Shop in the Sunshine! The Best Farmers Markets in San Diego

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Looking for locally farmed food, fresh air and sunshine? Then these farmers markets in San Diego are your go-to spot. There are new rules to follow on your visit, including social distancing, mask-wearing and touchless shopping, and most markets limit the number of people allowed to enter at once. Be sure to check that the nearby farmers market you’re planning a trip to is open before heading out. Scroll down to find the best farmers markets in San Diego today!

Little Italy Mercato

Shop for farm fresh fruits and veggies, pastured eggs, meat, poultry, fish, olive oil and more! You’ll find widely spaced tents and one-way traffic flow to keep guests safely apart. One or two people per household requested to keep lines short. Masks are required, and prepared food is pre-packaged and can be taken to go.

Open: Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
600 West Date St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Hillcrest Farmer’s Market

From fresh veggies and Bread & Cie to salty lemonade and green fix smoothie, you’ll find plenty to eat and drink at this market. It is a ‘no touch’ market, so just point to get your items. Also, they follow social distancing etiquette. Head out this week and load up on healthy fruits and veggies.

Open: Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
3960 Normal St. (Hillcrest DMV Parking Lot)
San Diego, CA 92103

Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market

Gluten-free goodies anyone? Who can refuse? Even more, there are fresh fruits, vegetables, spreads, baked goods, honey, kombucha and flowers to name a few items. If you’re hungry, there are artisan food vendors who provide to-go food. A few rules: social distancing, masks required, no pets, and one-way foot traffic flow through the market.

Open: Weds., 4-8 p.m.

4900 Newport Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107

photo: Leah Singer

Carlsbad Farmers Market

Whether it’s artisan goat cheese, organic cheese or cheesecake in a cup – we’re in! You’ll also find nut butter, fruit jams, organic herbs, farm fresh produce, Indian cuisine, honey and more! Good to know, a mask is required and they try and limit the number of people. Also, it’s a ‘no touch’ market. Come join on Wednesdays!

Open: Weds., 3-7 p.m.
State St. between Grand Ave. & Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

La Jolla Open Aire Farmer's Market

Fresh air and sunshine! In addition to farm fresh produce, eggs and local honey, you’ll fine prepackaged items like organic bone broth and soups, kombucha, yogurt, raw organic smoothies, tamales, freshly-made bread, superfoods, quiche and cookies, cold pressed juice, hummus and pita, Indian food to-go, a Mexican food truck and a coffee cart. This is a no-contact market and masks are required. Come soon!

Open: Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
7335 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037

North Park Farmers Market

Fishing around for a farmer’s market? Head out to North Park to eat this 'fish' filled with your choice of Azuki bean, custard or chocolate filling. Then shop for the farm fresh produce, fresh-baked bread, bao buns, eggs, avocados and other goodies!  A few new rules include: no pets, face masks, touchless market, no eating at market. Come out this Thursday.

Open: Thurs., 3-7:30 p.m.
2900 North Park Way & 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104

featured image: Tookapic via Pexels

–Nikki Walsh


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