Eat Seasonally & Eat Local: Local Farmer's Markets to Explore

We are big believers in buying and eating local for a variety of reasons:

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1. To eat seasonally (eating more fruits and vegetables that are currently in harvesting season). Eating seasonally adds good variety to our diets, is beneficial to the environment, often tastes better, is fresher, and is usually more economic. Eating what is currently being grown and harvested is much cheaper to produce and purchase than buying produce that is out of season. Produce that is out of season can be more difficult to grow, must be shipped for long distances, and is usually more expensive. 

2. To support the local economy. 

Purchasing from farmer's markets supports local vendors and growers. You can also often meet the farmers who grow your food. This can help cultivate a better relationship and consciousness of what you nourish your body with.  You can also feel that your money is not going to a big and  greedy food corporation, but to hard working people that you can actually meet. Farmer's markets can also be less costly than grocery stores. 

3. To reduce our environmental footprint/impact. 

Purchasing local means less carbon emissions since the produce does not have to travel as far. It also means supporting small growers who are often certified organic or use organic practices to grow their produce. Organic practices are more sustainable, less-intensive on the land, and they reduce toxin and pesticide exposure to farmers and yourself. So not only is organic better for the earth, but better for your health. 

There is usually little to no packaging at farmer's markets, which also makes it less wasteful and less resource-intensive as grocery stores. Just be sure to bring some reusable bags!


Here are some nearby farmer's markets that are closest to us. The best farmer's markets tend to be on Saturdays and Sundays! For a complete list of all the farmer's markets in Orange County, click on the link at the bottom of the page. 

 

Wednesdays

Old Capistrano

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El Camino Real/ Forster & Yorba St. in SJC

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

Saturdays

The New Dana Point

Pacific Coast Hwy & Golden Lantern

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Laguna Beach

Lumberyard parking lot- adj. to City Hall

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Sundays

San Clemente Village

Avenida Del Mar & Seville

9:00 AM - 1:00 pm

Laguna Niguel

27241 La Paz Rd.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Newport Beach

Base of Newport Pier

McFadden Square

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Great Park

Sand Canyon/Marine Way in Irvine

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For more information and other farmer's market locations in Orange County, click here.