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Guide to Orange County Farmer’s Market

Expert toddler shopper and taste tester at the Laguna Hills Farmer's Market

Expert toddler shopper and taste tester at the Laguna Hills Farmer’s Market

With Spring’s arrival last week, flowers are blooming, the hills of Orange County are green, and, best of all perhaps, Spring produce is abounding! Big beautiful berries, leafy green lettuces, juicy citrus, and crisp asparagus, just to name a few, will all be in their full, seasonal glory in the coming months, followed shortly by the bounty of summer boasting wonderful melons, sweet corn, candy-like stone fruit, and more.

Hands down the very best way to enjoy produce of any kind is by indulging in what is in season and local, not only because it is the most flavorful and tasty, but also because it is the most nutritious (read: it hasn’t been sitting on a truck or plane for two weeks loosing vital nutrients) and environmentally responsible (read: it didn’t take 2,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly it here). And there is simply no better way in which to acquire seasonal and local produce than a farmer’s market.

Fortunately here in Orange County we have a long list of farmer’s markets to choose from. They each offer their own personality and charm. Some include music and food trucks for a fair-like atmosphere in which visitors can both complete their weekly shopping and have a delectable meal under the warm sun or sparkly stars, depending on the time of day. Some boast fresh local and grass-fed meat and seafood and others fresh-baked preservative-free breads and homemade hummus. Still others incorporate craft fairs or are set up next to antique markets. Markets take place every day of the week at varying times of the day, with locations available as far North as La Palma and as far South as San Clemente, and everywhere in between. Some cities even present several different markets during the week; Irvine and Huntington Beach happen to be our current overachiever boasting three each per week!  New markets continue to be added to the list with one debuting in Santa Ana this week (details below).

So go alone and enjoy browsing the isles of beautiful produce and chatting with the people who grow the food you will eat, or pack up the kids and give them their own reusable shopping bag if you really want to go authentic. Kids will be fascinated to see this different way to shop and happily entertained by the plethora of samples available at nearly every vendor (trust me, it’s like Costco on steroids). It’s a family favorite outing around here.

No matter where your family is located or what you are looking for in a farmer’s market, you are sure to find something to fit your taste on our list below. Let us know with a comment about your favorite market or vendor, or if you find a new market not on our list. Enjoy!

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Anaheim
Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market & Craft Fair
Center St. Promenade & Lemon Street
Thursdays
12 PM – 7 PM
12 PM – 4 PM (Winter Hours)
Local California certified Farmers, International Foods, craft fair and Homegrown Music series.

Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market
Lakeview & Riverdale
Fridays
10 AM – 2 PM

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Brea
Brea Blvd and Birch St

Tuesdays

4 PM – 8 PM
www.breadowntown.com

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Buena Park
Corner of La Palma and Stanton Sears Parking Lot
Saturdays
9 AM – 2 PM

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Corona Del Mar
Margarite & Pacific Coast Hwy
Saturdays
9 AM – 1 PM

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Costa Mesa
Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Thursdays
9 AM – 1 PM (rain or shine)

SoCo Farmers’ Market
SoCo Collection
3315 Hyland Ave
Saturdays
9 AM – 2 PM

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Dana Point
Pacific Coast Hwy & Golden Lantern S
Saturdays
9 AM – 1 PM

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Foothill Ranch
Foothill Ranch Certified Farmers’ Market
26612 Towne centre Drive, Parking lot of Food festival
Thursdays
3PM – 7PM
Manager: Florence Mudge
[email protected]
949-887-8623

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Fullerton
801 W. Valencia Dr
Wednesdays
8 AM – 1:30 PM

Wilshire & Pomona
Thursdays
4 PM -8:30 PM / April-Oct
This market also has kids’ activities, live entertainment, an outdoor beer garden, and arts and crafts.

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Huntington Beach
Surf City Nights Weekly Street Fair and Certified Farmers Market
Tuesdays
5PM – 9PM
This boasts to be Orange County’s largest weekly street fair and certified farmers’ market. Every Tuesday from 5 pm to 9 pm, 90 vendors presents unique handcrafted wares: furniture, jewelry, art, clothing, live music, street performers, community groups and kids’ activities.

