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Eat, Walk and Groove at the San Ramon Farmer’s Market

Want a place to browse for art and food, grab some produce for your next big cooking experience, and groove out at the same time? Check out the San Ramon Farmers Market.

The farmers market is held every Saturday in the parking lot of City Center Bishop Ranch. It takes over a substantial chunk of the parking lot. There are a variety of vendors, and it seems like the farmer’s market has expanded in recent years.

This is a California-certified farmer’s market, which means that all of the vendors need to be selling local produce. That way, you can be sure that you’re genuinely getting products that were grown locally in California, and in many cases, you can chat with the farmers who grew them.  He won’t be finding any bananas or kiwi fruit here!

What Is There at the San Ramon Farmer’s Market?

What you will find are a wide variety of tasty local fruits and veggies, as well as products like locally grown honey and artisan charcuterie. In addition to raw ingredients, you’ll find a variety of stands offering artisan local crafts and other products.

You’ll also find a wide variety of on-site food options, from a kettle corn vendor to a barbecue place, to a variety of food trucks. One of my favorites is the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck that sells tasty lobster rolls at the market on selected days.

Live music makes the experience. You can sit down at some table set up in the parking lot and listen to musicians perform while you eat, or groove out to the music as you walk around. You can also take your food over to the lawn at City Center Bishop Ranch and have a picnic.

It’s not quite as extensive as the farmer’s markets in nearby towns like Danville. But the San Ramon Farmers Market is a great place to stop, especially if you’re planning a trip to Bishop Ranch. 

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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