Best Orange County Farmers Markets
If you are looking for some fresh air along with locally grown fruits and vegetables, then head over for a stroll through some of Irvine and Orange County's best farmers markets. When you shop from any of these vendors, you are not only supporting the local farmers’ community but you are also purchasing foods that have been harvested with care from genuine farmers. Within Irvine and in the surrounding areas of Orange County, there is a farmers market available almost every day of the week. Here are some for you and your family to enjoy.
Irvine Regional Park Certified Farmers Market
Open every Tuesday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, this farmers market is located inside of Irvine Regional Park. A visit to this farmers market means not only can you enjoy shopping for a variety of fresh fruit, garden-fresh vegetables, and other items but you can also enjoy the Irvine Regional Park in its entirety. This 160-acre park includes a lake, a zoo, train and pony rides. Picnic tables are also available if you want to relax and have a light snack or lunch after your shopping trip. For an added bonus, parking is complimentary for guests attending the market. For updates and more information about the farmers market and everything happening at Irvine Regional Park please visit their website.
Irvine Farmers Market
The Irvine Farmers Market located at Mariners Church is open every Saturday beginning at 8:00 AM. You can conveniently purchase all of your weekly needs as this farmers market boasts a huge selection of vendors. From organic fruits and vegetables to prepared food and desserts, this expansive market is one of the biggest in Irvine. You’ll be able to acquire some of your favorite ingredients at this market such as Asian produce, free-range meats, specialty mushrooms, vinegars and oils, and teas. Try macaroons at the French bakery or discover some of the new artisanal cheeses, yogurts, and jams. A small selection of goods such as baby items, jewelry, and clothes are also available.
Tanaka Farms Market
For a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, take advantage of the walk-up and drive-thru produce market stand at Tanaka Farms Market. Open daily from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, an assortment of fruits, vegetables, jams, and nuts are available to pick up from the convenience of your car. Also available are baked goods by the slice or loaf, chips and salsa, and locally produced honey. Visit the website to place an online order for curbside pickup, get more information about events and tours, or to see a list of the current fruits and vegetables that are in season.
Tustin Certified Farmers Market
For midweek shopping, visit the charming Tustin Certified Farmers Market that is held every Wednesday in Old Town Tustin. This market offers cooked foods, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and other local goods. All vendors are certified, meaning that they are carefully inspected for quality to ensure that they are producing each product they bring to the market. Visit their Facebook page for photos, directions, and more.
Costa Mesa Farmers Market
On Thursdays, Costa Mesa Farmers Market is open from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds which offers plenty of parking. Locals love the ease of navigating this outdoor market that offers a medley of fresh berries, root vegetables, breads, and pantry items. Whether you’re interested in a selection of plants from a local nursery, gourmet tamales, or nut and nut butters, this market features a collection of high quality items from friendly, knowledgeable vendors.
Mile Square Farmers Market
Offering a range of goods such as farm fresh eggs, delicious baked goods, and in season fruits and vegetables, Mile Square Farmers Market is located at Freedom Hall in Mile Square Regional Park and is open on Fridays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Because this farmers market is located inside of Mile Square Regional Park, there are plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy after a day at the market. This spacious park features a walking path, pond, volleyball court and a kids’ playground.
Laguna Beach Farmers Market
Start your morning at this market with a fresh juice, coffee, or tea and then go on to explore any of the many vendors that provide a tasty selection of fruit and vegetables.The Laguna Beach Farmers Market, open on Saturdays offers many specialty items such as herbs and spices, pure raw honey, fresh flowers and handmade goods. Kitchen staples such as baked goods, eggs and nuts are also available at this farmers market.