Visit a farmers' market in Berkeley

Farmers' markets provide consumers with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other produce. Many visitors enjoy these markets because they can pick up freshly grown items and meet some of their neighbors. People who check out some of the homes for sale in Berkeley will find a vast array of farmers' markets available, including those listed below.

Downtown Berkeley
Take a trip downtown to explore the items available at this farmers' market. It takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Center Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

North Berkeley
The North Berkeley farmers' market is held Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Adeline Street and 63rd Street and Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Shattuck Avenue at Rose Street. Customers can enjoy numerous vendors at both events, and the Thursday farmers' market includes all organic products.

Albany
On Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., farmers' market enthusiasts can visit the Albany event on Solano Avenue at San Pablo Avenue. This gathering takes place from June to October.

Farmers' market guests are treated to more than just food and beverages at the events. In Berkeley, visitors may appreciate the extensive range of opportunities available at the farmers' markets, thanks in part to the support of the Ecology Center.

Berkeley's farmers' markets and the Ecology Center
Since 1987, the Ecology Center has operated Berkeley's farmers' markets. The center promotes environmentally and socially responsible programs that teach local residents through hands-on experiences.

"From the very beginning, the...[Berkeley] farmers' markets have distinguished themselves from other farmers' markets, by keeping to the stated values of environment, community and justice" Berkeley Assemblywoman Loni Hancock said.

With the Berkeley farmers' markets, visitors can buy fresh, locally produced fruits, nuts, farm-processed foods and more. These markets feature products from small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture techniques and enable shoppers to pursue items they might otherwise have trouble finding in larger supermarkets.

Additionally, the farmers' markets often host musicians, educational events and cultural gatherings throughout the year. The performances provide enriching experiences for attendees while they shop for items from local vendors.

Check out the list below to learn more about a few of the merchants who sell items at the Berkeley farmers' markets.

Bariani Olive Oil
A family owned and operated company, Bariani Olive Oil supplies local residents with pure olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The business guarantees the quality of its products, and its registered organic extra virgin olive oil has a distinct taste.

Avalos Organic Farm
With melons, tomatoes, strawberries and other assorted fruits and vegetables, the Avalos Organic Farm stand has attracted many visitors at the Berkeley farmers' markets. Efren Avalos, the farm's owner, runs a farm near Hollister that provides a broad selection of produce for restaurants and markets. Avalos said he takes pride in his produce and uses numerous growing practices to ensure the quality of his items.

"I love my job because I can bring this nice community a little bit of the good food that they deserve," Avalos said. 

Carapache Fishing
Based in Oakland, Carapache Fishing supplies quality Dungeness crab to patrons. The company strives to provide consumers with fresh crab directly to consumers.

Carapache Fishing distinguishes itself from other seafood providers because of its focus on sustainability. The business emphasizes direct fishery to reduce waste, removes only certain crabs to protect the reproduction of the species and uses metal traps that safeguard the natural habitat.