Visit the Market
The famous Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market happens every Thursday from 6 PM to 9 PM. The Market takes place on five blocks of Higuera Street between Osos Street and Nipomo Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo.
See this week’s vendors!
If rain is forecasted, the Market Manager will make a decision to cancel or continue as scheduled by 1 PM the day of, if not sooner. Weather updates will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram. The Market does not operate if a major holiday lands on a Thursday.
It is a State of California Health Code Violation to bring animals to farmers' markets. Animals are not allowed at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market per California Health & Safety Code 114259.5
*Service animals trained to aid with a disability are allowed. Emotional support and therapy animals are not ADA Service Animals.
Getting to the Market
Bike SLO County offers Bike Valet at the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market. The secure bike parking service, designed to encourage everyone to ride bicycles to community events, is located at the NEW Bike Plaza at the corner of Monterey Street and Morro Street. With over 37,000 bikes parked, Bike SLO County is the expert at protecting your ride.
How to Bike Valet
There are three parking structures Downtown, located at 842 Palm Street, 919 Palm Street, and 871 Marsh Street. The first hour of parking is free in all structures. Limited street parking Downtown is available.
View the full Downtown Parking Guide.
The City of SLO provides public transit throughout the Downtown area. Cal Poly students and downtown employees ride free!
Programs at the Market
Redeem your CalFresh benefits by visiting the Farmers Market info booth. Let the market staff know how many benefits you want to redeem, swipe your EBT card, and receive market coins to use at individual farmers' market stands. CalFresh coins can be used to purchase any food product except hot foods or food made for immediate consumption.
Eligible EBT foods:
*Not all listed are available at our market
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meat, poultry, and fish
- Dairy products
- Bread and cereals
- Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
- Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat
Market Match will be available in Spring 2022.
GleanSLO is a program with The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Since 2012, volunteer "gleaners" have been stopping by the farmer booths during the market to collect fresh produce donations that are then distributed throughout the county to those in need.
To date, GleanSLO has collected an estimated 220,000 pounds of fresh produce at the Thursday market alone.
EBT is the system used in California for the delivery, redemption, and reconciliation of public assistance benefits, such as CalFresh or SNAP benefits, California Food Assistance Program benefits, and cash aid benefits.
CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net. CalFresh is federally mandated and in California, is state-supervised and county-operated.
CalFresh benefits can help buy nutritious foods for a better diet. CalFresh benefits stretch food budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods. The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at the Downtown SLO Thursday Farmers' Market with eligible EBT cards.
Find out if you are eligible for EBT benefits HERE