By: Elisa Boorman
On any given day of the week, you can find a lively farmer’s market in San Diego with vendors selling their art, clothing, fresh produce, and delicious treats. A stand-out favorite is the Saturday farmer’s market in Little Italy. Every Saturday from 8am to 2pm, over 140 certified vendors line Date St. in Little Italy stretching from Kettner Blvd. all the way up to State St.
This is one mercato where you’ll want to take your time. I suggest you literally stop to smell the roses, because the views of the harbor make your organic strawberry crepe taste that much sweeter. I always base my farmer’s markets on a number of factors, an important one being the variety of food/drink samples.
Perhaps it’s because Italians love to eat, but vendors tend to be extra generous around these parts. Some of my personal favorites include: Zeb’s, Bitchin’ Sauces, Bread & Cie, PB Peanut Butter, and Berkeley Pizza. The crowd’s diverse demographic is friendly and inviting, welcoming families, people young and old, and pooches of all kinds.
Added bonus: live music can be heard at every corner, and is highly danceable. Listen for the Latin sounds of Todo Mundo or the Brazilian Duo, and keep your eyes peeled for Smilin Jack’s pearly whites.
Mangia Bene, eat well!
Edited by: Dawn-Renee Rice
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