Shopping farmers markets is a close-to-the-ground experience. One of the great joys is getting up close and personal with fruits and vegetables and the people who bring them to us. The other day, though, I got a new, elevated perspective, when Trish Harrison shared a gorgeous drone-shot YouTube video of her flagship Saturday Irvine market on my Facebook page. Harrison manages three more of O.C.’s best farmers markets—Costa Mesa Thursdays, Laguna Hills Fridays, and Tustin Wednesdays.
After the market moved to the Mariner’s Church campus in December, Harrison and the farmers braced for a temporary downturn while customers adjusted to the change. Happily, it never came. Instead, the market’s been breaking sales records every week—and, as Harrison points out, it’s not even cherry season yet. This year’s cherry frenzy will just about coincide with the market’s 20th anniversary, and there’ll be a celebration in late May or early June. (More on that when plans are set.)
Mariner’s provided the raw drone footage to Harrison, and her son Andrew, a Cal State Fullerton student, edited. The short video conveys the peacefulness of the market just as it opens, and hints at the bustle to come. Watching it makes me want to run right out and shop for vegetables. It might do the same for you. But we’ll both have to wait until Saturday.