Buzzing in West Berkeley

Organic produce? Check. Sustainable sunscreen? Cool. Hot food and cool desserts? Yummy. Live music? Yes. Free parking? Wow. Pet bunnies? Love it!

Can you ask for anything more in a family-friendly farmers’ market? We don’t think so. The Beehive Market launched this summer at the Berkeley Adult School on San Pablo Avenue and we dig how it’s coming together. Free parking and a thoughtful market set-up make it a dream for strollers. The live music and pet bunnies at RabbitEar’s stall is fun for the older kids. There is also great variety at this “green lifestyle market” which offers more than produce and prepared foods from local heavyweights like Frog Hollow Farms and Lagier Ranches. Think yoga supplies, recycled totes, and green interior design services. There is even free compost to take home for your own garden!

After a morning of shopping, head one block east to the Schoolhouse Creek Common Garden (at Virginia and Curtis Streets). Right behind the market at Berkeley Adult School is a lovely kid-friendly community garden that is a great place for a picnic lunch on the grassy lawn. Argentine empanadas from Primos Parrilla and scoops from Scream Sorbet would make a perfect pair! There is also tire swing and sandbox for the kids and California Natives and Mediterranean plants for you to enjoy. And as every parent hopes for, there is a clean public restroom here making this kid-friendly outing complete!  Every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 1701 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

—Sarah K. Choi