The Best Farmers Markets in Orange County

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Note: This is not a comprehensive list

Buena Park Farmers Market
La Palma Avenue and Stanton Avenue
Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Corona Del Mar Certified Farmers Market
PCH and Marguerite Ave.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you don’t mind the close quarters, you’ll love the pageantry of this idyllic venue.

Just off East Coast Highway in charming Corona del Mar, this compact market has an atmosphere all its own. Some of this is certainly site-specific, the compact ’hood effecting a boutique, jewel-box version of a farmers market. Dog watching is practically a pageant, as residents exercise a variety of expensive, exceptionally well-groomed pets in adjacent Bayside Drive Park.

The fruit and vegetables lining each side of the short aisle are, in a word, superb. Lettuces, greens, root vegetables, and a panoply of stone fruit in season are all abundant within these petite confines. What is at a premium, not surprisingly, is street parking, though spots often can be found in a restaurant lot on the East Coast Highway side.

Costa Mesa Certified Farmers Market
88 Fair Drive
Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Costa Mesa SoCo Farmers Market
3315 Hyland Ave.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
farmermark.com/soco

 

Laguna Hills Farmers Market
24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you’re looking for a stellar selection of goods, plus plenty of parking, this is the market for you.

The Laguna Hills Farmers Market’s cluster of colorful pyramid-shaped canopies is like an oasis in the Laguna Hills Mall on Avenida de la Carlota. It may seem an unlikely location for fantastic fruit and vegetables, but the truth is, this might be the finest display in Orange County for nuts-and-bolts ingredients-gathering. A real cook’s market, it offers a stellar range of produce vendors and no pesky crafts or other merchandise to distract from its highest and best purpose.

The closest farmers market to Laguna Woods, the city encompassing the former Leisure World senior community, it attracts a clientele that inspires in its variety and inclusiveness: life-long health addicts, lunch-hour business-casual ladies and gents, construction guys in panel trucks, tattooed twentysomethings, and parents with strollers. As a result, you’ll see every level of provisioning, from armloads of kale that denote serious juicing, to families restocking the weekly 25-pound bag of oranges, to dinner-party planners painstakingly hand-selecting tiny zucchini with attached blossoms. High-quality vendors populate the airy rectangle, with an island of back-to-back stalls in its middle.

Parking is delightfully abundant and easy, making it possible to accomplish the rare farmers market pit stop: Run in for strawberries and be back on the road in less than five minutes.

 

Dana Point Certified Farmers Market
La Plaza Park – Intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Golden Lantern
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
danapointchamber.com
Vendors include: California Mountain Bakery, Ms. Kettle Popcorn, and Parana Empanadas

 

Downtown Anaheim Farmers Market and Craft Fair
205 Center Street Promenade, 714-956-3586
Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Fullerton Farmers Market
306 N. Pomona Ave. at Wilshire Ave.
April through November
Thursday 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
cityoffullerton.com

 

Garden Grove Farmers Market
12931 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA
Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Huntington Beach Farmers Market at Peter’s Landing
16400 Pacific Coast Highway
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Petting zoo and pony rides? This marina-side site offers much more than just the right fruits and vegetables.

So far up Pacific Coast Highway you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s in Surfside, Huntington Beach’s Peter’s Landing is home to a thoughtful and lively Saturday farmers market that’s got all the right fruits and vegetables covered. This marina-side site is cool, beach casual, and welcoming. Walk its length, and at about midway there’s a switch to nonfood vendors, which merits a perusal—but only after produce provisioning. A petting zoo and pony ride are interesting additions, and somewhat jarring, but popular with families.

The south end of the market has the goods: greens, citrus, tomatoes, honey, almonds, eggs—and shoppers, some arriving on two wheels, stuffing their bags with good things. For those who cruise in on watercraft, guest slips are available, and parking’s a breeze for those who drive. In season, berry vendors provide variety, including blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The enticing, well-edited array of prepared-food vendors also is a reliable cut above, so avail yourself of the plentiful tables and chairs, and the accompanying live music.

 

Huntington Beach – Surf City Nights Certified Farmers Market
301 Main Street
Tuesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
surfcityusa.com

 

Irvine Farmers Market
Mariner’s Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive
Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
wellness.uci.edu/farmersmarkets

Irvine – The Great Park Certified Farmers Market
Orange County Great Park
6950 Marine Way, 714-724-6247
Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come one, come all, to this dynamic food fest where even Fido is a welcome guest.

One of the brightest spots in the bumpy development of Orange County Great Park is this Sunday farmers market, which has the pleasant, laid-back atmosphere of a small-town festival, but with the distinct benefit of repeating each week. The market has grown considerably since it opened on Halloween 2010, currently hosting a solid, temptingly diverse array of vendors. There’s a large, separate section of merchandise and service stalls, from skateboard scooters to free advice from the park’s health clinic professionals, usually the second Sunday of the month. But if you’re here for produce, it’s easy to make a beeline. This market is a pioneer in bringing in food trucks, and several of the county’s best are represented weekly.

 

Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets 

a) Anaheim – Orange County Anaheim Medical Center
3440 E La Palma Ave.
Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

b) Irvine – Orange County Irvine Medical Center
6640 Alton Parkway
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

c) La Palma – La Palma Medical Center
5 Centerpointe Drive
Every other Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

healthy.kaiserpermanente.org

 

Laguna Beach Farmers Market
Lumberyard Parking Lot – 521 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach
Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
visitlagunabeach.com

 

Laguna Niguel Farmers Market
Plaza de la Paz Shopping Center
Sundays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

Newport Beach Farmers Market
Newport Beach Pier70 Newport Pier Drive
Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
farmermark.com
Vendors include: Goldwick Candles, C & L Farms, Sizzling Ginger, Divine Harvest Family Farms, Acapulco Pico, and Fermentality

 

Orange Home Grown Farmers Market
190 N. Cypress Street
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
orangehomegrown.org
Vendors include: OC Baking Company, Rick’s VooDoo BBQ Sauce, Grampy Pat’s Sourdough, One Love Tea, Smart Fish Co., and Proper’s Pickles

 

Placentia Farmers Market
Placentia Town Center
130 E Yorba Linda Blvd.
Tuesday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
placentia.org/farmersmarket

 

San Clemente Farmers Market
243 Avenida del Mar
Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market
31792 Camino Capistrano at Yorba Street
Wednesday
Spring and summer: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Fall and winter: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
farmersmarketsjc.com

Vendors include: Baba Foods, Gourmet Tamales, Hidalgo Flowers, Kettle Korn King, Queen Bee Industries, Ruben’s Nuts, Salazar Ranch, Victor Gonzales Farms , Annabelle’s Fashions, Freddy’s Finest Treats, Quetzalli Jewels, Renewal by Andersen of Orange County, and Western Youth Services

 

Santa Ana – The DTSA Farmers Market
125 N Broadway, Santa Ana
Every Sunday from 10am-2pm, rain or shine
dtsafarmersmarket.com

The DSTA Farmers Market takes place at the corner parking lot on the Artists Village Promenade (directly in front of the CSUF Grand Central Arts Center). Don’t be surprised when you see the same top-quality produce found here being served in one of the fantastic nearby restaurants.

 

Tustin Certified Farmers Market
250 El Camino Real at Third Street
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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