Farmers' markets be found almost every day of the week in San Diego County all through the year thanks to the nice weather, and if it's a certified farmers' market, the State of California ensures that the produce is being sold by the grower, is grown in California and meets all California quality standards.
Any day except Monday, you’ll find an outdoor farmers' market operating in a nearby neighborhood or city. Although many of the growers frequent the same various markets, each market is unique in that they take on the characteristics of their neighborhood. The outdoor stalls and farmers faces may sometimes be the same (some farms go to more than one farmer's market in San Diego), but the ambiance is different at each market.
Grab a bunch of fresh, colorful flowers along with other office workers at the Horton Square market downtown. Take in the stunning bayside view while picking up fresh green beans in Coronado. Hit the boardwalk after grabbing some fresh tomatoes in Pacific Beach. A basket of fresh strawberries and antiques go well together while in La Mesa village. The eclectic hustle and bustle of Hillcrest are almost as attractive as the exotic persimmons and cherimoyas. And you can say you went shopping in La Jolla and came home with bags of purchases!
From the oldest to the newest, here’s a list of the countywide certified farmer's markets.
Monday Farmers Markets
Escondido - Welk Resorts San Diego: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive; 760-749-3000
Tuesday Farmers Markets
Chula Vista - Otay Ranch Town Center: 4-8 p.m. Along Main Street near Barnes & Noble; 619-656-9100
Coronado: 2:30 p.m. -6 p.m., corner of First and B streets (Old Ferry Landing); 760-741-3763.
Escondido: 2:30 p.m. -6 p.m. (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Summer) Grand Avenue between Broadway and Kalmia Street; 760-745-8877
UCSD/La Jolla: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (September thru June), UCSD Certified Farmers Market at the Price Center near the bookstore near Lyman Lane and Library Walk; 858-534-4248.
Wednesday Farmers Markets
National City Farmers' Market: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. At A Ave. between 7th St and 8th Street; 619-795-3363
San Marcos - Cal State San Marcos: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 333 S.Twin Oaks Valley Rd., Parking Lot B; 760-751-4193
Carlsbad: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. State Street between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive; 760-434-2553
Ocean Beach: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. (4 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Summer) 4900 block of Newport Avenue; 619-279-0032
Temecula: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Promenade Mall across from Edwards Temecula Stadium 15 Theatres; 760-728-7343.
Thursday Farmers Markets
Oceanside: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pier View Way at Coast Highway; 619-440-5027
Oceanside: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tremont and Pier View Way; 760-754-4512
Chula Vista: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. (closes an hour earlier in winter) Third Avenue at Center Street; 619-422-1982
North Park: 3 p.m. - Sunset. CVS Pharmacy parking lot at University and 32nd Street; 619-237-1632
Horton Square/Downtown: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. from March to mid-October. 225 Broadway; 760-741-3763
Tierrasanta: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. De Portola Middle School at 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Santo Road; 858-272-7054
Friday Farmers Markets
La Mesa Village: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Allison Street, east of Spring Street (at La Mesa Village); 619-440-5027
Rancho Bernardo: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bernardo Winery parking lot at 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte; 760-723-2469
Borrego Springs: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (November to May) Christmas Circle Community Park at Christmas Circle and Palm Canyon Drive; 760-767-5555.
Mission Valley: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westfield Mission Valley Mall, East Parking Lot near Macy's, 2028 Camino del Este 92108; 619-795-3363.
Saturday Farmers Markets
Little Italy Mercato: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Date Street, India to Columbia, North Side; 619-233-3769
Pacific Beach: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mission Boulevard between Reed Avenue and Pacific Beach Boulevard (at Promenade Mall); 760-741-3763
Vista: 8 a.m - 12 p.m. Corner of Eucalyptus and Escondido Avenues (City Hall parking lot); 760-945-7425
Poway: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Corner of Midland Road and Temple Street (in Old Poway Park); 619-440-5027
Del Mar: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Corner of El Camino Del Mar and 10th Street (City Hall parking lot); 760-727-1471
Scripps Ranch: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ellen Browning Elementary School at 10380 Spring Canyon Road; 858-586-7933
Temecula: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Old Town Temecula at 6th and Front Street; 760-728-7343
Carlsbad: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roosevelt Street between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive; 760-434-2553
Sunday Farmers Markets
Hillcrest: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Corner of Normal and Cleveland streets (DMV parking lot); 619-237-1632
Solana Beach: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 410 to 444 South Cedros Ave at Rosa Street; 858-755-0444
La Jolla: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Girard Avenue at Genter Street (La Jolla Elementary School); 858-405-6086
Downtown Third Avenue Market and Asian Bazaar: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 400 Block of Third Avenue between Island Ave and J Street; 619-279-0032
Leucadia/Encinitas: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paul Ecke Elementary at Union Street and Vulcan Street; 858-272-7054
Julian: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Located between The Bead Shop and the Wynola Farms Marketplace at 4470 Highway 78; 760-885-8364