The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are 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, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT.
MARKET UPDATE: Berkeley Farmers’ Market Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As an essential service, the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets REMAIN OPEN, providing fresh, healthy food for the community. We are actively making operational changes to protect customers, farmers, and staff, and to mitigate the spread of disease.
The March 31st Order from the City of Berkeley, and the seven Bay Area counties, ordered residents to continue to shelter in place through May 3rd 2020, and required essential businesses to implement Social Distancing Protocols. As an essential business, the three weekly Farmers’ Market Protocols are posted on site at market, as well as one our website. These Protocols will be updated as information is shared by public health officials about best practices. See our Protocols by visiting this page.
Starting Saturday, 3/28/2020 we will begin queueing customers at the market entrance, if the number of customers already in the market exceeds our maximum crowd count. We will then let queued customers into the market every 15 minutes or when the crowd count has decreased. Thank you in advance for your patience and kindness to market staff.
We need your help to keep the markets safe and healthy for all community members, by following these guidelines:
- Come prepared and limit your visit time. We ask that you come ready, shopping list in hand, so you can get in and get out quickly. Please treat the market as an essential activity not as a social activity. And, send only one family member if you can.
- Honor social distancing of six feet while at the market. Give space to those around you, at least 6 feet, while shopping and waiting in line.
- Observe all posted signage and demarcated lines, which signal where customers should wait, six feet apart, to order and pay for their products.
- Always stay home if you are sick. Visit the Berkeley Mutual Aid website if you need help with shopping, or ask us which farmers provide CSAs, Community Supported Agriculture box.
- Wash hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Please consider washing your hands before entering the market. We will have hand sanitizer and public hand washing stations set up by the Ecology Center information booth.
- Those who are high-risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions) avoid coming to the market. Email us for the list of vendors providing pre-orders and CSA boxes. We are currently working on exploring new ways to serve high-risk community members and will share more soon.
- As always, wash your fruits and veggies when you return home.
- Always cough or sneeze, into your arm or a tissue, away from people and food.
To read more information, click here: Berkeley Farmers’Markets’ Response to COVID-19.
We hope at this time of uncertainty that the farmers’ market can remain a pillar for community health and greater transparency in the food system.
Sincerely, The Ecology Center’s Berkeley Farmers’ Markets
Hours and Locations:
Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way
Shattuck Avenue @ Vine Street
Adeline Street and 63rd Street
Check out Romaine calm and shop on: A Guide to Berkeley’s Farmers’ Markets from The Daily Californian for a rich description of each of our three Berkeley Farmers’ Markets.
Mailing Address: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
2020 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
2020 Holiday Schedule
We will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
Closed: Thursday, November 26th
Last market of the year: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Closed: Thursday, December 24th – Thursday, December 31st, 2020
First market of the new year: Saturday, January 2nd, 2021
SHOP WITH CALFRESH EBT AT THE FARMERS' MARKETS
We always accept CalFresh EBT at our farmers’ markets. Customers who are currently enrolled in CalFresh can also receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 at any of the Ecology Center farmers’ markets with Market Match. Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which matches customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like CalFresh (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. For more information, visit the farmers’ market information booth and ask about CalFresh and Market Match.
The Ecology Center also works to make sure EBT recipients can purchase fresh produce at all farmers’ markets in California, and works with partners statewide to offer Market Match. Click here to read more about our statewide Farmers’ Market EBT Program. Click here to read more about the statewide Market Match program.
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