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Mar 14, 2007 11:07 AM

Decent-sized Farmers Market in SD?

I'm originally from Santa Barbara and going to the farmers market every weekend was a very long-standing tradition in my family. (I make a point to go every time I'm home!)
I moved to north county San Diego a few months ago and I can't seem to find a market on par with the one in SB or Santa Monica.
All of the one's I've visited seem to be teeny-tiny---The one in carlsbad was only like 8 stands or so when I went!

Any suggestions? I live in Vista and work in Carlsbad, so hopefully there is one not too far south.

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  1. The one I like best is near Hillcrest, in front of the DMV. I think it is actually on Normal Street.

    Fair sized but you have to get there early.

    Oops, I think it is on Sunday.

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    1. re: Wino

      It is on Sunday, and, yes, in the morning. I'd also add the Farmer's Market in Ocean Beach on Wednesdays. I believe it starts around 3 or 4pm and runs to about 7pm.

    2. You will not find any FM here that are like the ones up north. I haven't been to Poway's/Rancho Bernardo's, but as far as I know, Escondido's Tuesday evening one is the best in north county. It's still small (one strip of city block, but full of vendors) and not worth the drive, though. It runs only until about 5:45 p.m.

      1. Good luck on that one. I've yet to see a FM in San Diego that compares to the one in Santa Monica. I used to go there when I spent more time in LA, and remember all the amazing stuff you could get.

        Hillcrest's is decent (on Sundays) but doesn't really compare. All the San Diego Farmer's Markets are pretty similar, with the same vendors showing up. The OB Farmer's Market on Wed is pretty much the same vendors as Hillcrest, the main difference being Hillcrest has more prepared food.

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        1. re: Josh

          Last Sunday the Hillcrest farmers market had limequats. I'm doin' something with them and mahi mahi tonight for dinner. Haven't quite exactly figured out just what, but I'm sure something will come to me :-D

          I've also found white sapote, SD grown mac nuts and some other weird and wonderful stuff, and now that we're getting close to Spring and the onset of the growing season, that should improve.

        2. I like the La Jolla FM on Sundays, it has grown over the years and is my current favorite. Comparing the SD markets to LA is like comparing Napa and Temecula.

          1. heh, well Santa Monica is something else but I wish I could find something at least like in Santa Barbara..

            Sadly Hillcrest and La Jolla are kinda far for a Farmers Market run.... I've heard there is one in Vista? Anyone been there or know how it is?