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Downtown Farmers’ Market, presented by Kaiser Permanente, reopens May 2 and will be open every Friday after that (except July 4) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The cozy outdoor market takes place each Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. along a charming block of San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets.
Opening Day Highlights:
- Try out the Kaiser Permanente Blender Bike – make a smoothie while burning calories- then sample the rewards (samples of smoothies to the first 150 starting at 11:30 am)
- Look for Mr. Carrot who will be handing out carrot cash around town all morning!
- Live music – Pop/rock and blues hits.
The market, featuring the fresh produce of more than 30 California-based growers, is produced in conjunction with Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, celebrated its 25th year in 2013. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
This is a Zero Waste Event
With the help of a Green Grant from the sustainable event planning, our vendors use bio-degradable bags and compostable serving ware. All waste is sorted with a majority diverted to compost or recyclable bins. Do your part – shop with re- usable bags.
San Jose Downtown Association has partnered with Nothing Wasted Consulting and City of San Jose Environmental Services Department to add sustainable waste management best practices to the Farmers’ Market. With the assistance of the city’s Green Event Grant, our goal is to divert 90 percent of event waste from landfill. Thanks to Republic Services for assisting us in our Zero Waste efforts.
PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO MAKE THE FARMERS’ MARKET CLEAN AND GREEN
Locate the containers and place:
- GREEN “COMPOSTABLE” CONTAINERS: food scraps, paper food ware (such as plates, bowls, cups, napkins), and utensils;
- BLUE “RECYCLABLES” CONTAINERS: plastic bottles, plastic containers, aluminum cans, and aluminum foil;
Contact Nothing Wasted Consulting for more info.
A special message from Kaiser Permanente:
Kaiser Permanente is committed to the health of their members as well as the communites in which they live. Healthy eating and active living is at the core of their efforts around prevention and wellness. Kaiser Permanente has had a long-standing partnership with the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, hosting two markets on the KP-San Jose campus this year. Kaiser Permanente is excited to be presenting sponsor of the Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market.
Calling all Merchants! SJDA would like to offer non-profit organizations and downtown businesses an opportunity to promote your business, association or organization through the Merchant at the Market program.
Calling all Artists! We are recruiting artisans and craft vendors for the market.
Non-Ag Food Vendor Application
If you would like to sell food or samples at the San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market in San Pedro Square, please download the Non-Ag Vendor Application on the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association website. Be sure that they know you’re interested in the San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market by adding your check next to us.
May 9 – Mother’s Day promotion– Flowers for Mom with purchase of $10 or more in produce
May 16 – Green Day at the Market:
- Eco-Vendors featured
- Up-cycled crafts with San Jose Public Libraries
- Re-useable produce bag giveaway (first 25 starting at Noon)
May 23 – Market basket giveaway of fresh, seasonal produce – register to win at the info table
June 6 – 5th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Contest – 4 categories with 1 winner each: kids 12 and under category; teen category; and adult female and adult male categories… winners receive a bag of cherries, $10 in carrot cash and bragging rights!
VTA rider promotion – receive $1 in carrot cash when you show your VTA pass all season long at SJDA info table*
FMKT Frequent Shopper Cards –Prizes will be awarded as you reach 7, 14, and 21 visits. After 21 visits, your card will get entered into the year-end drawing for a grand prize (theatre and dining package in downtown).
All 3rd Fridays are “Green Days” at the market – learn eco tips from green-friendly vendors and also pick up a re-useable produce bag (1st 25 people who come to the info table starting at Noon -‘til supplies are gone).
*Certain Restrictions Apply - offer may not be combined, only one carrot cash per visit.
Be sure to check back for more updates
Check in at the SJDA information table for promotion details, parking validations and Carrot Cash. Some promotions may be limited. Parking programs and fees are subject to change.
Melon Eating Contest Winners
Who can eat the most melon in a minute? A must-see for the messy.
Before you come downtown, visit sjdowntownparking.com to keep your drive stress-free.
Free two-hour parking validations available at the market info table good at lots and garages marked Pv
Here’s how North San Jose employees can enjoy the Farmers’ Market on just a 90 minute lunch break by taking the light rail:
VTA’s Alum Rock-Santa Teresa Line
$2 single ride covers any direction for two hours.
Show your VTA pass at the info table for $1 Carrot Cash coupons (spend it like cash at produce vendors)
Tasman 11:57 and 12:12
Metro/Airport 12:07 and 12:22
Santa Clara St. 12:20 and 12:35
Ride time to Market: 15-20 minutes
Less than a 5 minute walk from St. James or Santa Clara light rail stations to Farmers’ Market
Santa Clara St. 12:49 and 1:04
Metro/Airport 1:01 and 1:16
Tasman 1:11 and 1:26
Less than a 5 minute walk from Farmers’ Market to St. James or Santa Clara light rail stations.
Ride time back: 15-20 minutes
Time spent at the Farmers’ Market/lunch: 40-50 minutes
Thanks to our sponsors:
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