Looking for something to do this weekend? Hop in your car — if local to Santa Clara County, California — and drive to one or all five of these amazing farmers’ markets. A farmers’ market is the direct selling of small-farm or artisan goods to the public weekly.
Not interested in farmed goods? No problem!
Farmers’ markets typically come equipped with live entertainment, family activities, unique cooking, and one-of-a-kind artisan goods. Worthy of a Sunday stroll with the family to and through – a farmers’ market rejuvenates the community spirit. You may find something unique – or even stir-up long-lost childhood memories.
Sure to please all crowds, please enjoy the following five Santa Clara County Farmers’ Markets.
#5 Los Gatos Farmers’ Market
Location: Los Gatos Town Plaza Park (Santa Cruz Ave & Main Street)
Date/Time: Annual, Sundays from 8am to 1pm
Rain or shine, over 50 vendors gather at the Los Gatos Farmer’s Market weekly to deliver the public their finest crafts. Produce is a staple for this farmers’ market. If you want to see something cool, seek out the Post Office and watch Craig sharpen blades the old fashioned way.
#4 Saratoga Farmers’ Market
Location: 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Date/Time: Annual, Saturdays from 9am to 1pm
The Saratoga Farmers’ Market offers connectivity and updates through their website, which is not a bad idea for those on the go. With over 50 vendors to choose from, this is another great market to visit. Do not miss their selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables. This is the only farmers’ market on this list available on Saturday.
#3 Palo Alto Farmers’ Market
Location: Gilman St. & Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Date/Time: May – December from 8am – 12pm
A little more exclusive, the 30 year old Palo Alto Farmers’ Market offers recipes, music, 50+ vendors, and donations to great causes. You will have to wait until May before having fun here. May 10th to be exact. According to consumer reviews, this is a great experience for families and foodies.
#1 Downtown Campbell Farmers’ Market
Location: Campbell Ave and Third St., Campbell, CA
Date/Time: Annual, Sunday from 8am to 1pm
Voted best South Bay Farmers’ Market by readers of the San Jose Mercury News and Wave Magazine, this town-long farmers’ market is fun. With casual shopping, crafts, produce, meats, restaurants, and other oddities, you can find it in Campbell. If you have kids, there is a park east of the farmers’ market. Let them unwind after or before you start shopping.
#2 Mountain View Farmers’ Market
Location: Caltrain Station, Mountain View, CA 94041
Date/Time: Annual, Sundays from 9am to 1pm
You want award-winning and consistency? How about 15+ years of it. Nationally recognized as #1 in the Bay Area, #2 in the state of California, and #5 in America. This market is so impressive – it’s certified.
Featuring over 70 growers and artisans – this is simply the premier farmers’ market to attend. Make time for it once a month to support a variety of small businesses. Every dollar spent on American-made products is a dollar stimulating the economy!
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