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Kids Free in San Diego This October

With a year-round growing season and plenty of consistent sunshine, it stands to reason San Diego has the potential to produce a wealth of agricultural product. However, travelers might be surprised to learn that the region is in fact home to more than 6,500 farms, and agriculture is the region"s fourth largest industry. In fact, San Diego County has more small farms than any other county in the nation.

Given the high cost of land and water in Southern California, San Diego farmers have learned to specialize in valuable niche crops. Compared with other American counties, San Diego is the top producer of avocados and second in terms of acreage devoted to guavas, pomegranates, limes, and macadamias. San Diego also is number three in honey production, number five in lemons, number nine in strawberries and ranked tenth in number of egg-laying hens.

Visitors can sample these wares fresh from the farm at San Diego farmers markets held daily in neighborhoods throughout the county. These certified markets specialize in showcasing produce from regional farmers and tasty treats from artisans around the region. Mingle with the locals and meet the farmers while you nibble on sweet, ripe fruit, listen to live music, stroll through colorful booths and sample San Diego's delicious lifestyle. At some markets, cooks whip up crepes, kettle corn and tamales; vendors sell garlic-stuffed olives, olive oil, cheese and honey, all prepared locally.

At many farmers markets you'll also find local artisans and crafts people selling everything from handmade soaps, jewelry, art, textiles, pottery, photography and other carefully crafted treasures.

On Almost Any Given Day...

On Tuesday afternoons, cross the bridge into charming Coronado, where beautiful views of San Diego bay are complemented by the quaint small town vibe and fresh produce at the Coronado Farmers Market. Wednesday evenings, farmers congregate at the Ocean Beach Certified Farmers Market where their bounty is paired with live bands, art vendors and llama rides in a laid-back beach town where the Summer of Love never ended.

Come Thursday afternoon, head to San Diego's hippest neighborhood, North Park, for the North Park Farmers Market. Here you'll find hipsters and urbane young families shopping for grass-fed beef, pastured chickens and the best produce local farmers have to share. Then, on Saturday morning, hit up the Little Italy Mercato and sample "la dolce vita" with a cup of espresso from Joes on the Nose, while you peruse more than four blocks of local vendors ranging from artisan-cured meats to fresh, live uni from the water off Point Loma.

On Sunday mornings, choose between the huge, colorful Hillcrest Farmers Market where food vendors, artisans and farmers draw big crowds and the seaside La Jolla Open Aire Market where residents of upscale La Jolla flock for fresh produce, cut flowers and more.

No matter what time of year or what day of the week you visit San Diego, head to the market; the region's farmers will be there to tempt your taste buds and share with you the amazing riches of San Diego's agricultural output.

For more information about farmers markets around San Diego County, visit the San Diego County Farm Bureau website. Days and times are subject to change.

Here are the locations and schedules for all San Diego's farmers markets:

Coronado Island

Coronado Certified Farmers Market
Tuesday: 2:30 to 6:00 PM
Ferry Landing
1st & B
Coronado, CA 92118

Downtown / Gaslamp Area

Dockside Fish Market
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fish Harbor Pier (near Tuna Harbor, between USS midway & Seaport Village) Open-Air fish market featuring pop-up canopies, tables & lots of Fresh local catches for sale
San Diego, CA 92101

City Heights Market
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
On Wightman St. between Fairmount and 43rd Street
San Diego, CA 92125

Gaslamp Quarter - Third Ave Certified Farmers Market and Asian Bazaar
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
400 block of Third Ave. between Island Ave and J Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Golden Hill
Saturday: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
B Street between 27th and 28th
San Diego, CA 92105

Horton Square Certified Market
Thursday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (March - October)
225 Broadway, south side of building at Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101

Little Italy Mercato
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Cedar St (between Kettner & State Streets)
San Diego, CA 92101

Point Loma Certified Farmers Market
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
2900 block of Cannon St., between Rosecrans & Shafter
San Diego, CA 92106

Hillcrest / Uptown Neighborhoods

Hillcrest Farmers Market
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
3960 Normal Street at Lincoln (Adjacent to the DMV)
San Diego, CA 92103

North Park Farmers Market
Thursday: 3:00 to 7:00 pm
Herman Street between University and North Park Way
San Diego, CA 92104

La Jolla Neighborhood

La Jolla Open Aire Market
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
1111 Marine St, (SW Corner of La Jolla Elementary School)
Girard and Genter
La Jolla, CA 92037

UCSD/La Jolla CFM at the Price Center
Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Closed 3rd week of June through 3rd week of September and 2nd week of December through 1st week of January
9500 Gilman Dr. Next to the UCSD bookstore on Lyman Lane and Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093

UTC Certified Farmers Market
Thursday: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Westfield UTC Mall
3950 Berino (at Doyle Elementary)
San Diego, CA 92122

Mission Bay and Surrounding Beach Neighborhoods

Ocean Beach Certified Farmers Market and Wednesday Night Out
Wednesday: 4:00 to 7:00 PM (October - March)
Wednesday: 5:00 to 8:00 PM (April - December)
4900 block of Newport between Cable & Bacon
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

