New farmers market in Old Towne makes it three for Orange

The City of Orange, which already hosts two farmers markets weekly, will hit a trifecta when local nonprofit inaugurates its Old Towne Orange Farmers and Artisans Market on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. Chapman University is providing the market a home, its historic Villa Park Orchards Packing House at the corner of Cypress and Palm avenues, just two blocks from the Orange Plaza.

The list of participating growers confirmed so far appears below, though additions are likely, according to Carolyn Cramp, a member of Orange Home Grown’s board of directors. “We, of course, plan to grow our farmer base” Cramp said. “We have been very careful to have a wide variety of farmers—we wanted to make sure we started off with quality, and expect and hope to grow every week.”

Pomologist David Karp, who writes the Market Watch column for the LA Times food section, whom you might remember from a visit to the Newport Beach Farmers Market late last year, also takes the long view: “Rome wasn’t built in a day—it can take years for a market to become big and successful.” Surveying the list of confirmed vendors, Karp said, “This seems to be a promising start. They have some good growers lined up, and they’re getting good advice” from Laura Avery, manager of the big Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market, easily the most important in the region if not the state. “With time, and carefully chosen vendors, it could really develop into something.”

Vendors include Boujikian Farms, Gaytan Farms, Ha’s Apple Farm, Hopkins Ag, Jim Davis, Kane’s Family Farm, Kennedy Farms, Mountain Meadow Mushrooms, Pure Land Farms, Tamai Farms, and Yao Cheng Farm. Artisanal foods will be offered by Angel Bites Cookies, Baba Foods, and Gallery on Glassell. A honey vendor is expected on the market’s second Saturday.

I am thrilled to see one familiar name on that list, Kane’s Family Farm—nice people whose La Habra Heights Hass avocados are fantastic (the family also sells oranges and lemons in season). Their Hass are like the avocados of my youth—exactly like. I grew up a stone’s throw from La Habra Heights, ground zero for the Hass cultivar. Stands of leftover orchard trees, lemon as well as avocado, were a dependable natural resource.

Looking forward to all the treasures this new market might deliver.

(I happened to run into Marisa and Cliff Kane yesterday at the Sunday Irvine Great Park Farmers Market—SO happy to learn it too will be a regular stop for them, along with the new market in Orange.)

A complete list of O.C. farmers markets can be found at

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