Fish and Farmers in San Diego
I am a chef down from San Francisco and I need some help finding a good fish market and recs on the best farmer's markets in SD. I am catering an event for an old friend on Saturday and need a little direction from other hounds. I'm planning on swinging by the Chino Farms stand on my way down the 5 but otherwise, I am shopping blind. So please, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I will be staying around PB but the party is in Downtown at some urban loft space. I am somewhat obsessed with purchasing direct from farmers so a 30 minute drive is perfectly acceptable and much preferred to buying the glistening, vapid produce at most grocery stores. Plus, I find little to no inspiration walking the linoleum isles...
Thanks for the Point Loma Seafood rec, I spoke to the manager and he has promised me something cool for Saturday morning. Appreciate it!
Thanks for the Point Loma Seafood, rec
Catalina Offshore Products is probably your best choice for the seafood - they wholesale to restaurants and also sell to the public. For produce, you might also try People's Organic Foods in Ocean Beach - they sell local produce from Be Wise and other smaller producers. Specialty Produce is also your friend. I know they moved recently - Google for location.
Contact La Milpa Organica and speak with Barry, the farmer. According to his website, he/they will be at the Vista Farmers Market on Saturday.
You might be able to go directly to the farm.
I do not have a phone number for them, but on the website they refrence a number for bee removal, you might call them for Barry's #.
Little Italy also has a good size farmers' market on Saturday mornings, but they're brand new and still building their selection of farm stands. They had 40 some booths last week but maybe only 8 farmers and one fish guy, along with flowers and plants, olive oil, salts, pastry etc
I'd second the Catalina Offshore recc and also Barry of Milpas at Vista on Saturday.
I second Hillcrest Farmer's Market as best, but of no help to you as it's after your event.
You'll probably have to live with the Del Mar market, best of the rest that I know of.
For seafood, I'll also second Point Loma or Catalina Offshore. Blue Water and the Fish Market are pricey and have less selection. Whole Foods and Bristol Farms...avoid them, the product is not always the freshest and their staff not the most savvy.
The Hillcrest Farmers Market has great items. The market operates on Sunday mornings. La Milpa Organica of Escondido sells their products their as welll, and they provide greens for many of same places that Chinos farms provides produce for.
For Fish, I am a Point Loma Seafoods person, but on Chowhound some people have found luck with the following company:
What type of fish are you looking for and in what part of town. If you're going to be rather centrally located, for fish try
Point Loma Seafood in (duh) Point Loma
Blue Water Grill on India St. close to Washington in Middletown
Catalina Offshore on Morena Blvd. in Bay Park
Whole Foods in Hillcrest
The best farmers market in SD is probably the Sunday market in Hillcrest, which won't help you since your function's on Saturday. The Friday market is in La Mesa in teh afternoon. There is a farmers market in La Jolla but I can never remember if it's a Friday or Saturday morning market. Do not expect any of these farmers markets to be close to what you're used to in the Bay Area.
If you are centrally located I can also recommend El Pescado Fish Market in La Jolla on Pearl Street. Unfortunately, the farmer's market in La Jolla is on Sunday morning. There are Saturday farmer's markets in Pacific Beach (in the morning, on Mission Boulevard in the center that also houses Hooters and Tony Roma's) and Del Mar (1-4pm). Of the two, I think the Del Mar location has a wider variety of offerings (still doesn't compare to Hillcrest). Good Luck.