Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets

The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT. Follow us on Twitter.

HOURS & LOCATIONS

Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm
year-round
Thursdays 3 pm – 7 pm
year-round
Tuesdays 2 pm – 6:30 pm
year-round


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CONTACT US

Phone: 510-548-3333
Email: farmersmarkets@ecologycenter.org
Mailing Address: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

VENDOR DIRECTORY

Visit the Ecology Center’s Farmers’ Market Vendor Directory to learn who sells what and when at each of our markets.

APPLY TO SELL

Interested in selling at any of the Ecology Center’s four weekly farmers’ markets? Visit our application page to read about our policies and to apply.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Ecology Center Farmers’ Market gift certificates are the perfect present for your friends and loved ones. They never expire and are accepted by all our farmers’ market vendors. Stop by our booth and buy some today!

FREQUENT SHOPPER PROGRAM

Are you a frequent shopper at the Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets? You could win an organic cotton tote bag full of produce, Ecology Center Farmers’ Market t-shirts, pint glasses, and more. Ask our staff at the farmers’ market booth about the Frequent Shopper Program.

ABOUT US

In May of 1987, the Ecology Center opened the first Ecology Center Farmers’ Market, beginning a journey to create a viable alternative to the industrial food model. Today, our farmers’ markets constitute the heart of the community’s alternative food system. Learn more about what makes our market unique.

ZERO WASTE

Our Farmers’ Markets are Zero Waste Zones, areas in which all waste is composted or recycled, and customers and vendors make every effort to eliminate waste to landfills. We encourage shoppers to bring their own cloth bags or previously used paper and plastic bags. All vendors use compostable packaging and utensils. Farmers have compostable bags available for 25 cents per bag.
The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets were the first in the US to eliminate all plastic bags and packaging from our weekly markets. Learn more about our campaign here.

OUR MARKET MATCH PROGRAM

Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which matches customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like CalFresh (the program formerly known as Food Stamps), at farmers’ markets. When people use their benefits at farmers’ markets, Market Match provides matching funds so that they can buy even more fruits and vegetables. For example, a shopper who wishes to spend $10 of CalFresh benefits at the farmers’ markets gets an extra $10 to spend on fresh produce.

In 2013, Market Match was offered at 140 farmers’ markets across the state by over a dozen community based organizations and farmers’ market operators, including the Ecology Center farmers’ markets. Click here to read more about the statewide Market Match Program.

Beginning in the Fall of 2013, a Market Match pilot program was launched at all Ecology Center farmers’ market locations. Customers who are currently enrolled in CalFresh can receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 at any of the Ecology Center farmers’ markets (while supplies last.) For more information visit the farmers’ market information booth and ask about Market Match.


FARMERS' MARKET EBT PROGRAM

We always accept EBT at our farmers’ markets, and we’re working hard to make sure EBT recipients can purchase fresh produce at all farmers’ markets in California. Click here to read more about our statewide Farmers’ Market EBT Program.