The city of San Diego is well known for its abundance of locally grown food and assortment of sustainable merchandise. Every single day of the week small companies from the area come together to host farmers’ markets throughout the county. There are booths lined up and down the streets with an array of products from fresh vegetables to handcrafted jewelry.
One of the most popular stands to visit is Lisko Imports, an artisan deli and fish market known for its pesto dip, fresh-baked bread, and delicious ravioli. Kosta, the proud owner of Lisko, says their secret ingredient is hydroponic basil. The basil comes straight from Archie’s Acres, an organic farm in San Diego that provides work for military veterans. Kosta is happy to say that their main philosophy is “to be as organic, local, and sustainable as possible.”
Other great booth’s that you can’t miss out on are all the hummus and spread stops. Each one sets out an assortment of samples to try with pita bread, crackers, carrots, you name it… just don’t be “that guy” who goes back for twelfths.
All the companies have different top sellers that they are known for around the county. Bitchin’ Sauce, a vegan, gluten-free, almond-based, spread is famous for their Spicy Chiotple and Pesto flavors. There is also the Majestic Garlic Stop, offering pickled-garlic toppings unlike anything you have ever tasted.
Another stand that the crowds can’t seem to get enough of is Spring Hill Cheese. They set out a generous assortment of every flavor you can imagine, bites of heaven in every little cube. My personal favorite is their Pepperjack blend, adding just the right amount of kick for your taste buds to endure!
Not quite filled up from all the samples yet? Don’t worry… there are plenty of food stands serving big, hearty meals. Whether you are in the mood for an authentic carne asada burrito or can’t stop thinking about satisfying your curry craving, you will be sure to walk away full and happy. For especially great Indian cuisine, make sure to check out the Masla Cottagecart!
Though most well known for the endless rows of food assortments, the Farmer’s Markets also feature booths carrying other sustainable products. Locally Grown Clothing Co. is “a grassroots lifestyle apparel company connecting people to community, food, and the environment.” You will also find brands like Keys Creek Lavender, a booth not only omitting delicious aromas, but advertising for the array of workshops and classes they offer to patrons as well.
While walking off the calories you just consumed at the food carts, pay a visit to the areas dedicated to art and jewelry. Local painters and craftsman come to set up displays of their talent, so take the opportunity to check out their products.
What’s great about San Diego farmers’ markets is that each one creates its own authentic vibe. For instance, Ocean Beach afternoons usually consist of live reggae music and lots of flannel shirts. On the other hand, on Saturday mornings in Little Italy, you will find the streets filled with shoppers drinking coffee and walking their dogs.
Click here for a complete list of farmers’ markets available throughout San Diego county.
Whether you are there to purchase groceries for the week or just take a stroll to check out some live music, don’t forget what the San Diego farmers’ markets are all about. Think sustainable. Shop local. Appreciate San Diego!