The best Saturdays of my summer start with a walk down to the farmer’s market. I’m in San Diego this weekend but that doesn’t mean I have to give up my Saturday ritual. Today I visited The Little Italy Mercato. This farmer’s market has more than 80 stalls filled with the best of southern California produce including artichokes, avocados, oranges and mission figs. In addition to the local produce there are farm fresh eggs, cheeses, crepes, olive oils, nuts, pastry, pasta and live music.
The hardest part of visiting a farmer’s market on vacation? Not being able to buy and cook any of the local fruits and vegetables. I consoled myself by finding a few treats that I could pack or ship home. From Bread & Cie I bought two packages of biscotti, Roasted Hazelnut & Mocha and Pecan & Orange.
Love wine? Dream of owning a vineyard? Maness Vineyards & Casi Cielo Farm sells a “make your own wine or vineyard kit” — buy a grapevine, plant, wait.
I couldn’t leave this market with biscotti as my only souvenir. In addition to fresh farm eggs and chickens, Descanso Valley Ranch sells antique Chinese egg baskets from the Shandong Province. They ship, I bought.
For more photos visit my Flickr set San Diego’s Little Italy’s Farmer’s Market.