Visiting the Market
CUESA welcomes schools and youth groups to visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The market is open Tuesday from 10 am to 2 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, year round. To prepare for your field trip, please review our guidelines for group visits »
CUESA has developed activity sheets to facilitate exploration of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Foodwise Kids is a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for teaching students to love vegetables and fruits through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson. The program takes place during the school year and serves primarily low-income students. Learn more and request to bring your class »
Additional Education Resources
Kids Cook Farm Fresh Food, developed in 2002 by CUESA’s founder, Sibella Kraus, highlights California crops, offers simple recipes, and includes profiles of some farms that sell at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Download it for free (PDF).
San Francisco Unified School District’s Nutrition Education Project is a resource for teachers on nutrition education and physical activity promotion. It contains facts, links, curriculum, and other resources, including farmers market lesson plans.
The California School Garden Network has a page of links to free curricula and activities about gardening, eating, and nutrition.
Farm-related lesson plans are available from Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Some of the activities come from a conventional (not sustainable) agriculture perspective, but the site has many worthwhile lesson plans.
Free lesson plans are available for download from the National Farmers Union for a variety of age ranges.
The Center for Environmental Education Online has links to free environmental education curricula.
Discovering the Food System is a comprehensive learning program for middle school and high school students.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »