Not too long ago, urban residents who wanted a selection of fruits and vegetables or flowers had to rely on their local supermarket as their only resource.  Since the rise of local farmers markets, just about every city in the Bay area has developed their own site for shoppers who appreciate the unique and direct from-the-farm products that are now available. 

Two of the most popular are the Grand Lake Farmers Market in the Lakeshore district, and the Montclair Farmers Market in the Montclair district of Oakland.  The Grand Lake Market is the larger of the two, and is located at the intersection of Grand Lake and Lake Park.  It is held every Saturday morning of the year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..  From food trucks to tiny stalls, just about every food experience is possible.  Popular crepes and galletes, chicken, waffles, ice cream, baked goods, dim sum, etc., is available to nibble as shoppers browse among the many stalls.  Live music is played in the background as the many offerings of farm fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers are presented. The offerings are not restricted to food, however, and hand crafted items of every description round out the shopping experience. 

Up the hill a bit in Montclair, is the Montclair Village Farmers Market.  This is held every Sunday, (so there is no conflict for area shoppers wanting to visit BOTH markets) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is held around the intersection of La Salle and Moraga Avenues. Just as with the Lakeshore market, fresh fruits and vegetables direct from the small local farmers are featured.  In addition to foods available in the stalls, Montclair Village is a wonderful source of excellent coffee shops and small cafes for the strolling shopper. 

So, take a moment, and discover what your neighbors have discovered--your local farmer's market. 

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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