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Help! Any Chowhounder know if Chino Farms is open 7/4??

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ps99186 Jun 19, 2009 09:27 AM

Foodie from Bay area that will be in the SD area for the fourth of July weekend. Wanted to go to Chino Farms to purchase produce for dinner party at my brother's house. Anybody know if they are open?? If so, do they have shorten hours...their website make no mention and the telephone recording is also silent on this. Will also be visiting Point Loma Seafood for some fresh fish that day...any other rec's for meats?? Thanks!!

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    Beach Chick Jun 19, 2009 10:21 AM

    Some of the best produce on the planet..
    Chino Farm Stand
    6123 Calzada del Bosque Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 - (858) 756-3184

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      DougOLis Jun 19, 2009 11:22 AM

      No idea if they'll be open or not, but I can check when I'm there next week.

      What part of San Diego does your brother live in? If it's more North County I would suggest getting fish at El Pescador in La Jolla instead. Then you could get meat from Homegrown Meats nearby while you're at it. Other meat options are Iowa Meat Farms & Siesel's.

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        ps99186 Jun 20, 2009 04:11 PM

        Thanks for the advice, Doug! Let me know what you find out...My brother lives in San Marcos so I might check out the places you mentioned. I have never been to El Pescador or Homegrown Meats.

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          SDGourmand Jun 21, 2009 08:56 AM

          Homegrown is very good but extremely expensive.

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            Josh Jun 21, 2009 11:06 PM

            Cheap beef is expensive, too. Just in a different way.

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            araknd Jun 21, 2009 08:58 AM

            In San Marcos the place to get meat is T & H Meats on Mission Rd. They are only open Thursday to Saturday, but they take orders by phone. They carry all kinds of meat, especially real prime beef. I live a couple of miles away, so I don't buy beef anywhere else.

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              DougOLis Jun 22, 2009 08:57 AM

              There's Tip Top Meats up in North County as well

          3. foodiechick Jun 22, 2009 10:57 AM

            When DougOLis gets back to you and Chino's is open, plan on getting there very early because of demand. We were there yesterday (Dad's day) and the corn had all been sold by 10am. Didn't even put together the demand for corn on Father's Day (duh - big bbq day), Fourth of July will be insane.

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              daantaat Jun 22, 2009 08:39 PM

              I must have gotten one of the last bags of corn b/c I was there around 10:15 am-ish!

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              Ela0427 Jun 22, 2009 09:34 PM

              I live in San Marcos and I buy the meat at T&H Prime Meats and fish at Fish House Vera Cruz, also in SM. Fish is always fresh. The farmers' market in Vista is open on the 4th and you will find some fine produce there. cannot compare to the Gucci farms stand..aka Chino Farms, one of my favorite places to shop. Tip Top in carlsbad has a great meat selection but T&H is close and they have great prime meats...IFF they do not run out for the 4th BBQs. I was at Chino's 2 weeks ago on Sunday and there was quite a line. The corn is fantastic and the strawberries are divine. The cavaillon melons are also worth the splurge.

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                DougOLis Jun 23, 2009 12:49 PM

                Yes, they will be open but only until 1. And you should probably be sure to get there early if you want any corn.

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                  DougOLis Jun 29, 2009 08:05 AM

                  Another fish market option for you that is closer is Pelly's Fish Market in Carlsbad, and the nice thing about that place is that they sell local Carlsbad Aquafarms mussels, clams, and oysters.

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                    ps99186 Jun 29, 2009 10:59 AM

                    Thanks everyone for your 'hound skills, especially Doug for checking on the hours of Chino Farms....I think we will try to get there bright and early on the 4th and see what we can find. What time do they usually open so I can avoid the lines?? I'll swing by Pelly's as well on the way back...I'm getting hungry already and its' only Monday

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                      SDGourmand Jun 30, 2009 07:35 AM

                      I'm a huge fan of the oysters at Pellys. I usually always pick up around 10 of them to eat while I cook.

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                        DougOLis Jun 30, 2009 11:43 AM

                        They open at 10

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