Living in North County San Diego, I can’t even express how lucky we are to have access to farmers’ markets almost every day of the week. Every market has it’s own specialty items that make shoppers like me plan my grocery list around all of the different vendors.
This is a typical lineup of markets throughout the week in North County:
- Tuesday- Escondido and La Jolla/UCSD
- Wednesday- Downtown Carlsbad Village and Encinitas
- Thursday- Downtown Oceanside
- Friday- Fallbrook
- Saturday- Vista
- Sunday-Leucadia/ La Jolla/ Rancho Santa Fe
I try to shop at my regular grocery store Jimbo’s only once a week, because I tend to over buy if I make multiple trips to the store. On Saturdays, I get to go all out at my favorite farmers’ market- The Vista Farmers’ Market. In my opinion, it is the best in North County. It is the longest running market in San Diego and they have a wonderful mix of farmers (53 farmers in fact), artisans, bakers and cold and hot food vendors galore. I have it down to a system of what I typically buy on my Saturday morning market day. First off, I make sure to stock up on a gallon of Green Fix Smoothies, then buy my homemade Pizza, fruits from Sunny Tree Farms. Lastly we order breakfast, indulging on crepes from Cassie’s Crepes. I have to stay I really enjoy walking around the market and perusing to see if there are new vendors setting up shop. There are so many vendors I can’t even list them all but here is a brief list of the Vista Market VIV’s AKA “Very Important Vendors:”
These are just a couple of my favorites and many of the actual farmers selling produce do not have websites. This is a “must visit” when visiting or residing in North County. See you on Saturdays! I’ll be the one sitting under the crepe tent:)
The Vista Farmers’ Market is located at the San Diego County Courthouse
325 South Melrose Drive Vista, CA 92083
Hours 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
What are your favorite North County Weekend Indulgences?
Photo Credit: Vista Farmers Market