My idea of a perfect weekday/end morning? Grabbing a cup of coffee, and heading over to one of the many Farmer's Markets stationed in various cities throughout Orange County. I find absolute bliss in meadnering up and down the aisles of a Farmer's Market; perusing through the gorgeous hues of veggies and fruits, shopping for fresh produce and flowers at amazing prices, and the best part? supporting local farmers and vendors!!
I was researching locations for other OC Farmer's Markets and stumbled upon the Orange County Farmer's Markets and the Orange County Farm Bureau. The OCFB site is a great resource; providing information and maps for 'Certified Farmers' Markets'.
What does it mean to be a 'certified' farmer's market? "genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts and vegetables directly to the public. Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner to make sure he/she actually grows the commodity being sold" (OCFB).
Here are a few OC Farmer's Markets (OCFB and city-sponsored/certified) near me that take place throughout the week that I have been to or would like to visit soon! I'm definitely going to be picking up a few bouquets of flowers for my mother and grandmothers this Mother's Day!
Costa Mesa: Orange County MarketPlace/ Thursday 9am-1pm
(also open on Sat & Sun through the swap meet, $2 admission)
SOCO-The OC Mart Mix/ Saturday 9am-2pm
Huntington Beach: Pier Plaza/ Friday 1pm-5pm
Irvine: University Center/ Saturday 8am-12pm
ASUCI/ selected dates 8am-5pm, parking fee $2/hr
Newport: Corona Del Mar/Saturday 9am-1pm
Planning on It:
Irvine: Orange County Greak Park/ Sunday 10am-2pm
Historic Park at the Irvine Ranch/Tuesday 9am-1pm
Anaheim: Downtown Anaheim/ Thursday 12pm-7pm
Laguna Hills: Laguna Hills Mall/ Friday 9am-1pm
Laguna Beach: Lumberyard Parking Lot/ Saturday 8am-12pm
Of course I didn't list every Farmer's Market that is available, but almost (it seems like all) OC cities host at least 1 Farmer's Market, check out OC Farmer's Market , OCFB, or yelp (reviews) for more information. And leave a comment if you know of any other markets/faires!
Enjoy your weekend!