Irvine Farmers Market – Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

This high-energy market across from UC Irvine is the largest in Orange County, with an unrivaled selection of vendors. Produce runs the gamut from high-quality prosaic to exotic, featuring SoCal farmers market rock stars as well as smaller growers. Asparagus, potatoes, apples, berries, grass-fed beef, artisan sausage, fresh fish, bread, and various prepared foods both sweet and savory. Fresh flowers, herbs, and vegetable starts. Lots of non-food vendors, too. Parking can be a pain, so go early, or late if you dare.