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Aug 19, 2010 11:19 AM

UTC Farmer's Market Opening Today

New farmer's market opening today at the UTC mall...too bad it's on a weekday, but will be nice to have one in the neighborhood. Anybody going?

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  1. Wow! I think I'll bike over there after work today.

    1. Good news -- I'll definitely check it out. I'm pretty tired of the traffic jam from hell that the La Jolla Farmer's Market has become. Too much market and not enough farmers for my taste.

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      1. re: bizzwriter

        La Jolla Farmers Market has become a Mommy and Me get together. Too many strollers parked in the middle of aisles while the mothers gossip. Ugh.

        1. re: foodiechick

          That's what I like most about it! Can't remember the last time I bought any produce, but great thai chicken and crepes. I tease i tease =)

        2. re: bizzwriter

          Try the Pacific Beach market on Saturday mornings. It isn't huge, but it is just fruit/veg/flowers (oh, and Brandt Beef). It is a certified farmers' market - no non-farmers are allowed to sell.

          1. re: menuinprogress

            Thanks for the tip -- that one didn't show up on my iPhone farmers market app.

        3. Did anyone go yesterday? Would be interested to know how many vendors showed up and what the variety/quality of the produce was like.

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          1. re: mliew

            It was about the same as the UCSD farmers market held on Tuesdays during school except there were no hot food vendors. Quality was high. The variety was average. I counted 2 vendors selling produce, 2 vendors selling flowers, 2 vendors selling baked goods, and a bunch of vendors I didn't pay any attention to.

            I bought 1 apple pie from CJ which was great and one bouquet of flowers which looked great.

            1. re: surfer1966

              I've never figured out why they don't run the UCSD farmer's market all summer. The Thai chicken place might not get its usual throughput, but other than that most of those places get as much if not more business from staff and graduate students than they do from undergraduates - in some cases much more.

              1. re: surfer1966

                No hot food vendors? Did we go to the same market? I saw crepes, BBQ, tamales and salmon burger stalls, to name a few.
                I did a long write up here a couple hours ago, but it never fully loaded :(

                I stopped by on the way home from work. It wasn't big, but it was okay. The reed avocado, tomatoes and basil I bought were great. If I had one wish it would be that they had another bread vendor: the one that was there was mostly a gluten-free thing. I was hoping to score some baguettes or something. Parking was easy. Will go again.

                1. re: The Office Goat

                  I went down the long row where the produce, flowers, and baked stuff was. Didn't go down that short row where the vendors made an L as I didn't see anything interesting to me with a quick glance. I'll check out the rest next week.

                  Regarding the UCSD farmers market. It is a bummer they don't do it over the summer. I think the Thai chicken place would still make good money too. I think more staff and grad students would go as the line would be shorter with less undergrads enrolled during the summer.

                  1. re: surfer1966

                    Well there's your problem: it was a U, not an L. The hot stuff was over there. ;-)

                    1. re: The Office Goat

                      I'll check out the rest this week. I really liked the apple pie and the flowers I got last week. I think I'll try a different pie and take a look at the hot food.

                      1. re: surfer1966

                        Lemme know what you think. I can't go this week, but we're all pie sluts in our household and I'll be back next week.

                        1. re: The Office Goat

                          I had the poppy seed bread last week and will try some of the produce tomorrow

                          1. re: The Office Goat

                            I took more time to check out the market today. It looked like there were more vendors this week. I found the hot food area and tried the $7 combo meal at Smokin Joe's. The beef brisket, pork brisket, and pork ribs were pretty good.

                            I stopped by CJ's again and tried the cherry pie. It was great. I loved the tasty and crunchy crust. The filling taste great too. He doesn't normally make pineapple pie but said he would custom make one if I called him in advance. (619) 224-8004 Much better than the pie's I have tried at the local supermarkets like Von's, Henry's, and Albertson's.

                            Next week I plan on trying the Mexican hot dog vendor. I posted some photos I took on my website:

                            1. re: surfer1966

                              Wow, I went for the first time this afternoon and totally missed the Mexican hot dog vendor. That demands a return trip soon.

                              I bought corn, several different kinds of heirlooms, red bell peppers and pluots as well as a large peach pie and mini apple pie from CJ's. All of his baked goods were still warm from the oven. Looking forward to trying his quiche.

                              Smokin Joe's has been a regular at the Sunday La Jolla farmer's market and I think his brisket is really good, with authentic smoke flavor (we always have minimal sauce...on the side).

                              I hope this market succeeds. It is a nice, relaxing way to stock up before the weekend if you don't feel up to one of the "event" markets on Saturday or Sunday. The parking situation is a HUGE bonus. I officially gave up on the Sunday LJ market when they began offering valet parking!

                      2. re: surfer1966

                        It was tough deciding on bbq or mexican hot dogs but Smokin Joe's hooked me with a great free sample and Steve was real helpful.

                        The other things I want to try from CJ's are the mini pies and the cookies. I noticed he brought more stuff than last week.

                        The market wasn't very crowded at 5pm. Looks like they need to advertise more. I only heard about it from reading this post. Tons of places to park a car but not bikes. I just leaned it against a light pole.

                        1. re: surfer1966

                          It won't be at that location over the long haul, because once they start in on the mall redevelopment / upgrade, they'll need that space.

                          1. re: RB Hound

                            Pretty sure that the redevelopment has been canceled or at least postponed for a long while due to the recession. I remember they used to have a kiosk in the middle of the mall with models and information of what the redesigned mall was to look like. That advertising kiosk has been gone for over a year now and is now a jewelry store.

                            Bottom line is that I don't think the farmer's market will have to worry about that anytime soon.

                            1. re: RB Hound

                              has there been news on the UTC redevelopment? I thought its been dead in the water since the economy tanked and Westfield couldn't find any financing

                              1. re: Davediego

                                Not that I know of - I haven't exactly been paying attention, so I didn't realize that the UTC upgrade was put on hold.

                                Somewhat ironically, if Westfield just went forward with that upgrade now, it would cost them a lot less in the long run than if they wait for the economy to pick up. You'd think that they have deep enough pockets to cover it, but I'm not very business savvy so what do I know? At any rate, better news for the fans of the farmers market.

                                The heirlooms I picked up there a few weeks back were yummy - even the Whole Foods Be Wise Farms ones paled in comparison. The peaches were really good, too, though a family of fruit flies came home with them. :)

                          2. re: surfer1966

                            The Mexican hot dogs were great! The guy manning the grill toasted my buns and dogs themselves were cooked with just the right amount of grill marks.

                            Krispies from CJ's were very good. Got some cookies too that I'm saving for tonight.

                            Noticed a flower vendor from the first 2 weeks didn't show up. Picked up a bunch of small sunflowers for $2.50. Saw a bunch of other people getting in on the same deal.

                    2. Going to finally get around to hitting up the UTC Farmer's Market this week or next....what are the best recommendations to eat and buy (esp. this time of year!).


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                      1. re: MrKrispy

                        I'm not sure about the La Jolla market, but the produce pickings at UTC have been quite slim lately. It's the season, I guess...

                        1. re: RB Hound

                          oops, I meant UTC (edited, sorry!). Yeah I assumed the produce might be slim.

                          1. re: RB Hound

                            LJ has had lean pick'ins the past few weeks as well. I'm getting stoked for some local ripe strawberries any info?

                            1. re: cstr

                              A person that I follow on twitter said she bought her first basket last week at Mission Hills FM.

                              1. re: cstr

                                Just thought I would let you know that Catt White (who runs Little Italy etc) is trying to open a market on Friday afternoons in Bird Rock!