Heart of the City Farmers Market is a uniquely independent, farmer-operated, nonprofit farmers market located year round on Sundays and Wednesdays in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza. Our new Friday market has been temporarily closed due to California's extreme drought. We opened in 1981 with a mission to bring high-quality and affordable produce from small local farms to the heart of San Francisco's low-income city center, as well as to support and sustain California's small family farms.
We are an independent non-profit that is operated by its member farmers with a mission to bring healthy food and nutrition education outreach to a fresh food desert that lacks a grocery store. To keep stall fees low so prices stay affordable for our low-income community, our small staff team operates on a shoestring budget and we are fondly known as "The People's Market" for our diversity and grassroots, family-like cooperative structure. Since the market's first day 1981, our farmers have been committed to helping to create a healthy Heart of the City.
About Market Days
We are located in the heart of San Francisco at the United Nations Plaza along Market Street between 7th and 8th Streets. Click here for a map. Our hours are:
Sundays 7am to 5pm - Open year round, rain or shine.
Wednesdays 7am to 5:30pm - Open year round, rain or shine.
Because of our unusually long market hours, some farmers sell out before the close of market. Come before 3pm for the best selection, but many find the best prices later in the day.
WE RARELY CLOSE. We will only be closed on the following holidays:
Pride Parade Sunday, the last Sunday in June
Christmas Closure: If a market day falls on December 24, 25, or 26
New Years Closure: If a market day falls on December 31, January 1 or 2
Our market is run by its farmers and farmers never take a day off, so you can count on us to be open every other day of the year, including holidays.
No Cash? No Problem.
Credit Cards are accepted at our market information tent. If you forget to bring enough cash, don't worry we've got you covered. Use your credit card to purchase $1 market tokens which you may use to go shopping with our vendors. There are no purchase restrictions for our green credit card tokens and they never expire.
We Accept EBT Cards, WIC Vouchers, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers, and VeggieRX Vouchers
Heart of the City has been a leader in serving vulnerable communities by accepting EBT, WIC, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons, and now VeggieRX coupons in partnership with Fresh Approach. We take pride in the fact that we were one of the first markets in California to accept food stamps electronically and we have trained other market managers throughout the state to provide this critical service to communities in need. Nearly 70% of all EBT food stamp purchases made at all farmers markets in San Francisco are made at our market.
WIC, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition, and VeggieRX Vouchers can be used directly with our farmers at their stalls.
EBT Cards can be used at the market information tent during market hours to purchase tokens. Customers receive $1 yellow EBT tokens to buy produce and packaged food items at vendors' stalls. No hot food or non-edible items like flowers may be purchased with EBT tokens. The tokens never expire and can be used at any future market day.
Our Non-Profit Organization and Mission
The farmers who run Heart of the City Farmers’ Market strive to bring high-quality, fresh, and reasonably-priced food from local small farms to the heart of San Francisco's poorest urban neighborhoods, as well as to support sustainable, small-scale agriculture efforts.
Heart of the City Farmers Market is an independent, 501c4 non-profit California Certified Farmers Market governed by a community board known as The Heart of the City Farmers Market Community Advisory Board. This board is comprised of five farmers elected as representatives by our farmer participants and two community representatives elected by our farmer board members to help us connect to and meet the needs of our neighborhood.
We are working to create a healthy mid-Market neighborhood through our "Healthy Heart of the City" campaign that includes nutrition education outreach with local schools, after-school programs and supportive housing buildings, over 1,000 pounds of produce donated each week to our most needy neighbors, and partnerships with local health organizations to make health resources available during market days. We strive to help low-income residents to eat healthy on a budget and nearly 60% of EBT benefits (food stamps) used at San Francisco farmers markets are used here.
Market Tours and Education
We love teaching about how we do things here at Heart of the City. We are proud that our unique market model makes it possible to support our farm families while keeping prices reasonable for low-income San Francisco residents. If you want to learn more about how we operate, stop by the market information tent to chat with our small staff team or contact us at email@example.com to schedule a tour.
Our Healthy Heart of the City nutrition education outreach campaign has been a driving force for promoting healthy eating in our community, a low-income food desert with a high rate of preventable, diet-related disease and an average life expectancy 20 years lower than surrounding neighborhoods. We provide nutrition education for low-income residents in neighboring supportive housing buildings through onsite cooking classes and discussions to demystify fruits and vegetables, increase awareness that EBT benefits may be used to purchase local produce, and promote strategies for incorporating fresh produce into healthy diets on a limited budget. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain nutrition education materials, a PowerPoint presentation, or to schedule a workshop or tour for your organization.