The origins of the SFFM go back to the late 1800’s when flower growers brought their product to Lotta’s Fountain in downtown San Francisco to sell to local flower shops. The need for a centrally-located space o bring together the ethnically-diverse groups of flower growers led to the opening of a market at 5th and Howard Streets in 1924.


The SFFM has outgrown its space and needs major upgrades to make it a more efficient and environmentally sustainable facility. Kilroy Realty Corporation will build a new Flower Mart on the existing site with state-of-the-art amenities and features. SFFM will continue to manage the market, as it has for decades.


In September 1956, the grand opening of the current San Francisco Terminal marked the establishment of an industry. Today, there are over 60 vendors and purveyors of cut flowers, potted plants, and floral supplies. It has evolved from a “growers” market to being a marketplace for floral wholesalers.

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