City Girl Looking for Country Produce

All this talk of food is making me hungry!

It brings to mind that the Fullerton Farmer’s Market (the one held downtown) will be starting up again in a few weeks. As much as it can be a nice place to hang for an afternoon with my son, it really doesn’t have all that much actual produce. Bounce houses? Check. Free music/bands? Check. Lots of booths with items that are not edible? Check. To find a real variety of veggies and fruits is kinda hard there. Which to me, sort of defeats the purpose of a Farmer’s Market. Ditto with the one held in downtown Anaheim, which has more fake purses than produce.

I’ve been to the one in Orange, which when I visited consisted of an entire four booths, one of them purveying nothing but bread, and the other one held in Fullerton. This one has more vendors than the abovementioned, but the parking is a mess and everyone is fighting to walk on the same small strip of sidewalk with foot traffic going both ways. We like to take our son’s Radio Flyer wagon to store our loot in, and as we always wind up unintentionally bonking people in the ankles with it, I’d rather avoid Fullerton II. I mean, hello, how can you not see the huge red wagon in front of you? Must be the same type of people that stand up on moving trams. Anyhoo…

Anybody got a favorite Farmer’s Market to share? I know there is a big one at the fairgrounds, but that is a little far for me. I would go, though, if everyone tells me it is the best one.

7 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    Irvine! It’s easily the best I’ve ever been to. It’s across from UCI (on Bridge/Campus, near the Trader Joe’s, movie theater, and In-N-Out), and typically has 60-80 booths, of which 85-90% are fruits and veggies. It’s Saturdays from 8 or 9am until noon.

  2. Maria (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    I used to go (and started going again) to the one in Irvine since it’s on a Saturday, and I can only get out to do groceries on weekends. I’ve never been to the others, but I think it’s pretty big. I pick up pretty much of my produce and bread there.

    No bouncy castles, but kids and strollers are common without tripping anyone up. I’ve even seen a few Radio Flyers.

    It’s in the shopping lot across the street from UCI. (I talk about it here and here.)

  3. Dave Share (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    I know its the swap meet (sorry marketplace) but we always get our produce there. The best is to go around 3, they have everything half off.

  4. John Rubly (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 5:43 am

    I sell at the Anaheim Marketplace on Thursday’s and I beg to differ with you. They have an entire street allocated for fresh produce every week. There are no longer fake purses, as you mentioned in your article. It’s a hidden gem as far as Farmers Markets, located on Center Street Promenade. It’s set amongst palm tree lined streets and City Building. Most weeks there is live entertainment with plenty of food courts and numerous vendors with exciting products to offer.

  5. Jon (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 6:47 am

    I am quite fond of the Huntington Beach Farmers Market. It is located right on the beach next to the pier and always has a pretty wide selection of fresh produce.

    It’s kind of far to travel if you live in north county, but it’s quite scenic and well worth the drive. You can watch the surfers while you shop!

  6. Maria (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    The HB web site says “noon to dusk” on Fridays. What’s dusk nowadays? 5:30pm? This could be a possibility since it’s not that far from work.

  7. Maria (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    Ah, nevermind. Found them on the OC Farm Bureau’s site (which says 1-5pm).

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