We are so lucky to have several fantastic farmers’ markets in Orange County. Saturday mornings can easily be passed gazing at stalls and chatting with vendors about produce and fresh honey. I do not always have free time on the weekends to check out the markets, but when I do, I stop by one of the following three places.
Irvine – Campus Drive at Bridge Road, Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
The Irvine farmers’ market is packed with vendors selling fruit, vegetables, nuts, and specialty items. Local artists display their latest creations while musicians entertain shoppers taking a break from consuming delicious samples available to passers-by. Parking is a bit of a hassle, so I suggest that you arrive in the early morning to beat the crowd.
Orange – Cypress St. and Palm Ave., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The best parts of the Old Towne Orange Farmers and Artisan Market are the chef demos from local restaurant executive chefs, the emphasis on sustainable practices, and the variety of vendors that attend each Saturday. From artisanal jams to Asian vegetables, the farmers’ market in Orange fulfills the shopping lists of every consumer. The honey and vegetables are my favorites, but I go back for the gourmet popsicles.
Fullerton – Independence Park, Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fresh bread, nuts, and fish can be found at the Fullerton farmers market, which draws vendors all the way from northern California. The fruit and vegetable varieties offered in Fullerton often cannot be located in supermarkets, nor can the knowledge that these farmers offer attendants. Farmers are more than happy to explain the different varieties of strawberries, melons, and flowers. I love stopping by when I am making a meal to celebrate a special event.