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Farmers Markets - An Adventure in Wellness

Farmers Markets have gained considerable popularity in recent years. With the option to support your local community, obtain fresh fruits and vegetables along with a myriad of other items ranging from flowers to jewelry, it's no wonder.

I recently discovered that the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service maintains a current searchable (voluntary & self-reported) database of Farmers Markets near you.

After a little more delving and perusing, I was surprised to learn just how many year-round Farmers Markets are in the South Bay Area. I've compiled a list of 25 different Farmers Markets for you to check out.

Alum Rock

Sunday 8:00 AM to 1:00PM Year-round The Alum Rock Village Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Alum Rock Village Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Berryessa

Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-round The Berryessa Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Berryessa Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Cambrian

Wednesday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM May - September

Campbell

Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-round

Cupertino

Friday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-round The Vallco Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Vallco Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Evergreen

Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round The Evergreen Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Evergreen Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Japantown San Jose

Sunday 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Year-Round

Kaiser Permanente San Jose

Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Year-round The Kaiser Permanente San Jose Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Year-round The Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Los Altos

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round

Los Gatos

Sunday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM April - December Sunday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM January - March The Los Gatos Farmers' Market is located on Montebello Way and Broadway Extension adjacent to Town Park Plaza in downtown Los Gatos. All their markets feature some of the best organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, cheese, dried fruits, nuts, beans, herbs, breads, specialty spreads and dressings, preserves, juice, fresh cut flowers, and freeze-dried flower arrangements and wreaths in season. While there are no breads at the Los Gatos market, it is the only market with an oyster bar.

Menlo Park

Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round

Milpitas

Sunday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round The Milpitas Farmers' Market at ICC is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Milpitas Farmers' Market at ICC until December 31, 2011.

Mountain View

Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round

Old Macdonald's (San Jose)

Monday - Sunday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Year-round

Palo Alto

Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round  

San Jose Blossom Hill

Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Year-round The Blossom Hill Farmers' Market at the Princeton Plaza Mall feeds the Blossom Hill Neighborhood of San Jose. Meet over 40 California family farmers and local food lovers from all over Santa Clara County. Rain or shine!

San Jose Downtown

Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM May 6, 2011 to Nov 18, 2011 The San Jose Downtown Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the San Jose Downtown Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Santa Clara

Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round

Santa Teresa

Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM April 30, 2011 to November 19, 2011 The Santa Teresa Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Santa Teresa Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Santana Row

Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Apr 3, 2011 to Oct 30, 2011 The Santana Row Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Santana Row Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Saratoga

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round Seasonal fruits and vegetables for Saratoga and Santa Clara County year-round in the parking lot at the West Valley College at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market direct from local California farmers. With over 50 farmers and food producers, you are sure to find something you love!

Sunnyvale

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-Round

Willow Glen

Sunday 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM May 8 - Oct 30 The Willow Glen Community Farmers' Market - featuring nearly 40 booths - is located at The Garden Theater building, 1165 Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of Willow Glen. More than 100 on-site parking spaces are available, with vehicle entrances at both Meredith and Willow.    

 

VA Palo Alto

Wednesday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Apr 13, 2011 to Nov 16, 2011 The VA Palo Alto Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the VA Palo Alto Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.