Pacific Beach Certified Farmers Market
Saturday: 8:00 AM to Noon
4150 Mission Blvd between Reed & Pacific Beach Blvd.
Pacific Beach, CA 92109

Pacific Beach Tuesday Certified Farmers Market
Tuesday: 2:00 to 7:00 PM
Bayard St. from Garnet Ave. to Hornblend St.
San Diego, CA 92109

Mission Valley and Old Town Neighborhoods

Kearny Mesa Certified Farmers Market
Friday: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
5898 Copley Drive
San Diego, CA 92111

Linda Vista Certified Farmers Market
Thursday: 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Linda Vista Plaza Shopping Center
6939 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111

South Bay San Diego Region

Chula Vista Certified Famers' Market
Thursday: 3:00 to 7:00 PM (April - October)
Thursday: 3:00 to 6:00 PM (November - March)
Downtown Chula Vista at Center St. and Third Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Chula Vista - Otay Ranch Certified Farmers' Market
Tuesday: 4:00 to 8:00 PM (Winter until 7:00 PM)
2015 Birch Road and Eastlake Blvd.
Chula Vista, CA 91915

Silver Strand Farmers Market
Friday: Noon to 7:30 PM (April - September)
Friday: Noon to 6:00 PM (October - March)
Portwood Pier Plaza
10 Evergreen Ave
Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Southeast San Diego Peoples Produce Certified Market
Saturday: 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Just West of the Euclid Trolley Station
4981 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102

East County San Diego Region

Alpine Certified Famers Market
Tuesday: 3:00 to 7:00 PM
1929 Arnold Way (Arnold & Tavern)
Alpine, CA 92004

Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market
Friday: 8:00 AM to Noon, November - April
Christmas Circle - 700 Palm Canyon Drive and Borrego Springs Road
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

La Mesa Village Certified Farmers Market
Friday: 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Date Avenue and University Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941

Rancho San Diego Farmers Market
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cuyamaca College Lot 4
Fury Lane and Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92019

Santee Farmers Market
Wednesday: 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:00 to 6:00 PM (Winter)
9608 Carlton Hills Blvd. (corner of Mast & Carlton Hills Blvd)
Santee, CA 92071

San Diego North County Coastal Region

Carlsbad State Street Farmers' Market
Wednesday: 3:00 to 7:00 PM
State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Del Mar Farmers Market and Food Court
Saturday: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
1050 Camino Del Mar (Between 10th & 11th Streets)
Del Mar, CA 92014

Encinitas Station Certified Farmers Market
Wednesday: 5:00 to 8:00 PM (May - September)
Wednesday: 4:00 to 7:00 PM (October - April)
Corner of Vulcan and E Street in the parking lot of the Pacific Station Amtrak Station
620 Vulcan
Encinitas, CA 92024

Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers Market and Art Fair
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Paul Ecke Elementary
185 Union Street (at Vulcan)
Encinitas, CA 92024

Oceanside Certified Farmers Market & Faire
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Pier View Way & Coast Hwy 101
Oceanside, CA 92054

Oceanside Sunset Market
Thursday: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Tremont and Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

Oceanside Tri-City Medical Center
Thursday 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

Pacific Highlands Certified Farmers Market
Thursday: 3:30 to 7:00 PM
Canyon Crest Academy
5951 Village Center Loop
San Diego, CA 92130

Rancho Santa Fe Farmers' Market
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Del Rayo Village
16079 San Dieguito Road
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Solana Beach Farmers Market
Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
410 South Cedros Avenue at Rosa Street
Solana Beach, CA 92075

San Diego North County Inland Region

Bonsall Certified Farmers Market and Open Air Faire
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bonsall Elementary School
31555 Old River Road
Bonsall, CA 92003

Escondido Certified Farmers' Market
Tuesday: 2:30 to 6:00 PM
262 Grand & Juniper
Escondido, CA 92025

Fallbrook Certified Farmers Market
Friday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Corner of Main and Alvarado
102 South Main Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Mira Mesa Farmers Market
Tuesday: 2:30 to 7:00 PM
Mira Mesa High School
10510 Reagan Road
San Diego, CA 92126

North San Diego (Sikes Adobe) Certified Farmers Market
Sunday: 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
12655 Sunset Drive
Escondido, CA 92025

Poway Farmers Market and Faire
Saturday: 8:00 to 11:30 AM
14134 Midland Road at Temple Street
Poway, CA 92074

Poway - Alliant International University
Thursday: 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Southwest of Accounts Payable and Student Business Services Building
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131

Ramona Certified Farmers Market
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
1855 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065

Rancho Bernardo Certified Farmers Market & Specialties
Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bernardo Winery
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego, CA 92128

San Marcos - Old California Restaurant Row Thursday: 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
1020 W. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92078

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and Family Festival
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road
10380 Spring Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92131

Vista Farmers Market
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
County Courthouse
325 South Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92081

Welk Certified Farmers Marketplace (Escondido)
Monday: 1:00 to 5:00 PM (Winter)
Monday: 3:00 to 7:00 PM (Summer)
8860 Lawrence Welk Drive
Escondido, California 92026

For more information about farmers markets around San Diego County, visit the San Diego County Farm Bureau website. Days and times are subject to change.

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