Market Tours

Calling All Teachers & Groups of Curious Eaters

Touring an AIM farmers market is sure to be a fresh experience for your students. You’ll meet farmers and learn how they grow their crops, where they come from, what’s in season, and why they choose to farm. You’ll get to know local artisans, bakers, food purveyors and an AIM market manager. We believe that a day at the farmers market will get your students excited about making healthy food choices by building a sense of connection to the people who grow their food.

Diggin’ the Farmers Market!

AIM offers a variety of tours at the Thursday Marin Farmers Market. Choose to attend a market orientation, participate in a self-guided farmers market treasure hunt, or take a tour with an AIM market manager. Tours are available from 9am-noon.

We have two options for your field trip:

1. Guided tour

An AIM market manager will meet you and your group for a brief history of farmers markets and a look at what his/her job entails. Then you will be led on a tour through the farmers market to:

  • Meet a few farmers – learn what it is like to be a farmer, how they grow crops, where they come from, seasonality of crops, and what a typical day in their life on the farm is like.
  • Meet a food purveyor – learn from a baker what it is like to make their own bread and then sell it at the market
  • Meet an artisan – learn about their craft, how they make and market their art, and what it is like to be a vendor at a farmers market.

2. Self-guided Tour/Activity

An AIM market manager will meet you and your group for a brief history of farmers markets and a look at what his/her job entails. Then you will be given an activity sheet to use while you visit the market in your own groups. Each activity is specially designed for that market day and grade level. The activity will help your students learn about the seasonality of food, the diversity of fruits and vegetables that grow in California, and how and where food grows.


Tours for All Ages

Our market tours are by no means limited to school children. We have given tours to Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Bioneers Conference attendees, and more. Tours are also available at any of our other 7 markets – pending our market managers’ schedules. Please fill out a Tour Request form and contact Tyler Thayer to discuss how we can best accommodate your group.

Contact Tyler Thayer
(415) 472-6100 x114
tyler@agriculturalinstitute.org


Tour Request Form

Please fill out our Farmers Market Tour Request form to let us know the school name, teacher’s name, grade level, size of class, date and best time you would like come to our farmers market. Please make your request at least 4-6 weeks in advance. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Download Farmers Market Tour Request Form