Depending on the time of year, visitors can enjoy at least one—if not both—of Palo Alto's farmers' markets. With both markets located in bustling areas of town, visitors can buy fresh food while experiencing a taste of Palo Alto locals. A perfect way to buy locally and eat seasonally!
Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market
The outdoor market opens the second Saturday in May and runs every Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon through the second Saturday in December. Farmers and merchants sell locally grown fruits and vegetables and other edibles including cheese, bread, honey, eggs, fish and flowers. Visitors can also enjoy music all morning. The market is located on Gilman Avenue (behind the downtown post office on Hamilton Avenue), and visitors can find free parking underneath City Hall. A portion of the proceeds from the operation of the market are donated to Avenidas, which serves seniors on the Midpeninsula.
California Avenue Farmers Market
Located on California Avenue, east of El Camino Real, the California Avenue Farmers Market supports farmers selling a wide variety of organic and traditionally grown produce, fresh fish, assorted breads, cheese, fresh honey, flowers, made-to-order foods and crafts. The market operates year-round on Sundays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.