Do you go to farmers' markets?

Asked by Jane Belanger

June 8, 2011

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Lonnie Tielking

From Normal Heights (Nurse)

I go to the one here [in Normal Heights] and the one in North Park. The reason I come is the organic fruit. It’s fresh, it’s good, and you don’t see it everywhere. And then there’s an oyster guy who comes and brings great fresh fish. He brings lots of fresh oysters as well as all types of fresh fish. Shark, ceviche, all kinds of things.... I just mowed my lawn and I just wanted something as an afternoon pick-me-up. For three bucks I just got a great healthy drink and supported my community. See this here [points to kids playing softball] — that’s what you want. It keeps my neighborhood healthy.

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Omar Canales

From Oceanside (Security)

I live in Oceanside, so I go to the Sunset Market every Thursday. They’ve got a little stage there. I go for the music and for the steak sandwiches. It’s different bands every week — really, really cool. I’ve even got some video of it on my phone. People get up there and start dancing around. It’s a party!

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Tyler Hanson

From Ocean Beach (Studio Associate)

I went to the Ocean Beach one yesterday. I loved it. I haven’t really been to any of the other ones, but I think ours is probably the best because we have the best view. Where else can you go see the sunset on the beach and go to a farmers’ market? I try a different food every time I go. I meet people, talk to artists and growers. They have a lot of flower stands and produce stands. Sometimes there are musicians, too.... In the summer, the people just migrate into the bar. I like the fact that the people are part of a community. I feel a lot more comfortable spending my money with them than I would any other place.

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Jon Saewert

From Santee (Navy)

We go to the Santee farmers’ market. It’s small — it’s just starting out — but it’s gonna be big, and it’s going to be really nice. Right now we’ve got about 14 stands. We’ve got the stereotypical taco stand that made it out there for the debut. They got the jam stand; they’ve got some fruit. It’s nothing like the Little Italy one, I’m sure, but it’s a nice one. It’s mostly produce. We go and get a couple baskets of strawberries, some bell peppers, some oranges. We were excited when it started. We love those things! We go almost every week.A


I Am Stardirt June 10, 2011 @ 5:17 p.m.

Support local Farmers. They may be the last thing standing between us and starvation. Well them, and the pidgeons.


pinkshoes June 11, 2011 @ 9:42 a.m.

Does the reader publish the time and date of all the Farmer's Markets in the county? If not-then they should. :( I would like to be able to visit them all but it is difficult to find out when and where they are.

I was dismayed to see that the Normal Heights Farmer's Market is no more.


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