In an area where we have one of the world’s renowned farmers’ markets, it is easy to overlook neighborhood markets. But the truth is that often we don’t have the time or the will to elbow through the crowds at the Ferry Building. On the weeks when you’d like to avoid the weekend farmers’ market crush, or you’d simply like some drama-free shopping at markets that will provide you with many of your necessities, consider one of the Bay Area’s neighborhood markets.

The Temescal Farmers Market in Oakland is one of the Bay Area’s newest farmers’ markets. It opened this summer, and is already a bustling and busy market. It is set up in the DMV parking lot, and is very close to the shopping area of the Temescal district. The market is largely organic, and is well represented by vendors who have a solid reputation for providing quality products.

I could easily do all my shopping for the week at this market, as most major food products are covered: fruits and vegetables, soy products, fish, eggs, and baked goods. I didn’t see cheese or meat/poultry vendors. The only negative of this market is that there is not a bathroom facility, and to use a restroom one must walk several blocks to the Walgreen’s.

I was really pleased to be able to try Bakesale Betty’s products, as I had been reading about them for a while. They were handing out an entire vanilla shortcake as a sample, which was delicious and thoroughly enjoyable. Ella Bella Farm was another happy surprise. Ella Bella attends the Saturday Ferry Plaza market, but it was nice to see them at a smaller market as well.

When I attended the market on August 20, the following vendors were in attendance:

Bakesale Betty (Oakland). Baked items.
Bay Bread (San Francisco).
Big Paw Grub. Oils, Vinegars.
Blossom Bluff Orchard (Parlier). Stone fruit.
Blue Bottle Coffee Company.
Borba Farm (Aromas). Vegetables, berries, peppers.
Brentwood Corn (Brentwood).
Donna’s Tamales.
East/West Afghan (Martinez). Prepared Afghan Food.
EGB Farms (Ripon). Stone fruit.
Ella Bella Farm (Santa Cruz). Berries, dry-farmed tomatoes, vegetables.
Feel Good Bakery (Alameda).
Glaum Egg Ranch (Aptos). Eggs.
Hamada Farm (Kingsburg). Stone fruit.
Happy Boy Farms (Freedom). Vegetables, melons, tomatoes.
Happy Girl Foods (Freedom). Pickled, canned items.
Hodo Soy (San Jose). Tofu products.
Kashiwase (Winton). Stone fruit.
Kettle Corn.
Laloo’s Ice Cream (Sonoma County). Goat milk ice cream.
Little Bug Organic. Baby Food.
Lucero Organic (Lodi). Tomatoes, strawberries, squashes.
MacDonald’s Organic Farm (Sebastopol). Apples.
Mt. Moriah Farms. Stone fruit, grapes.
Olio Olinda (Happy Valley). Olive oil.
Pinnacle Organic Produce (San Juan Bautista). Vegetables, tomatoes, corn.
Pot Pie Paradise. Pot pies to take home.
Sterntaler Bakery (San Carlos). German baked goods.
The Pasta Shop (Oakland). Fresh pasta.
VB Organic (Watsonville). Berries, snow peas.
Wild King Salmon.
Various prepared food vendors: crepes, Thai food, Filipino Food.

You can visit the Temescal Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. It is located at the Oakland DMV, 5300 Claremont Ave (near Telegraph). You can park in the neighborhoods near the market or in the DMV parking lot. This is a year round, rain or shine market.

Temescal Farmers’ Market, Oakland 22 August,2006Jennifer Maiser

  • cookiecrumb

    This is such a great series — may we hope? — you’re doing on local markets.

  • BA Blogger

    The Temescal neighborhood is becoming more vibrant by the minute. Thanks for the news about the farmer’s market. All we need now is a good bookstore in the neighborhood; we’ve got just about everything else already (good restaurants, cafes, tattoo shop, bakery, video store…and now, farmer’s market). In fact, I just posted about Temescal on my site today!

  • Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

    Jen, I really do love these posts of yours. The images are artistic and delectable and the information is fantastic.

  • mipmup

    i can’t wait to check out this market, thanks for the tip. here’s a link to happy girl kitchen company (which, pickled vegetable-lover that i am, will be, most assuredly, one of my first stops).


Jennifer Maiser

“My passion for food began young.”

I am the editor of the influential website which encourages readers to support local farmers and producers.

I began my personal website, Life Begins at 30, in 2003.

I have been published in Edible San Francisco and Fine Cooking, write regularly for Bay Area Bites, Serious Eats, and have been quoted in many nationwide publications. Photography is a passion, and I have had photos printed in National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

I contributed to a Williams-Sonoma cookbook: Cooking from the Farmers’ Market, which was released in February 2010.

I live in San Francisco, California and can often be found at local farmers markets seeking out the best of what’s in season and chatting with farmers.

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