Farmers Markets are such a fun way of spending the day outside with friends and family. There is so much to see even if you don’t plan on buying anything. Most people will visit a farmer’s market to buy fresh organic produce from local farm, local farm fresh eggs, and even fresh seafood and other meats. Beyond farm fresh foods there are also many booths that will serve up made-to-order foods such as BBQ, crepes, and sandwiches. Because farmers markets are such a great way to support local farms and business I encourage everyone to visit one. Because of this I would like to share my top three picks for San Diego farmers markets.
Little Italy Farmers Market: I think the Little Italy Farmers Market is definitely one of San Diego’s best liked farmers markets. Every Saturday from 8am to 2pm, the Little Italy “Mercato”, as they call it, spans over five city block on Date St. from Kettner to Front. There are over 150 different booths to visit with some beautiful bay views. The great thing about the Little Italy Farmer’s Market is that when you are done there is so much within walking distance to see and do so you can make a full day of your visit!
Poway Farmers Market: Technically Poway is not San Diego, but I am partial to it as a Poway resident so am going to include it! Every Saturday from 8am to 1pm the Poway Farmers Market takes places on Midland Rd. My favorite is the Creperia that makes made to order sweet (think Banana and Nutella!) or savory crepes. They have over 65 vendors and growing. Another great thing to do is to visit the Old Poway Park and Train Museum with is right next to the Poway Farmer’s Market, definitely a free fun day for the family!
Hillcrest Farmers Market: As if there isn’t enough to do in Hillcrest they also have a great farmers market every Sunday from 9am to 2pm. It is located at Lincoln Street and Normal Avenue right at the Hillcrest DMV. The Hillcrest Farmer’s Market has about 140 different vendors and has been running since April 1997 and has been growing ever since. On select days the Hillcrest Farmers Market hosts a Chef Series that features chefs from local restaurants to do live cooking demonstrations.
Farmers markets have some much to offer beyond fresh organice produce and local farm fresh foods, they also offer up a great sense of community. Make sure to take the time to at lease check out a farmers market local to you!