After a months-long hiatus, the Downtown Santa Ana Farmers Market is about to make what amounts to a re-debut. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the new time for the formerly weekday-evening market, in the parking lot at the corner of Spurgeon and 3rd streets, rather than on the nearby pedestrian promenade where it was before.
Market manager Sonora Ortiz, taking over from founding manager Kerri Cacciata, has some familiar vendors lined up as well as new. “Our vendor list is still growing,” she says. “We’ll have folks joining next market, and the market after, as their harvests and products are ready—part and parcel of working with family farms and businesses!” Cacciata is now chef-in-residence at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.
Sure seems like DTSA’s been without its market too long. “We’ve been hearing from the community that they’ve missed the market and are very excited to have us back,” Ortiz says. “Our business friends from around the city have also been enthusiastic and supportive of our return.” Soon, Ortiz will relaunch the Friends of the Market fringe benefits program, which, as I recall, included a very nice reusable shopping bag and discounts at local businesses.
Worth noting: Sundays in Orange County are extremely well-served, farmers market-wise—downtown Santa Ana makes an excellent addition to a group that includes Irvine Great Park, Laguna Niguel, and San Clemente.