In the vibrant communities of South Orange County, California, the lifestyle is one marked by an appreciation for the outdoors, a love for the community, and a penchant for fresh, local fare. As a real estate agent in this thriving locale, it's my pleasure to guide new residents to the local farmers markets where the essence of Southern California comes to life in a beautiful melange of colors, flavors, and neighborly connections.
South Orange County is home to several farmers markets, each with its own unique flair and an abundant offering of fresh produce, artisanal foods, and handcrafted goods. Here’s a glimpse into some of the local favorites, along with their timings, to make your weekends a tad more flavorful, and a lot more local.
San Clemente Certified Farmers Market
- Location: 200 block of Avenida Del Mar.
- Time: Every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Dana Point Farmers Market
- Location: La Plaza Park, Pacific Coast Highway near Golden Lantern.
- Time: Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Laguna Beach Certified Farmers Market
- Location: 521 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Lumberyard Parking Lot, across from the Lumberyard shopping center, a few blocks from the beach.
- Time: Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Corona del Mar Farmers’ Market
- Location: Intersection of Marguerite and Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.
- Time: Saturdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Newport Beach Certified Farmer's Market
- Location: 104 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663, right next to Newport Pier.
- Time: Sundays, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Lido Village Artisan Market
- Location: Off of Via Lido at Via Oporto, Newport Beach.
- Time: Sundays, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Great Park Certified Farmers Market
- Location: The Great Park, Marine Way off Sand Canyon, Irvine, CA.
- Time: Sundays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Irvine Regional Park Farmers Market
- Location: 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869, inside of Irvine Regional Park at the far east end of Jamboree Road.
- Time: Every Tuesday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Kaiser Permanente Irvine Farmers Market
- Location: In front of the medical office building at 6670 Alton Parkway.
- Time: Weekly, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Irvine Farmers Market
- Location: Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive.
- Time: Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
A little inland but worth every mile, the Irvine Farmers Market is a haven for food enthusiasts. With an extensive range of organic produce, fresh flowers, and gourmet foods, it’s a foodie’s paradise where the spirit of community shines through every transaction.
Laguna Niguel Farmers Market
- Location: Plaza De La Paz Shopping Center.
- Time: Sundays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
At the heart of Laguna Niguel, this farmers market is a Sunday staple for the locals. With a well-rounded variety of fresh produce, baked delights, and handmade crafts, it’s a place where the simplicity and goodness of farm-fresh offerings meet the charm of South Orange County.
As someone who deeply appreciates the local culture and the incredible offerings of Southern California’s agriculture, guiding homebuyers to these local gems is more than just a part of my job; it's a passion. Each of these markets not only supports our local farmers and artisans but also fosters a sense of community that’s hard to find elsewhere.
South Orange County’s farmers markets are more than just places to buy vegetables. They are weekly rendezvous where you can rub elbows with neighbors, meet the hands that harvest the food on your table, and revel in the delightful ambiance that only a local farmers market can provide. Plus, there’s nothing like the taste of a freshly picked California avocado, or the scent of locally grown lavender to make a house feel like a home.
Whether you’re a newcomer to the area or a long-time resident, a visit to these farmers markets is a delightful way to spend a weekend morning, and a beautiful reminder of the simple pleasures that come with living in South Orange County. So, the next time you find yourself free on a weekend morning, why not take a leisurely stroll down the farmers market? Your taste buds, and your sense of community, will thank you.