Orange County has over 30 farmer’s markets–that means that any day of the week you feel like going to a farmer’s market, there’s one for you (except on Mondays, we admit). Farmers Markets are a fantastic way to support local farmers and vendors, spend time with your community, and make healthy food a staple of your family’s diet. With beautiful weather almost year round, we are lucky to have “rain or shine” markets, which typically really only “shine.” The OC Farmers’ Bureau has only certified 8 of the markets in the area, and the Tustin Certified Farmers Market is one of them!
Tustin Certified Farmers Market
El Camino and 3rd (Old Town Tustin)
Have you ever tried a coffee-infused barbecue sauce? If you haven’t, don’t worry–any Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. head to the Farmers Market on El Camino and 3rd. There is a dedicated free parking lot for patrons. With rave reviews about the kettle corn, fresh fruit, beefsteak tomatoes, and free cookies for kids, there’s something to be tasted or tried for everyone! Many of the same vendors who attend the larger Irvine Farmers market can be found at the Tustin Farmers Market–but in a smaller setting (around 40 vendors total) and maybe closer to home! More and more of the vendors are certified organic, but prices remain reasonable.
Orange Home Grown Inc.
304 N. Cypress St., Orange
This market, created in 2011, is “food-focused,” emphasizing fresh, local produce over crafts and art. Orange Home Grown is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. They accept CalFresh and Market Match. A portion of the market’s area is donated every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Chapman University, as well as complimentary coffee and pastries (get there early to not miss out!). But their work goes far beyond the Saturday morning market. They put on educational events such as chicken coop and farm tours, Market to Table fundraising dinners, and Master Food Preservers talks. Find out more here.
The Fullerton Market
Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue, Fullerton
Looking for an evening market? The Fullerton Market not only has fresh produce, but beer, wine and hot meals. Do your grocery shopping, and have dinner and a drink while you’re at it! Open April through November 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring the kids by in October for a costume contest and trick or treating, and in November, join in autumnal celebrations with bobbing for apples and a pie-eating contest.
Find a full list of Orange County Farmers Markets here. As a local, family-owned business ourselves, we love that farmers markets provide local businesses a chance to come together and thrive. Questions about your small business insurance? Call BMR Insurance today at 714-838-1911.