You could use all of your fingers and and all of your toes, and you still couldn’t count all the farmer’s markets in Orange County. Farmer’s markets are the perfect setting for small food businesses to test out new offerings on a small scale, and let’s face it, they’re just plain delightful.
Here are some of our favorites:
155 S State College Blvd
Just a mile from our office, the Brea Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, honey, spices, snacks and baked goods. We’re big fans of this one.
Downtown Plaza on Wilshire Avenue, between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue.
Also nearby the Lendistry office, this market is HUGE! It has live bands, bounce houses, an outdoor beer and wine garden, oh and also some farm fresh food.
Lendistry’s Corporate Development guru, Leeann, goes out of her way to make it to the Kaiser Permanente markets, “These are AWESOME… I go to the Anaheim one all the time (like purposely schedule to make sure I’m there! It has a cute little message “pick up your prescription and your green beans in one trip.”
Blue Bowl Superfoods, now a brick-and-mortar business, are frequent foodies at the Irvine, Anaheim and Downey locations.
Irvine Farmers Market
5001 Newport Coast Drive
Confirmed Yelp reviewer, Julie, says, “Hands down my favorite farmers market in the area. Great selection of produce, a number of vendors, and great options for grabbing a bite to eat. It can get crowded but covers a large space and definitely something for everyone.”
This market ranges on the pricey side, but if you’re looking for quality organic food, you get what you pay for. Other reviewers warn that parking can be hard to come by, so come early!
SoCo Farmers Market
3315 Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa
If you’re in the market for something on the moderate side, price-wise, this one gets high marks from us for both freshness and friendliness. Make sure you try Vera’s Salsa. Oh, and parking is free!
Peter from Yelp adds, “A few food trucks like Crepes Bonaparte and Barcelona on the Go are regulars, as well as a Tamale Vendor.”
Tustin Certified Farmers Market
El Camino Real & 3rd Street in Tustin
This market is small but mighty. There aren’t a ton of vendors, but you also don’t feel like anything is missing. The fact that it’s small is an asset–it’s not so crowded, and parking is easy breezy.
Customers rave about the sweet selection for such low prices. Frequent shopper, Randi, came away with six bags of fruits and veggies for less than $30.
Costa Mesa Certified Farmer’s Market
88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa
This is a local must. It’s a large market, and if you like seeing a mix of consistent vendors and food trucks, this is the one for you. The best part of farmer’s markets is finding what you’re looking for plus a few unexpected, oddball treasures.
Do you have a favorite farmer’s market? Share in the comments.