One of the best ways to celebrate the season is by visiting one of our local Farmers Markets (we have 15 in Ventura County!). Indulge yourself with the seasonal bounty while supporting our local farmers!
The Farmers Market is more than just filling up your bag with farm fresh goodies…it’s ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE!
How to take your “market” experience up a few notches:
Prior to going, dig up a seasonal recipe you’ve been dying to try…make a list, select, prepare and enjoy! Autumn bounty is so versatile. Make that jam, roast up a melange of root vegetables or simmer that butternut squash soup. Or just bite into that juicy apple!
Or wing it…and get inspired once there!
Go early! Arrive before the market opens. Observe the vendors setting up. The veggies and fruit are piled high, virtually untouched and displayed beautifully! Bonus: it’s not so crowded!
Bring along your favorite Farmers Market bag or basket (the cuter the better!). I love the Weekender Tote in vibrant patterns from our local Ventura designer: MidiQueen
A tip: walk the whole market before you buy. Familiarize yourself. After going to the market a few times…you will have your favorite booths!
Make it a date with your mate. First by selecting produce and then later by cooking together! Better yet, make it a weekly ritual starting with a breakfast date at a fav spot.
BRING THE KIDDOS
Take the kids! It’s never too early to teach your kiddos to appreciate fresh produce. Get them involved. Engage them by letting them be a part of the meal planning. Who knows…you just might inspire a future chef!
Don’t rush through the market. Enjoy the experience. Savor by taking your time. Stop and smell the roses…literally. Better yet, buy a bundle!
Be on the lookout, you will almost always run into an old friend. Stop and catch up for a bit! Or…invite them for coffee.
WHAT A VARIETY!
Besides an array of fruits and vegetables, our Farmers Markets have flowers, plants, farm fresh eggs, nuts, dried fruit, herbs, cheeses, artisan breads, freshly squeezed juices, specialty meats sausages, freshly caught fish and so much more!
Take photos. Bring out the photographer in you by capturing vibrant and colorful images of flowers, fruits and veggies. Looking for the perfect photo op is a great way to see things you might have missed. TIP: the lighting for photos is optimum in the early morning.
Chat with others about how they use and prepare meals with that unfamiliar fruit/vegetable you’ve never seen. Those selling often have great tips…just ask!
Stop and listen to the musician. Dance. Music options change weekly. Don’t forget to leave a tip (especially for those sweet young sisters playing their violins)!
SIP & LINGER
Begin (or end) your experience with a lovely hot beverage from a nearby coffee cafe’ (opt for local over a chain).
A fav pit stop on my Saturday morning route in Ventura is Palermo, a popular hip yet low key coffeehouse Downtown. Choose “for here” over “to go”. Enjoy your drink out of a real cup instead of paper! Is your hot beverage lonely? Add a scone or muffin. Sit awhile outdoors at a bistro table or indoors on a cushy settee for two. Chat with a stranger. Make a friend. Buy the next person in line their drink and make someone smile!
Make it a weekly ritual! Saturday’s market is a wonderful way to begin every weekend.
-Pets not allowed at most markets
Most Popular Autumn Bounty: Winter Squash, Peppers, Greens (Lettuces, Kale, etc.), Apples, Figs, Persimmons, Sunflowers,
LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS IN THE 805:
Pacific View Mall
Main St (near Red Robin)
Camarillo Community Center parking lot
1605 E. Burnley Street
5th and C Street
The Collection at Riverpark
Oaks Shopping Center east parking lot
Ventura Community Park 901 South Kimball Road
Village at Moorpark Shopping Center
Miller Parkway and Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley Civic Center Plaza
2757 Tapo Canyon Rd.
(next to TGI Friday’s)
Santa Clara Ave. and Palm St.
9am-2pm Newbury Park Library parking lot
Borchard Road and Michael Drive
2220 Ventura Boulevard
County of Ventura Senior Nutrition Center parking lot
Old Town Calabasas Calabasas Road west of El Canon Avenue
(across from Sagebrush Cantina)
2797 Agoura Road
-OXNARD/CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR
2805 South Harbor Blvd.
300 E. Matilija
Try out another Farmers Market nearby! There’s something new to discover at each one!
Interested in joining a Local Produce Delivery program?
A wealth of info on Farmers Markets, Farm stands, Markets offering local produce and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and Local Delivery
When traveling, check out the local Farmers Markets at your destination. You’ll get a sense of the local flavor and grab something yummy too!
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