Guide to San Diego's Farmers Markets

Farmers' markets can be found nearly every day of the week.

San Diego Farmers Markets
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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, but 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 farmers market in San Diego), but the ambience 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 is 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 farmers 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: 2:30-6 p.m., corner of First and B streets (Old Ferry Landing); 760-741-3763.

Escondido: 2:30-6 p.m. (4 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