Pier Plaza
Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway
(next to the pier)
Fridays
1 PM – 5 PM (rain or shine)
Huntington Beach Certified Farmers’ Market will not be open on October 18 due to volleyball tournament

Huntington Harbor at Peter’s Landing
Pacific Coast Highway/Anderson
Sundays
9AM – 2PM
Manager:  Lee [email protected] (cell)

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Garden Grove
Local Harvest Garden Grove Farmer’s Market
Main & Garden Grove Boulevard
Sundays
9AM – 2PM
Manager: Lee Ostendorf
[email protected]
562-498-6048

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Irvine
Irvine Center on the corner of Bridge and Campus
(across from UCI)
Saturdays
8 AM – Noon (rain or shine)

The Great Park in Irvine
Marine Way off Sand Canyon
Sundays
10 AM – 2 PM (rain or shine)
Manager: Mary Senske
[email protected]
949-724-7403
The Certified Farmers market takes place every Sunday of the month. On the first Sunday of the month there is also an antique market at the Great Park.

Kaiser Permanente Irvine
6670 Alton Pkwy & Sand Canyon Ave.
Wednesdays
9AM – 1PM
Manager: Joe Honescko
[email protected]
714-329-6755

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Laguna Beach
Lumberyard Parking Lot – next to the City Hall
Saturdays
8AM – Noon (rain or shine)

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Laguna Hills
Laguna Hills Mall Parking Lot
5 Freeway and El Toro Road
Fridays
9 AM – 1 PM (rain or shine)

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Laguna Niguel
Plaza De La Paz Shopping Center
on the Corner of La Paz and Pacific Park
Sundays
8 AM – Noon (rain or shine)

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La Palma
Kaiser Permanente La Palma
5 Centerpointe Drive
Located in the parking area on the south side of the building
Fridays (1st & 3rd Friday, every month)
10AM – 2PM
Manager: Joe Honescko
[email protected]
714-329-6755

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Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo Civic Center
200 Civic Center
Saturdays
9AM – 1PM (Rain or Shine)

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Newport Beach
Lido Marina Village
Sundays
9AM – 2PM (Rain or Shine)

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Orange
Orange Farmers & Artisans Market
304 N. Cypress Street
on the corner of Cypress & Palm in Old Towne Orange
Saturdays
9AM – 1PM (rain or shine)

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Tuesdays
9AM – 1PM
You will not be charged admission to go to the market.
(This market was previously held at Irvine Ranch Historic Park.)
Manager:  Michi Ward
[email protected]
714-573-0374

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San Clemente
200 block Avenida Del Mar Dr.
Sundays
9 AM – 1 PM (rain or shine)

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San Juan Capistrano
El Camino Real & Yorba Street
Wednesdays
Nov-Mar: 3PM – 6PM
April- Oct: 3PM – 7PM
More than 20 vegetable, fruit and flower vendors will be selling farm-fresh goods. The Market also includes fresh breads, olives, eggs and acoustic music, all right in the heart of San Juan Capistrano historic downtown!

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Santa Ana (New Market Opening March 2014!)
Downtown Santa Ana Certified Farmers Market
Spurgeon Promenade / Between 3rd and 4th Street on Spurgeon Street
Thursdays
2PM – 8PM
dtsafarmersmarket.com
Manager: Kerri Cacciata
[email protected]
Grand Opening of the DTSA Certified Farmers Market is Thursday, March 27th, 2014.  This is a community-oriented, chef-driven certified farmers’ market, the first in the city in many years. The Santa Ana Farmers’ Market fuses community, family farms, and small businesses to serve as the newest element in the burgeoning Downtown area.

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Tustin
Corner of El Camino Real and 3rd Street
Wednesdays
9 AM – 1 PM (rain or shine)

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Westminster
Westminster Mall CFM
1025 Westminster Mall, Bolsa/Edwards south of Target Store
Wednesdays
Noon – 5PM
Manager: Summer Pope
[email protected]

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Yorba Linda
Main St. & Imperial Highway
Saturdays
9 AM – 1 PM

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Mollie is a wife to a wonderful man and stay at home Mama to two beautiful and energetic little girls. She has lived in South Orange County for most of her life and enjoys crafting, running, clean and natural living, party planning, and being involved in her community and church. She believes that being a Mom was and is her highest calling and attempts to give her girls a wide array of different experiences. From soccer cleats to tutus, running races to finding the perfect hair bow, she wants them to grow up knowing that they can be both girly and strong.
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