“The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market on Saturdays is quite the weekly event! Lots of knowledgeable, kind vendors with endless delicious foods, pastries, and flavors to enjoy.”—Linda Justmann
“My favorite farmers’ market is at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California. There are tons of offerings—fresh fish, specialty salads, hummus, fresh chicken, and ramen sauces with noodles. There’s even a vendor who provides all types of mushrooms, plus food trucks and blade sharpeners. I always over-buy!”—Terri Cook
“The best and most diverse farmers’ market in the East Bay area of California has to be the Irvington Farmers’ Market on Sundays in Fremont, California. The market features international-style produce such as tomatillos, gai lan (Chinese broccoli), and fresh herbs like mint and Thai basil for pho. Ask someone how to cook the winter melon and you will start a debate!”—Alfred Jay Spielmann
“Go on a trip around the world with the sounds and colors at the Asian Farmers Market on Broadway in Sacramento. You’ll find seasonal veggies and fruits such as bitter melon, kumquats, and exotic leafy herbs grown on family farms. Once, while I was praising some yard-long beans, world-famous chef Mai Pham walked up to me and said, ‘Master chef Martin Yan [Yan Can Cook] would agree with you!’ Even more fun: Be sure to bargain!”—Elizabeth Xiu Wong
“The Gilroy (California) Farmers’ Market* is charming and festive, and a great place to buy locally grown vegetables, fruit, and herbs. You’ll also find assorted crafts from regional vendors and yummy treats such as fresh peanuts, loaded baked potatoes, and bacon goodies sold from a converted school bus. My husband and I thoroughly enjoy visiting farmers’ markets, and this is one of our favorites. We especially love the additional garlic choices!”—Sally Devine
*Editor's note: The Gilroy Farmers' Market is taking a temporary break while looking for a new location.