Is there anything more enjoyable than a farmers market? It’s one of the more pleasant things to do in Orange County, or anywhere else, for that matter. Of course, the nice thing about living in the OC is that many of the farmer’s markets around here go year-round, where they may only be seasonal in some other parts of the country. Access to freshly-grown produce and other locally-sourced food and other resources is a uniquely Californian experience of which everyone should take advantage. Whether you like biting into a juicy strawberry or an ear of buttered sweet corn best, read on for some of the best farmers markets on the West Coast.
Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market and Craft Fair
In Anaheim, located at the intersection of Lemon and Center streets, you will find the Certified Farmers Market and Craft Fair each Thursday from 11 am to 4 pm. The farmers in the booths there are all locals, and they’ll be as eager to talk with you about their growing and harvesting techniques as they are to sell you a bushel of just-picked apples. There are also all sorts of international foods, so you might decide today is the day to try something for the first time and broaden your horizons. There’s also the Homegrown Music series, and you never know who’s going to drop by to show off their talents.
Buena Park Farmers Market
This market takes place in Buena Park on Saturdays between 9 am and 2 pm, at the corner of La Palma and the Stanton Sears parking lot. They have lots of fresh produce, but what sets them apart is their selection of baked goods, raw honey, and farm-fresh eggs. You can get produce or whatever else you need for the week, but you should also come hungry since you can get lots of fresh foods made to order to sustain you as you shop.
Corona del Mar
The farmers market at Corona del Mar is along the Pacific Coast Highway, and it takes place on Saturdays between 9 am and 1 pm. Get there early, as there is limited on-street parking and in a small lot nearby. This market is associated with the California Federation of Certified Farmers Markets, and it has been in existence since 1996. It has become a much-loved staple of the community, and along with the usual fare, you can get prepared foods, lots of fresh fish and other seafood, honey, and all types of lovely flowers.
Of all the things to do in Orange County, attending farmers markets is something that you can always feel good about, as you’re helping out local businesses while you get some yummy groceries at the same time. Try one of these three, or check out some of the many others throughout the OC.
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