San Diego Farmer’s Market Guide
Sunshine, surf and sand aren’t the only things San Diego is known for. A surge in quality, locally-grown produce has emerged as the top trend in San Diego restaurants and local famer’s markets are where they’re getting them from. From artisan bread, to seasonal produce and even freshly-cut flowers, there’s an abundance of products that can be found at these special markets. Located up and down the coast on nearly every day of the week, a San Diego farmer’s market is always in easy reach. To narrow down your search, SanDiego.com has compiled a few of San Diego’s top farmer’s markets.
Located in the supremely quaint neighborhood of Little Italy, the Mercato takes over Date Street with over 100 different lively vendors. From hummus sellers like Baba Foods, to a specialty coffee truck like Jose on the Nose, the options for food, drink, flowers, accessories and gifts are plentiful. Light, live music can be found on street corners as well as a kid-friendly Amici Park.
One of the few places you can find Cravory cookies (AKA super decadent and unique cookies with flavors like cake batter and cookies n’ cream) and one of the largest farmer’s markets in San Diego. Enjoy samples of fruit from the produce vendor’s tables or have a fulfilling lunch at one of the full-meal serving vendors. Choose from Thai food, Indian food, freshly-made crepes, or even gourmet tamales.
One of the more intimate markets in the city, it’s convenient if you live in the area and are looking for some quick freshness before the weekend. Located on Herman Street between University Avenue and North Park Way, over 40 vendors ranging from Morocco Golden Dates to Pacific Beach Peanut Butter and even Bitchin’ Sauce can be found here.
Another itty-bitty market, but with growing power, is the Mission Hills Farmer’s Market on Falcon Street between Fort Stockton and Washington Street. 20 different purveyors sell items like fresh seafood, produce and flowers and are all San Diego Department of Agriculture certified. Another perk is Community Supported Agriculture box program, which is a pick-up service that offers a box full of fresh produce weekly.
If you’re looking for a mid-week market, then the OB farmer’s market is just for you! Take a stroll down Newport Avenue between Cable and Bacon Streets on Wednesday evenings and listen to live music while shopping for unique art pieces, freshly made juices and of course, an abundance of locally-grown produce. Conveniently located just steps from the beach, after your shopping trip, take a stroll on the sand or enjoy one of the many delightful restaurants, bars or cafés.
The beach plus a good farmer’s market is a winning combination. Open rain or shine, the PB Farmer’s Market carries a bevy of goodies like fresh pastries and bread, olives, fish, meats, cheeses, flowers and more! Delightful tunes can be heard in the air while you stroll down Baynard Street at Garnet Avenue and popular farmers like Paradise Valley Ranch and Rancho Mexico Lindo can be found here.
This bountiful Open Aire Market features a variety of food vendors, farmers and artisans selling products ranging from baby clothes, to jewelry, to candles and much, much more. Located on the upper playground of La Jolla Elementary, customers can enjoy food vendors like Cups or PrepKitchen in the food court area or take away produce from farmers like Suzie’s Farms or Sun Coast Farms. The playgrounds, grassy field and live music also make this market very kid-friendly.
Otay Ranch – Tuesdays 4pm-8pm
If you live in the South Bay and are dying for some quality produce, there’s an option for you too! Easy to access with plenty of parking, this market is located on Main Street in the Otay Ranch Center in Chula Vista and features a wide variety of hot food, fresh, local, organic produce and quality, fresh baked breads. Family friendly, the whole community is welcome to attend this weekly event.
Oceanside – Thursdays 5pm-9pm
The Sunset Market located at the corner of Pier View Way and South Tremont Streets in Downtown Oceanside is a large, unique market that includes an area called the Fresh and Ready Row. This row offers a variety of gourmet, packaged foods like fresh baked cookies, marmalades, candies and more. Bring the kids to the Kid Zone where face-painting, balloon animals, pony rides and more can be found.