Farmers’ Markets

A couple buying strawberries at a Farmer's Market as a vendor packs the strawberries purchased. Photo courtesy Robert Couse-Baker. Source:
Photo courtesy Robert Couse-Baker. Source:

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Introduction & Disclaimer

The purpose of this transit guide is to show you public transit service to and from various farmers’ markets throughout Santa Clara County. The guide shows you various Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus and light rail service, in addition to other regional carriers, as an alternate to solo driving. These farmers’ markets sell fresh fruit, vegetables, and sometimes dairy products directly from the farm(s), to you, the consumer.

Be advised: some farmers at these markets only take cash for payment. They may not take credit cards or debit cards. Each farmers’ market mentioned here has a site where you can get more information; please visit that site first for more information before you go. Be prepared to take cash with you when you go to any of these farmers’ markets.

Is this your very first time riding VTA buses or light rail? Our first-time transit rider’s guide shows you how to ride and pay fare.

Please note that farmers’ markets mentioned in this guide are not necessarily endorsements. Mentions are made simply to illustrate what farmers’ markets exist in Santa Clara County. As with all of our other guides, this guide is created as a public service.  Thus, it is NOT endorsed by any business, association, or any government agency whatsoever.

For more public transit service and fare information, please contact VTA at (408)321-2300, visit their web site, or email their Customer Service department.\

Farmers’ markets are mentioned by city and then by market name, in alphabetical order.

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West Coast Farmers’ Market

The Cupertino Certified Farmers Market takes place at the Cupertino Oaks Shopping Center at 21275 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino. The Farmer’s Market, across from De Anza College, happens every Sunday from 9 am-1 pm.

As this Farmers’ Market is across the street from De Anza College, it’s a short walk to and from VTA’s 23 bus line terminus across Stevens Creek Blvd., at Campus Drive, in front of the college campus. It’s also a 5-10 minute walk west of Stevens Creek/Snelling where VTA’s 25, 55, and 523 Rapid bus lines stop.

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Certified Farmers’ Market

Located near City Hall at 7351 Rosanna Street, the Gilroy Certified Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 9am-1pm from May until November.

The Farmers’ Market is near the bus stop for VTA’s 85 bus line on W. 6th and Rosanna Streets.

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Downtown Farmers’ Market

Located in downtown Gilroy lies the Downtown Farmers’ Market, at 7341 Monterey Road in Gilroy. It’s open Sunday from 10am-2pm from June until November.

This Farmers’ Market is a short walk to and from the Gilroy Transit Center where VTA’s 68 bus line from San Martin, Morgan Hill, and San Jose stops. The Transit Center is also served by the 84 and 85 bus lines, as well as Greyhound, Amtrak, and San Benito County Express bus service.

We have a video showing you how the Gilroy Transit Center works to connect you to buses within and outside Gilroy. View that video on our YouTube channel.

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Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill Farmers’ Market

The Morgan Hill Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 9am-1pm. The Farmers’ Market is located at 3rd and Depot Streets in Morgan Hill, near the Caltrain station.

VTA’s 68 bus line stops on Monterey and 3rd in Morgan Hill – a 5-10 minute walk to the Caltrain station and Farmers’ Market.

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Mountain View

Mountain View Farmers’ Market

Held every Sunday from 9am-1pm, the Mountain View Farmers’ Market is located in the parking lot of the Mountain View Caltrain Station.

Besides Caltrain, VTA light rail from San Jose and Campbell serves the Farmers’ Market at the VTA light rail station, in back of the northbound Caltrain platform. Also the VTA’s 35 bus line serves this Farmers’ Market at the bus plaza on the southbound side of the Caltrain tracks.

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Palo Alto

Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market

Since 1980, the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market has connected Palo Altans with farmers and their fresh fruits and vegetables.

This Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday morning from 8am-noon, is located on Gilman St. between Hamilton Street and Forest Street. It’s just behind the Palo Alto Post Office, and a short walk from VTA’s 21 bus stop on Hamilton and Waverly in downtown Palo Alto.

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San Jose

Downtown (San Pedro Square)

Downtown San Jose has the new San Pedro Square Market at San Pedro Square. Our Downtown San Jose Transit Guide has specific details on VTA buses and light rail stopping within a short walk of San Pedro Square.

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Rose Garden Farmers’ Market

The Rose Garden Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 9am-1pm at 577 Dana Avenue in San Jose. The Farmers’ Market is held in the parking lot across the street from Abraham Lincoln High School.

VTA’s 61 bus line is a 5-10 minute walk north of the Farmers’ Market, at the Naglee and Dana Avenue bus stop.

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Willow Glen Farmers’ Market

The Willow Glen Farmers’ Market is located within the Willow Glen Community & Senior Center, at 2175 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose.  This Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Urban Village Farmers Market Association.

VTA’s 26 and 64 bus lines stop within a 5-10 minute walk of the Senior Center, at the corners Curtner and Lincoln Ave. respectively.

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West Valley CC Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, the West Valley Community College Farmers’ Market takes place. The Market itself is located in Lot 3 at 14000 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga. Lot 3 is a 5-minute walk from the College Transit Center at the southeast corner of Fruitvale Ave. and Allendale Rd. VTA’s 57 bus line serves the Transit Center on Saturdays.

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  2 comments for “Farmers’ Markets

    • Mary Ann:
      Yes. There is a Farmers’ Market in downtown Palo Alto every Saturday morning from 8am-noon on Gilman St., behind the Post Office.
      This Farmers’ Market is 3 blocks northeast of the Palo Alto Caltrain Station. In addition to Caltrain, station is served by VTA’s 21, 22, and 522 Rapid bus lines, and SamTrans’ ECR bus line.

      Note that this Farmers’ Market guide will be revised shortly, to reflect this and other “night market” happenings throughout the South Bay. Stay tuned.

      Eugene Bradley
      Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users.

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