Farmer's Market

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Farmers’ Market Programs

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Activities at the Market

Our Sponsors - Including Kaiser Permanente

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Downtown Farmers’ Market, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is open every Friday 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.

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.

SORRY: No dogs or pets allowed.  State law for all farmers’ markets.

What’s Happening:

2nd Fridays: San Jose Public Libraries features “Crafter-noons” up-cycled arts projects at the market: Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 13

3rd Fridays: GREEN Fridays… Look for ECO tips from the Environmental Services booth and other Green-related vendors: Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20

August 21: Cookin’ the Market returns with a full cooking demonstration, showing you how to prepare fresh and simple recipes using fresh market produce.

October 30: Halloween costume contest and Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin

RIDE VTA LIGHT RAIL

Receive $1 in Carrot Cash when you show your valid Light Rail or Bus Pass at the Information table.

This is a Zero Waste Event

Zero Waste EventWith 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.

Interested in participating? Please download and complete an application

Merchant at the Market              New Artisan             Returning Artisan

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 (credit rubio : source).  Be sure that they know you’re interested in the San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market by adding your check next to us.

June 2014 – Cherry Pit Spitting Contest Winners

View pics from the 2012 event, covered by the Mercury News

Melon Eating Contest Winners

Who can eat the most melon in a couple of minutes? A must-see for the messy.

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Family shot includes women’s champ Leah R from San Jose and Jayden P in the white sun hat also from San Jose as kids winner. Leah was also overall winner finishing her 7 slices in 1min 30 sec – Jayden finished all 7 at the 2 minute mark.

 

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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

Valley Transportation Authority

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)

Southbound:
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

Northbound
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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 Presented by: Kaiser Permanente
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Mix 106.5 logo Valley Transportation Authority
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