Getting the right stuff

Getting farm-fresh organic produce is easy ... if you know where to look.

by Randl Rupar
hroughout San Diego county, local farmer's markets have become a mecca for those following the gourmet mantra "fresh is best." Held once a week in a number of communities, these open-air markets offer an abundance of locally-grown, seasonally-fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Once your taste buds have sampled the difference between locally-grown foods and those from the supermarket produce bin, you are sure to become a devotee of the farmer's market.
The following is a list of certified farmer's markets. One word of caution: not all items displayed are organically grown; be sure to ask about the vendor's growing practices before purchasing.
Community       Day   Time         Location

Carlsbad Wedn 3pm-6pm Roosevelt St. between Grand Ave. & Carlsbad Village Dr. Chula Vista Thur 3:30pm-6pm 3rd Ave. between E St. & F St. Coronado Tues 2:30pm-6pm Corner of 1st & B St., old ferry landing Del Mar Sat 1pm-4pm Camino Del Mar at 10th St. Escondido Tue 3:30pm-7pm Grand & Broadway Kensington Sun 10am-2pm El Cajon Blvd. at Marlborough St. Mission Valley Thur 2pm-6:30pm Mission Valley Center, south parking lot Ocean Beach Wed 4pm-7pm 4900 block of Newport Ave. Oceanside Thur 9:30am-Noon Corner of North Hill & 3rd St. Pacific Beach Sat 8am-Noon Mission Blvd, betweeh Reed St. and Pacific Beach Drive Vista Sat 8am-11am Corner of Eucalyptus St. and Escondido Ave.