Equal parts fresh-produce hub, outdoor food court, and neighborhood block party, the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market (Grand Ave. and Lake Park Ave.) really does have something for everyone: live music for the head-bobbing set, a bouncy house for the kids, and high-quality people-watching for the rest of us. Mostly, though, the market functions as one helluva one-stop shop, whether you’re putting together a romantic picnic or picking up groceries for the week. Depending on the season, highlights might include Flavor Queen pluots from Kashiwase Farms, colorful heirloom tomatoes from Wild Boar Farms, a small wheel of aged triple-cream cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, and whatever happens to be on special at the Prather Ranch butcher stand. While you’re at it, grab a falafel salad from the LIBA Falafel food truck and some pork knuckles from Roli Roti. Just like that, Saturday’s lunch is served.
Diversify your home-grown meals by swapping your own backyard produce for that of others. Food justice collective Phat Beets Produce hosts crop swaps the first Saturday of every month - including Saturday, April 2 - at their Farmers Market (970 Grace Ave., Oakland). Participants are urged to bring home-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, cuttings, or cultures to swap or barter. 10 a.m., free (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; outline what you'll bring). PhatBeetsProduce.org