Situated in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara, the second largest weekly certified farmers’ market hosts 50-60 certified agricultural producers on a weekly basis, depending on the season. Each Saturday thousands of locals and visitors gather on the open streets of the 600 & 700 blocks of State St. for our most festive weekly farmers’ market. Surrounding restaurants and bars are lively, and buskers line the sidewalks, all while our farmers offer their fresh harvests direct to the public. Opened in 1992, this is a very popular stop for some of Santa Barbara’s finest local chefs and caterers, who can be spotted pulling their wagons up and down the street.
Each week farmers harvest a diverse and nourishing bounty from as far away as the California’s Central Valley and as near as the foothills. Seasonal diversity is available year round rain or shine.
The Santa Barbara Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market Association of 120 grower members, owned and operated by the members and it’s board of directors, is committed to helping promote local farmers, and protecting the environment by sustaining and restoring surrounding agricultural areas. The SBCFMA works diligently to bring the freshest and most nutritious produce our rich, local agricultural land has to offer direct to the public. The markets serve to strengthen local community ties and magnify our great outdoors with weekly events while enhancing our local activities
There is ample parking accessible along Anacapa St., Haley St. and Ortega St., all within one block off State Street from where the market is located. You can simply follow the detour signs around the farmers’ market to find the entrances to parking lots 10 & 11. The first 75 minutes of parking is always FREE, and only $1.50 per additional hour in the city parking lots. There is also limited street parking in the area. Bicycle parking is available on State Street in the market vicinity.
ALL Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Markets remain OPEN as regularly scheduled. Protecting public health is paramount and we all need to take numerous additional precautions during this time to prevent the spread of infection. Some of this protocol includes; staying home if you’re sick or in a high risk demographic, washing hands regularly, only touching what you intend to buy, maintaining 6-feet of social distancing (please be patient and considerate of those around you), and covering your mouth and nose with with a mask. Masks are a requirement for both customers and sellers and must be worn at all times when visiting any of our weekly farmers’ market. Masks are available for sale at our market information booth upon arrival if needed. At this time, our farmers’ markets should be treated solely as a grocery outlet, and not a social gathering space, to ensure an efficient flow in and out of the marketplace. Food sampling is also prohibited at this time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in continuing to keep our farm-direct grocery outlet a safe and healthy environment.