Dustin, Jordan and I decided to check out our local Farmers Market in 4S Ranch this week. We had high hopes it would be the Farmers Market we’ve been looking for. No, this isn’t an epic quest for the Farmers Market, but Dustin and I are really a little snobbish picky when it comes to choosing a Farmers Market.
You see, we moved to San Diego about 10 months ago and have been looking, on and off, ever since. In the past, we have been fortunate to partake in great Farmers Markets in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Ojai, California.
The Background: The Del Sur Farmers Market is hosted by the Del Sur Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for Del Sur Elementary School. Every Thursday, from 3 pm to 7 pm, the Del Sur Farmers Market is located on the corner of Camino del Norte and Lone Quail Rd. in San Diego.
According to their press release, the Del Sur Farmers Market opened just recently on May 13, 2010 and features over 70 vendors, including fresh produce from local farms, prepackaged food, fresh cut flowers, clothing and jewelry. There is also a “Kid’s Fun Zone” with face painters, a balloon artist and a bounce house. For more information on the Del Sur Farmers Market, you can go here.
The Review: Dustin and I had a great time at the Del Sur Farmers Market. Immediately upon arriving, we knew we would like it. The size of the market is great: there are several different fruit and vegetable vendors, which are our favorite part of Farmers Markets, as well as flower vendors, plant vendors, honey and cheese vendors, oh my. There’s even a live band to entertain you as you stroll about or eat your dinner. Plus, there were quite a few options of food to eat.
When we arrived, around 5 p.m., there was already a pretty good turn out, though it never felt too crowded, which was awesome. Unfortunately, the weather was a little misty and cold, so we had to leave sooner than we would have liked…but not before we bought a ton of great produce and ate a tasty dinner.
One of the vendors, ‘shroom Shack, had an impressive display of various types of mushrooms along with information for each type. Their selection was beautiful and they were very friendly.
They even gave me a sample Agaricus blazei mushroom to take home to try out in a recipe. Very cool! For more information on the ‘shroom Shack, you can go here. We wound up buying a mushroom medley and are very excited to saute them up as a side to some steak (yum).
We also stopped and spoke a bit with City Cupcakes, Behneman Farms and Dolce Pane and Vino, all of whom were very nice and had tasty treats.
I was very happy with the selection of different fruits and vegetables. Everything looked beautiful and fresh…just the way it should! We found all the vendors to be quite friendly and helpful. Plus, the prices were reasonable. We spent less than $30 and got all sorts of wonderful produce and dinner.
For dinner, we chose Bubba’s Asian BBQ because it smelled so tasty. We ordered a BBQ Tri Tip Sandwich and the Pulled Pork Soft Tacos with Mango Salsa and shared them. The Tri Tip Sandwich was delicious. One half of the bun had a garlic and shallot spread and the other half had a wasabi mayonnaise. Yum. The Pulled Pork Tacos came in a set of three and were very tasty as well. The sweet and tart mango salsa paired very well with the sweet, smoky pulled pork to create a very interesting depth of flavor. Though, the tacos were a little too spicy for Dustin’s tastes (so I ate most of them). We washed them all down with an ice cold Coke and moved on our merry way, happy mouths on fire and all. All in all, dinner was $11.
Here’s a sampling of what we brought home with us:
Verdict: If you love fresh, local produce, good people and great food, check out the Del Sur Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm. It’s a great way to eat healthier, support your local farmers and get to know your neighbors. What’s not to love with good Farmers Market staples like grilled corn on the cob, kettle corn and tasty fruit samples everywhere? I hope to see you out there!
Note for those of you who have children in strollers: our umbrella stroller had a hard time on the loose gravel and wood chips at the market. I’d recommend using either a more sturdy jogging stroller or a carrier instead.