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Farmers' Markets

Farmers' Markets
Local produce, amazing finds

Go where the top chefs and locals go for their produce to see the amazing bounty that is California agriculture in a single swoop. Here are some great ones to visit.

Marin Farmers Market (San Rafael). Local chefs, foodies, and families flock to this huge market jam-packed with the best of Marin and Sonoma County farms and ranches; open Thursdays and Sundays year-round.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (San Francisco). The city’s 1890s ferry terminal has been reborn as a remarkable food hall focusing on local artisan food purveyors. It also hosts a huge farmers market (Tues/Thurs/Sat), a favourite of local chefs in this ultimate foodie city.

Davis Farmers Market (Davis). This wildly popular twice-weekly market has incredible produce (look for unusual Asian fruits and vegetables), entertainment, and cooking demos. The “Picnic in the Park” market (Wed eve from mid March through October) includes a wine and beer garden.

Santa Monica Farmers Market (Santa Monica). Celebrity sightings are almost as common as just-picked strawberries at this party-like market-cum-street-fair with three locations (Wed/Sat/Sun).

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