There aren’t any apple orchards or vegetable patches in downtown San Francisco, but farm fresh food has hydrated the city’s food desert for 30 years.  Today, Wednesday, September 14, the UN Plaza farmer’s celebrates 30 years of business and providing nutrition education to the folks of Market Street.

On Wednesdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., small-scale growers sell the season’s best harvest to an urban community. As an independent non-profit organization, the market is run entirely by farmers. Most of them have been around since the beginning in 1981. Today, the grassroots organization continues to provide good eats to the people of the surrounding low-income community.  About 75% of the food stamps used at farmer’s markets are used at the Heart of the City market.

All of the market’s vendors are certified farmers, selling a variety of fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats.  Some also sell potted plants and flowers, prepared hot food, nuts, honey and kettle corn.

Today, the market is in celebration-mode.  It’s honoring 30 years in the city with games, live music, an art and design contest, a scavenger hunt, and plenty of good ole’ history on the participating vendors.  Go buy some fresh food and learn something new, the market is located at 1182 Market Street.

Photo Credit: Rick Diego