The Oceanside Farmers Market is held Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the corner of Pier View Way and Coast Highway right in front of the Oceanside Library. It is loaded with local grower selling a product that they truly love. These local growers take the time to grow and transport their product responsibly. Oceanside’s market offers baked goods, organic honey from local hives, and about two dozen crafts booths with locals peddling their coastal wares. Oceanside Farmers Market is great to pick up lunch necessities after a morning jog on the Strand. In the latter part of the day the City of Oceanside also hosts the Sunset Market. This is more of a street fair, but it is a local mainstay. Live music, exotic foods and watering holes all around you if you feel like sinking some suds. Yelp hits this beachside market at four out of five stars.
If classes take up your Thursday morning time slot, you could try the Vista Farmers Market located at 325. South Melrose Dr. Saturday mornings 8 a.m – 1 p.m. and this one is a gem. The Vista market is bigger than Oceanside with more space for vendors. “I would recommend to get your butt in here as early as possible because the Courthouse parking lot gets full pretty fast, but thi
s is the best vegetable market around,” said Jill Keller Vista native and self-proclaimed bargain hunter. The Vista Market boasts live music, tables to eat at, and a great selection of fresh cut flowers. But don’t bring your fur children because there are no pets allowed.
The State Street Farmers’ Market is held on Wednesdays 3 – 6 p.m. on State Street in downtown Carlsbad every. This market has more a state fair vibe. The crowds are larger than Vista and Oceanside markets. Carlsbad has lots of exotic ready to eat foods and live entertainment which adds to that state fair feeling. It is great if you want to listen to live music at the Coyote bar and Grill, do the Carlsbad crawl, or take a walk down by the beach afterwards.
Food is the most important thing in a healthy lifestyle. The produce you buy in a grocery store is just not the same. Fresh food is just better for your health and spirit. Eating fresh is hard if you’re buying produce from the grocery store. Why not make that lifestyle change now while helping out the small business owner? Start shopping locally. You can do you’re shopping with friends while experiencing the local community. The Farmers Market really is the California lifestyle.