America’s finest city is renowned for its near-perfect climate, incredible scenery, and year-round growing season. One of the best ways to experience San Diego’s fresh and delicious produce is to scope out your local farmers’ market. With so many farms, orchards, and greenhouses around, you can bet your bottom dollar that the goods you will find are nothing short of top-notch. Whether you are looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses and breads, or handmade crafts, there is a market in town that is sure to meet your needs. If you are ready for a fun-filled day out, grab your reusable bag and check out our picks for the best farmers markets in San Diego.
Little Italy Mercato
Known for its incredible restaurants, it is no surprise that countless eateries source their ingredients here. With over 200 vendors, you are guaranteed to find something to tickle your taste buds. Little Italy Mercato is open every Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and features stalls selling a wide variety of vegetables, seafood, and baked goods. In addition to the food vendors, the market also features local artists and live music, creating an all-around festive and vibrant atmosphere.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
This market is the OG of San Diego farmers markets, and it is just as fresh and fabulous as the Hillcrest neighborhood itself. Swing by any Sunday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm (even on Christmas and New Year’s weekend) and peruse more than 175 vendors selling everything from printed tees to handmade soaps and jewelry. The market also offers an array of food options, including tacos, crepes, and fresh-squeezed juices. With its friendly vendors and live entertainment, the Hillcrest Farmers Market is a great place to spend a Sunday morning.
Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers Market
Open every Tuesday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers Market is the ultimate outdoor grocery store. Despite its size, the market offers a great selection of locally sourced produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, meats, cheeses and herbs. The market also features live music and a beer and wine garden, making it a fun place to spend a Tuesday afternoon.
North Park Thursday Market
With more than 80 vendors showcasing their products every week, visitors will be able to find all of their San Diego favorites here, including Bitchin’ Sauce, The Bread Barn Artisan Bread Company, and a medley of delicious locally sourced, organic produce. The atmosphere is unmatched, with live music and a community vibe that is hard to beat. Not to mention, you can experience live cooking demos by top chefs from North Park’s finest eateries. Stop by every Thursday between 30th Street and Utah and enjoy the best that North Park has to offer!
La Jolla Open Aire Market
The La Jolla Open Aire Market is not your typical farmers market—it is a unique community-driven event where all proceeds go to La Jolla Elementary. You can feel good about shopping here, knowing that your purchase is funding school improvements and programs like art, music, library, and technology for the kids. The market was founded by Sherry Ahern, a former La Jolla Elementary mom and community supporter, to help fund the school’s first library. Featuring over 120 vendors, the La Jolla Open Aire Market is a great spot to stop by and take a stroll with the family.
Coronado Farmers Market
If you are looking for a picturesque farmers market in San Diego, the Coronado Farmers Market should be on the top of your list. Held every Thursday from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm by the Ferry Landing, this is your opportunity to grab some locally grown produce, freshly cut flowers, and delicious hot food options. You can even make a day of it and take a stroll along the waterfront or visit the nearby boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants.