco we will check it out. The crepes sound delicious!

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      Bob Peterson 10 years ago

      Hey: I went to farmer's market last saturday, I ahd Afghani which is called Bolani,It is a flat bread it feld with spenich,pumpkin,potato,Lentil,and they had the spreads , I had 1 samples and i bought $30 and they gived me 1 spread with a flat bread for free, I recommend for you guys to go to Alameny market on saturday and try the afghani food.

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      Jason Menayan 11 years ago from San Francisco

      You're quite welcome! We'll definitely be going back. I'd suggest going hungry so you can try the crepes out!

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      gredmondson 11 years ago

      I REALLY ENJOYED THIS HUB, AND I HOPE TO GO TO THIS FARMER'S MARKET. THANKS FOR THE TEXT AND PHOTOS!

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