Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market
San Diego is known for its So Cal beach feel. In the grand scheme of things, that is pretty correct. However, there is much more than just beach. There is a big agricultural community of people who grow just about everything. There are also soap makers, hummus creators, juicers, bakers, flower organizers, baristas and many more fabulous entrepreneurs who come together to share their goods with the world at the local farmer’s market’s. The best part is that you can come shop pretty much any day of the week, depending on where you are in the county.
While we applaud big business because it represents companies both big and small who have made it, there is something less personal about purchasing something that has been mass-produced. Whether it is a zucchini or a yogurt, when bought from a grocery store, there is little human dimension left. It’s hard to envision the person who contributed to that zucchini or yogurt’s journey from the source to the grocery store. However, when visiting the farmer’s market, you often get to meet the person who brought to life the quality thing you get to take home to enjoy. When you see someone personally taking pride in a product, it makes it that much more enjoyable. Also, items sold at the farmer’s market are generally healthier in at least one respect. If you go for organic, free range or crave simple ingredients free of additives, you are bound to find what you are looking for at one of the farmer’s markets.
Many local chefs set up shop to sell gourmet eats. You can often find crepes, pastries, BBQ, salads, and other types of foods that are available to grab and go.
No matter what area you live in, check out the local farmer’s market! With over six thousand farmers in San Diego County, there is an abundance of fresh produce, gorgeous seasonal flowers, and many other items available almost every day of the week. For a full list of farmer’s markets in San Diego County, see here.
Jessie Marchese is a native San Diegan with love for health, wellness and good eats. See her lifestyle blog here: www.haveyourcakeandeat.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.