You’re not a true San Diegan until you’ve experienced, and fallen madly in love with, our farmers’ markets. There is truly nothing like a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning in San Diego than going to the Mercato in Little Italy. San Diego’s largest farmers’ market comes to Little Italy every Saturday, rain or shine (and luckily it’s mostly shine), and becomes the stage of a weekly celebration of health, food, and music.
With over 150 booths every week the Mercato brings you the most amazing fruits and vegetables, herbs, nuts, cheese, and eggs from certified California producers, as well as the freshest fish and seafood, fresh breads, sauces, and pasta. The vibrant colors and aroma of the tomatoes, berries, lavender, and tuna will inspire you to go home and cook a fresh, light, and healthy meal for your family. So what if you’re not Rachel Ray? It doesn’t take much to make a healthy, yummy salad for your kids, served with a grilled cheese sandwich made with fresh, certified organic, artisan white cheddar cheese.
And why not bring some color and floral scent into your home with a bouquet of beautiful flowers? Nothing screams ‘Spring’ like daffodils, camellias, lilies, and, my favorite, tulips. Few flowers announce the arrival of a season the way tulips usher in Spring! So buy some purple and yellow tulips for your dining table and invite Spring into your home. You’ll feel rejuvenated after a long and gloomy winter.
Do you enjoy cooking regularly with fresh herbs? Then do what I do and buy a basil plant at the Mercato and have your own little herbal nursery in your backyard or sunny patio. I like to eat fresh mozzarella with tomatoes, cucumbers and basil on a warm, sunny afternoon for its cooling effect. Ever tried to keep a supermarket box of basil fresh for more than two days? Exactly! So nurture your own little basil plant on your patio and have it fresh at your fingertips.
I could go on and on about the wonders of the Mercato but you really need to experience it for yourself. And while you’re there, allow yourself to stop for a minute and listen to the legendary Smilin’ Jack as he plays his accordion.
Parking is street parking only. Hard to find but definitely worth driving around a bit.
WHEN: Every Saturday from 8-2 p.m.
Little Italy Mercato
Date & India Streets
San Diego, CA 92101