Have I told you how much I love farmers markets? I LOVE LOVE LOVE farmers markets!!! Growing up in Vietnam, my mom took me to the market just about every day. The reason? Most Vietnamese people are poor and do not own a fridge. We grew accustomed to cooking with incredibly fresh ingredients, whether it is just butchered meat, fish caught from a nearby river, or locally grown produce so I appreciate the products offered at farmers markets. Vu and I spent Saturday morning at the Little Italy Mercato. Spanning 3 blocks, it has just about everything. Local farms showcase their organic fruits, vegetables, and gorgeous flowers. Food vendors offer everything from coffee, fresh juice, crepes, French and Greek pastries, pizza, panini, to fresh oysters and sea urchins. You can also find honey, fresh pasta, tea, chocolate, and other gourmet products. Two more things that I particularly love about the Little Italy Mercato are local musicians serenading us while we stroll through the market and no restriction on our furry friends coming along. We cannot wait to bring Betsy next time! The Little Italy Mercato is definitely the best farmers market in San Diego!
San Diego farmers market
After years of living in San Diego, Vu and I finally made it to the Hillcrest Farmers Market. What a hidden gem! It has an amazing assortment of fruits, produce, flowers, arts and crafts. Let’s not forget the food vendors. You can find anything from Russian blinis, Thai spring rolls,sambussas, gyros, fish tacos, fresh oysters and sea urchins to gluten free pastries to satisfy your growling stomach. The sea urchin got my attention! I have never seen one splitted opened while the spiny halves are still moving. Unfortunately, they were sold out when I got to the front of the line. Next time! My disappointment soon dissipated as I moved onto the fruit and vegetable stalls. Even though summer is over, everything looked fresh and ready to be transformed into an amazing meal. I was ecstatic to find something I have been searching for a long time–squash blossoms and passion fruits! I spent a fortune but it was worth every penny. The Hillcrest Farmers Market has become one of my favorites, among Pike Place Market in Seattle and St. Lawrence Market in Toronto! It was a perfect way to spend a beautiful Sunday.