By Gary Schwind

Farmers’ markets are great for numerous reasons. They are great places to buy fresh and tasty produce with better flavor than what you find at the supermarkets. On top of that, they are a great way to support local farmers and know the exact source of the food that you buy. They can also be more than just a market for buying food. No matter the reason you choose to go, these farmers’ markets are some of the best in Orange County.

Laguna Niguel Farmers’ Market
27271 La Paz Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
www.orangecounty.net/html/shop-produce.html#ln

This is a great market not only because of the number of vendors here but also because of the variety. At this market, you can find hot sauce, fresh fish and vegan food in addition to a wide array of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This is a great family environment with plenty of samples, which kids especially love. This market only closes for a couple holidays each year. Other than that it is open every Sunday from 8 until noon.

Huntington Beach Street Fair
315 3rd St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-8300
www.surfcitynights.com

There is a lot to like about the farmers’ market in Huntington Beach. For one, it is part of the street fair every week. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll also find craft vendors selling a variety of other things. Another thing to love about this farmers’ market is that it is certified, which means that you’re supporting California farmers when you buy your produce here. This is a good event for an evening stroll. The Huntington Beach Street Fair and is every Tuesday from 5 to 9 PM.

Garden Grove Farmers’ Market
Main Street between Garden Grove Boulevard and Acacia Parkway
Garden Grove, CA 92840
www.localharvestfarmersmarkets.com/historic-main-street

This farmers’ market on Historic Main Street provides a lot of reasons to visit. You’ll find a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other foods. This market also incorporates art and jewelry made by local artists. Entertainment is provided by local musicians as you shop. This farmers’ market is an all-inclusive outing. The Garden Grove farmers’ market is every Sunday from 9 until 2.

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San Juan Capistrano Farmers’ Market
Yorba Street between Camino Capistrano and El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-4700
www.sanjuanchamber.com/old-capistrano-certified-farmers-market

It’s hard to beat the setting of the San Juan Capistrano Farmers’ market, which is right by Mission San Juan Capistrano and the train station. In addition, it’s hard to beat the market itself. You’ll find plenty of vendors here selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as bread and other products, so you won’t have any trouble finding the things you like. This market is every Wednesday from 3 until 7. After you finish at the market, you can enjoy a stroll through downtown San Juan.

SOCO Farmers’ Market
3315 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.farmermark.com/soco

With its shops and restaurants, SOCO is a popular market at any time. Add to that a farmers’ market where you can find all your favorite fruits, vegetables, and additional products, and what you have is a great destination for spending the day. You’ll also find fresh comfort foods like empanadas at this market. This market is every Saturday from 9 until 2.

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