A list of Oakland fresh food and produce Farmers Markets. Many of these markets include live music and arts and crafts. Schedules subject to change without notice. This list is current for 2018 and updated when new information arises.
Old Oakland Farmers’ Market – Year Round
Friday 8am-2pm | Ninth & Broadway
The Old Oakland Market is first big market of the weekend and sponsored by the City of Oakland themselves. This particular farmer market is great because you can go there on your lunch break(if you’re lucky enough to work in Oakland), get great food, listen to live music, eat in the sun and stock up for your kitchen. There is generally some form of live music, an amazing tamale stand and some supreme hot links.
Grand LakeShore Farmers’ Market – Year Round
Saturday 9am-2pm | Splash Pad Park
The Grand Lake Farmer’s Market is a hidden oasis under the 580 and it’s bustling with lively hood. With almost 100 vendors, live music, prepared food and art and clothes vendors it is often rated the best Farmer’s Market in Oakland and the East Bay. You can not possibly walk by without being sucked in by the smell of kettle corn.
Jack London Square Farmers’ Market – Year Round
Sunday 9am-2pm | Water St & Franklin
Another fine Sunday market with a variety of fresh local organic fruit, fresh baked bread, vegetables, nuts, flowers and more. The Jack London Market also has added features such as a performance stage with new local acts playing weekly and a free outdoor Yoga class.
Temescal Farmers’ Market – Year Round
Sunday 9am-1pm | Claremont DMV
Hidden away in the parking lot of the Claremont California Department of Motor Vehicles you will find this little hot spot Farmers Market. In the Temescal District and sponsored by the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District.
Montclair Farmers’ Market – Year Round
Sunday 9am-1pm | La Salle Ave
Up in the Oakland Hills Montclair District and sponsored by the Montclair Village Association you will find this crackin Farmers’ Market on any given Sunday.
Here are a few smaller markets.
Uptown Ordway Farmers Market – Seasonal
Wednesday 10am-2pm | Ordway Plaza
Oakland Artisans Marketplace – Year Round
Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm | Water St JLS Farmers’ Market
Kaiser Hospital Farmers’ Market – Year Round
Friday 10am-2pm | Kaiser Oakland
Fruitvale Farmers’ Market – Year Round
Thursday 2pm-7pm | Fruitvale Village
Freedom Farmers Market – New, Seasonal July – November
Saturdays 10am – 3pm | Right next to existing open to all sellers Temescal Farmer Market
This new one is a little weird because instead of just being a Farmer Market they make it clear to state they are a “certified black farmers market” on most of their promotions and media. They have even gone as far as to say “Oakland as we engage a community vibe of self-reliance”. Which I guess that is good but hey, open up, be inclusive and drop the race baiting name.
Oakland has a lot of markets that any producer can join no matter what ethnicity or background so something like this seems inclusive and counter productive but whatever. There you have it, a new blacks only farmers market. I was unsure of putting this on the list because it promotes division and barriers, but maybe they’ll stop this race stuff and just be an Oakland Farmers Market and join the open community. It seems over the course of the year they have had at least 3 locations and are having a hard time getting a solid footing.
North Oakland Children’s Hospital Market – Year Round
Tuesdays 2pm – 7pm Children’s Hospital
Saturday North Oakland Market – Year Round
Saturdays 9:30am – 2:30pm | Destiny Art Center
Because individual Farmer Markets may change their hours at anytime it is advised you check with them before planning around it. However I do try to keep this updated with the most current info.
Oakland Urban Farms And Community Gardens
Oakland is also home to multiple urban farms and community gardens.
City Slicker Farm Stand
Located at Union Park in West Oakland.
Sells produce to West Oakland residents on Saturdays 10am to sell out.
City Slicker Farms has been vandalized, destroyed, ripped up, water irrigation torn out and more but they are rebuilding with neighbors support. Seems like they’ll have to get security this time around or face the same issues. The war on gentrification will not stop here.
City Slicker Farms host tours, events open to the community and also has a classroom at the West Oakland Farm location.
City Slicker Farms Stand
Full Harvest Urban Farms
Located in the Laurel District off 35th this small 1 acre farm has it all.
Chickens, a pig, goats, ducks, solar panels, some dogs and more.
Mandela Foods Market Place
Located on 7th in West Oakland near BART.
A co-op open 7 days a week providing healthy fresh organic alternatives in the food wastelands of West Oakland.
Phat Beets Free Farm Stand
They change times so visit the site.
Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food is the ultimate way to go and if you have extras you can donate them to your neighborhood, family and friends.
There are a lot of resources for growing your own food in Oakland these days.
Benefits from growing your own food include eating healthier, cheaper and feeling better all around.
Not to mention the great outdoor activity you can partake in with your friends and family.
Transform Your Backyard Into A Garden Farm
What’s the point of your lawn anyways?
I’m actually not suggesting you do this in your front yard because it is Oakland and it will be vandalized but you can do this in your backyard with the sources above.
Please share and participate in local food growing!
List of Oakland Flea Markets.