Local Charm at Rancho Bernardo’s Farmers Market

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Farmer’s markets are a great way to support local business, get outside and meet some neighbors, and enjoy some local color. With a year-round growing season and plenty of sunshine, San Diego produces a wealth of farm fresh goods. Did you know that San Diego has more small farms than any other county in the U.S.? San Diego is the top producer of avocados, number three in honey production, number five in lemons, number nine in strawberries and ranked tenth in number of egg-laying hens. We also grow a lot of guavas, pomegranates, limes, macadamias and more. On any day of the week, you can visit a farmer’s market in San Diego.

If you’re looking to visit a particularly charming certified farmer’s market, check out the Rancho Bernardo Market. Every Friday at the Bernardo Winery from 9am-1pm in the main parking lot, vendors set up shop and sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to local honey, fresh artisan breads and local flowers. Also at the farmer’s market, treat yourself to a made to order crepe, handmade tamale or hummus and pita. Besides food vendors, you’ll also find beautiful orchids for sale, bamboo clothing, jewelry and a variety of vendors selling their wares. There’s always something new at the Rancho Bernardo Market.

This market is relatively small when compared to others in San Diego, but the rustic charm of the winery and the quality of the goods you’ll find here more than make up for the size. (It’s quality that matters, not quantity, right?)

The selection is top notch year round due to the wide variety of local farms in Rancho and surrounding areas. Fruits & veggies are fresh, cheap, and often organic. Meats and ethnic foods are very fresh & affordable. Service is very friendly & helpful, and it’s always great to ask a local farmer their favorite way to prepare their goods.

We hope you’ll stop by one of these Fridays for some local flavor.

Lauren lives in OB with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley. She loves laughter and the great outdoors. You can contact her at [email protected].

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