The Ultimate Orange County Farmers' Market Guide

Looking to eat a little healthier and support local farmers at the same time? Orange County may be a bustling area filled with businesses and traffic, but it still lives up to its name with delicious produce growing year-round. For those who don't want to get their produce from the chain grocery stores, there are many other options!

Check out this list of the best places to find local produce in Orange County.

Farmers' Market Locations
There are many Farmers' Markets in Orange County, most of which are held 1-2 days a week.

Irvine at the Great Park - every Sunday the Farmers' Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies as well as artisan grown products and food trucks. Also, check out their other weekend events.

Costa Mesa at the OC Fairgrounds- every Saturday and Sunday except during Fair Season (usually mid-July to mid-August). Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner to make sure he/she actually grows the commodity being sold.
Dana Point- every 2nd Saturday of the month at the La Plaza Park, selling local and organic produce as well as unique products from Dana Point businesses and arts and crafts vendors.

Surf City Nights - Huntington Beach- Tuesday nights come alive in HB on Main Street with the OC's largest weekly street fair and certified farmers' market. Over 90 vendors offer crafts, furniture, art, food, and more.

Laguna Beach- Saturday mornings, Laguna Beach hosts a farmers market at Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue.

Newport Beach Pier- held on Sunday mornings and close to the famous Dory fish market and beachfront shops and restaurants, this market is a staple for locals and a reason to make Newport Beach a Sunday destination.

Orange- Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market Saturdays in Old Towne Orange offer dozens of different kinds of fruits and veggies as well as nuts, eggs, mushrooms, and more. Enjoy free coffee while you shop.

Orange- Irvine Regional Park offers a Tuesday morning market certified by the Orange County Farm Bureau.

San Juan Capistrano- Wednesdays year-round, this fair is held at El Camino Real & Yorba Street in the heart of SJC. Over 30 vendors sell farm-fresh foods. Try the bread, olives, eggs, and hummus!

Santa Ana- Sundays in Downtown Santa Ana, this market is chef-driven and brings high-quality produce at a low price.

San Clemente- Held in the 200 block of Avenida Del Mar Dr., this market takes place rain or shine on Sunday mornings and offers tons of organic produce. Try the honey, bread, and pre-prepared foods for a tasty treat.

Tustin - every Wednesday, this market is on the corner of El Camino Real and 3rd Street and features tons of fruit and nut vendors as well as snacks like churros.

Yorba Linda- Crafters, Food Vendors and Certified Farmers. Featuring produce grown naturally or organically, honey, flowers, eggs.

First time going to a farmers' market? Learn how to save while shopping there here! Learn how to haggle, and what products are easier to get at a discount.

Since fall is upon us, don't miss these great fall veggies and fruits you may not have thought to buy!

Whether you go for the people-watching, the great produce, or both; you are sure to have a great time at the farmers market!

Author Aimee Engebretson is a lifelong resident of Orange County, and enjoys going to the Tustin Farmers' Market whenever possible. Her favorite farmers' market snack is hummus and pita chips.

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