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Saturday Morning at the San Diego Farmers' Market

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

I love a good Farmers' Market. It is the healthiest way to start your menu planning for the week. When I am traveling, I always try to shop at the markets. They are a great place for to get healthy snacks and a light meal. Farmers' Markets give you great perspective on how and what people eat. Food is an integral part of a place's culture, and farmer's markets take you to the source.

Every Saturday from 8:00 am till 2:00 pm, W. Date Street between Kettner Blvd. and Union St. is shut down to make space for the colorful tents of the Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market. People from throughout the city gather to shop, sip and taste the crafts, gourmet foods and fresh produce from more than 100 vendors.

Don't forget your Tote Bag and Walking Shoes. I love this Tote Bag by Lands End, I use it as a carry-on bag as well as a shopping tote and even a beach bag. The thick soles of these Ecco Sandals allow you to walk on comfortably all day on cobblestones.

Little Italy is a vibrant, pedestrian friendly neighborhood in downtown San Diego. It is home to trendy cocktail bars, art galleries, cafes with busy patio dining and the Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market. The buildings and streets of Little Italy have a rich history. In the 1920's, they were home to more than 6000 families of Italian decent. These families came to the United States to work in San Diego's booming tuna business. They planted their roots, built European inspired piazzas and opened Italian Markets and Restaurants.

Throughout the 20th and 21st century the neighborhood ebbed and flowed with the growth and changes in San Diego. Today, it is a thriving, urban neighborhood that is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the people who founded it. They have festivals, concerts and events scheduled throughout the year and they host the Saturday Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market.

Baked goods, fresh meat, seafood, olive oils and Kombucha are just some of the gourmet delights available for purchase at the Farmers' Market. Who can resist these delicious looking cookies so artfully displayed. I am always a sucker for the plant and flower vendors. They are a colorful addition to any farmers' market. Oysters are always a good idea, even at 9:00 am on Saturday Morning.

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