Baskets of Veggies
Maciel Family Farm (Bonsall, CA) had a huge selection of baskets, all $2 each. Options included squash, tomatoes, and beets.
Bunches of colorful carrots from Maciel Family Farms, stacked over 2 feet tall.
Baba Foods (always a favorite among those seeking samples) had a huge selection of flavored hummus and prepared salads. The pink flavor is beet, and it's delicious.
Beef Short Ribs
Gloriously fatty grass-fed beef short ribs from SonRise Ranch in Carmel Valley.
Brownies, scones, bars, and cookies from Sweet Lydia's.
Banana and Blueberry Bread
Fresh-baked loaves of banana and blueberry bread from Belen Artisan Bakers, both perked up with a blend of spices and a pinch of sea salt. $5.50-$6 each.
Carlsbad Aquafarm had shellfish on ice, including oysters (1 dozen for $10, or get 3 shucked for $5), mussels, and red ogo seaweed.
Corn, Pomegranates, and Garlic
Sweet summer corn, pomegranates, and garlic from Proios Family Farm in Murrieta.
Pick Up Some Peppers
Peppers and squash by the mini basket at Proios Family Farm.
The Quintos Farms booth also had these baskets of macadamia nuts.
Another item from the Quintos Farm: nopales! Quintos Farm is a must-visit booth at the market, especially if you're looking for cactus to eat.
Sweet summer raspberries from Kawano Produce in Oceanside.
Mini fruit pies from Under the Crust. These tiny pies were $2 each. Flavors included lemon, pecan, strawberry, chocolate and peanut butter, and apple crumble, which sold out quick.
Oils and Vinegars
Various oils and vinegars, infused with herbs, spices, and fruit from Bistro Blends. Samples were readily available. My pick: basil garlic parmesan oil.
Farm fresh eggs from Paradise Valley Ranch, one of several vendors offering eggs.
Baskets of passion fruit from R&L Farms ($4 a basket).
The Majestic Garlic booth had jars of raw, pickled garlic, garlic pastes, and sprouted hummus, which is made from uncooked beans so they're higher in protein. This is a must-try item.
Indigo Rose Tomatoes
Another unique item from Suzie's Farm: indigo rose tomatoes.
Taste Cheese had a tasty collection of goat cheese (among other options). The "Herbs d'Humboldt" with Herbes de Provence was excellent, but make sure you try the Miti Crema, a cream cheese made from sheep's milk.
Flavored olive oil from The California Olive, including basil, rosemary, and jalapeno. The booth also had avocado oil.
You can't miss the table of orchids right as you walk into the market with large plants and smaller varieties for sale.