There's nothing quite like fresh produce, whether you're eating a fresh peach, with its juice running down your chin, or cooking up a feast heavy on vegetables and want the freshest possible produce. Californians enjoy a bounty in many ways thanks to the state they live in, and one of those is having fresh local produce available most or all of the year. In the East Bay, there's an abundance of farmers markets. Almost regardless of what day of the week it is, you can find at least one market to buy your fresh produce; Monday is currently the only exception. All of these farmers' markets operate year-round unless noted.
Sunday Farmers Markets
Jack London Square, Oakland. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Jack London Square Farmers Market takes place rain or shine. In addition to shopping for food, you can enjoy live music, yoga and kids' activities at this market.
Fruitvale Farmers Market, Oakland. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fruitvale Public Market hosts farmers markets every Sunday and Thursday. This market is easily accessible by BART; it's less than a block from the Fruitvale station.
Montclair Village Farmers Market, Oakland. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you're an early bird even on the weekends, the 9 a.m. start time of this market makes it an appealing choice.
Temescal Farmers Market, Oakland. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This market actually takes place at the Claremont DMV. Like the Montclair market – which is run by the same organization – it opens early.
Tuesday Farmers Markets
Alameda Farmers Market, Alameda. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Alameda Farmers Market is open twice weekly: Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Fruitvale Farmers Market, Oakland. noon to 7 p.m.
South Berkeley Farmers Market, Berkeley. 2 to 6:30 p.m. The South Berkeley Farmers Market is located just a few blocks from the Ashby BART station, making public transportation a viable choice.
Wednesday Farmers Markets
Uptown Oakland Farmers Market,Oakland. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May to November. Small, seasonal and all organic. Formerly the Ordway Organic Market.
Thursday Farmers Markets
North Berkeley Farmers Market, Berkeley. 3 to 7 p.m. Located in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood; this market is all-organic.
Friday Farmers Markets
Old Oakland Farmers Market, Oakland. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This farmers' market is conveniently located near the downtown area and the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station.
Saturday Farmers Markets
Alameda Farmers' Market, Alameda. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grand Lake- Oakland Farmers Market, Oakland. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This location was named the East Bay's best farmers market in 2010 by the East Bay Express.
Phat Beets Market, Oakland. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This farmers' market, located in the parking lot of the medical center at this address, accepts WIC and EBT.
Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market, Berkeley. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market takes place adjacent to Civic Center Park. If you buy some of the delicious pre-made food at this market, you can sit on the grass to eat and enjoy the lively bustle of the market.