About the Farmers Market

MISSION

The Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market connects local farmers with the community to support direct access to fresh, locally produced food. The Market provides an environment that fosters social gathering and interaction, and donates it proceeds to local community groups.

PRODUCTS

The Market sells fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and flowers, along with other locally produced foods such as dried fruit, nuts, honey, fish, breads, pastries, jam, eggs, cheese, meats, olive oil, tofu, tamales, crêpes, and more.

SELLERS

Approximately 45 farmers and producers from the Capay Valley, Sebastopol, Fresno, Hollister, Santa Cruz, and points in-between.

LOCATION

Gilman Street between Hamilton and Forest, behind the downtown Palo Alto post office. [directions + map]

HOURS

Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

SEASON

From the 2nd Saturday in May through the 3rd Saturday in December.

HISTORY

The farmers market was founded in 1981 by a dedicated group of local volunteers to give downtown residents a place to find fresh produce. The Market has become an essential part of the community, drawing young and old alike to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, listen to live music, and of course, shop for high quality produce and other local artisan foods.

ORGANIZATION

The farmers market is a volunteer-run 501(c)4 non-profit organization. Proceeds from the operation of the market are donated to Avenidas, a non-profit community group for older adults. The Market operates in accordance with Certified California Farmers’ Market guidelines.

BOARD

The market is run by a market manager and a volunteer board. [contact us]