New Old Towne farmers market garners out-of-county attention

Tomorrow morning the new Old Towne Orange Farmers and Artisans Market continues its campaign to win the hearts and minds of locals.

A Market Watch column by pomologist David Karp in today’s LA Times can only help: A fresh new player in Old Towne Orange. Opening day’s enthusiastic shoppers, too, gave the distinct impression of a market off to a solidly great start. Market organizers OrangeHomeGrown.org  went through 200 free, reusable shopping bags in a cool 10 minutes, rather than the couple of hours anticipated.

Among the other typically juicy, so to speak, background in Karp’s column, I LOVED reading about Kane’s Family Farm, a favorite of mine. “For connoisseurs, at least, a prestige still attaches to Hass avocados grown in La Habra Heights,” he writes. See? It’s not just me! (Earlier in ToOC: New farmers market in Old Towne makes it three for Orange.)

Saturday in O.C., in fact, is a day of multitudinous farmers markets, in addition to the new Old Towne entry. Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Placentia, and Yorba Linda all host Saturday markets. Fresh fruit & veg for everyone!

Find a complete list of Orange County farmers markets, their hours and locations, at OCFoodNation.com.

(Nancy Luna of the OC Register has a nice follow-up, with photo slideshow, in today’s paper as well, Top chefs flock to new O.C. farmers market.)

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