Friday, August 15, 2008

New Farmers Markets in San Diego County

Lucky us -- we've got a bunch of new farmers markets that have been opening this summer around the County. That brings the total of regional markets to 30.

City Heights debuted its new market in June. It's the brainchild of a group of community organizers to create a healthy community and it's the first in San Diego to accept food stamps. (Just a heads up -- I wrote a story on this market for Edible San Diego's Fall 2008 issue, which will be available Sept. 1.) The market is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wightman St. between Fairmount and 43rd St.

Little Italy just opened its farmers market. I was hoping to get over there this weekend but my back is out and I may not make it. But read Alice Q. Foodie's write up. Sounds wonderful. Little Italy Mercato is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Date St. between Kettner and Union with over 70 farm and food booths, according to "market maestra" Catt Fields White.

The East Village farmers market opened in July. Friends tell me its still very small, but like all of these markets, they need local support to convince vendors to make the commitment. If you want it to grow, go! It's held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8th and Market.

Valley Center is about to open its farmers market on Sept. 4. It will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. till sunset at 28751 Cole Grade Rd.

For details about any of the farmers markets in the region, go to the San Diego County Farm Bureau's website.

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