We are so fortunate here in San Diego, there is at least one Farmer’s Market happening every day of the week in various neighborhoods. One of the newer additions to the Farmer’s Market scene is Little Italy’s Mercato. It started up about two or three years ago and just keeps getting better and better! I have long been partial to the Sunday market in Hillcrest, boasting lots of vendors and long hours, but the Mercato - with its 90 booths and bay views has become my new favorite! I take all my out-of-town guests to it on Saturday mornings, including my mom who was just here last week. She absolutely loved getting an espresso at a locally owned coffee shop, strolling up and down the streets, listening to the live music and enjoying the bay breezes. Once we purchased all our goods we lined up for a delicious breakfast crepe, hot off the pan. Mmmmm.
Going to the Farmer’s Market is not only the best way to get really fresh food and support your local economy, it’s also a great way get to know your community. You start to recognize the faces (and dogs) of the other patrons when you go every week. You learn the names of the farmers at your favorite stands. It becomes a social event! Besides stocking up on my fruits and veggies for the week, I also like to try something new every time I go. Last week I tried some amazing organic, raw cheese – heaven! The Mercato has such a great variety of vendors. From oysters and pastured chicken to olives, fresh pasta and sauces – they have everything a foodie could hope for.
What unique vendors do they have at your local farmer’s market?
Photos by Kari Burks
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