The Best in the East Bay: The Grand Lake Farmers Market is a Saturday morning institution.
The Grand Lake Farmers Market had limited potential when it opened in the parking lot under Highway 580 circa 1998. The dedication of the new Splash Pad Park in 2003, however, provided the ideal setting for an event that quickly evolved into a Saturday morning institution that’s helped make the adjacent Grand Lake commercial district an even more vibrant shopping and dining destination. Visitors will typically find live entertainment, a kid’s bounce house and approximately 100 vendors offering produce, prepared foods and arts and crafts. Year-round hours are 9 AM to 2 PM. We recommend AC Transit, walking or biking but a limited amount of metered parking is generally available in the parking lot under the freeway for $2 per hour and there’s also free parking in the school playground across the street on Grand Avenue.
This is one of eight markets managed by the Agricultural Institute of Marin–a non-profit agency enabling growers to sell certified, farm-fresh produce directly to consumers. The Grand Lake Farmers Market Manager, Dan Foster, can usually be found in the Information Booth at the Saturday market. For more information and a list/map of all participating vendors (which is updated weekly) visit AIM’s Grand Lake Market web page.