San Diego's newest farmers' market, may be the best one yet: an astounding feat, considering how extensive the existing markets are. Developers Catt White and Dale Steele hope the 92,000 square foot space in Barrio Logan, which has space for 200 vendors, will soon rival markets like Pike Place Market in Seattle and the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.
The community has been extremely receptive. When the duo launched their Kickstarter campaign, seeking $92,244 to get the market ready to open, they reached their goal in eight days. Donations continue to pour in; the total amount raised now sitting at over $50,000 over the initial goal.
There is still a lot of work to be done. Plans include building a permanent indoor market, a farmers market, and a commercial kitchen. Right now, the Farmers Market is open, on both Wednesday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Even on opening day, there were already an excellent variety of vendors, offering everything from fresh fruit and veggies, to prepared food, like the Ocean Beach Seafood truck, which had fish tacos and sandwiches, including a salmon breakfast taco with bacon and pineapple pico. Miss Sushi was also slinging rolls, and you could grab some sambusas, or a tamale.
Several bakers were on site, offering tempting treats like mini pies, cookies, brownies, and scones. The Sustainable Pantry had ready-to-eat items like this gluten-free chocolate cake, plus a wide variety of gluten-free baking mixes.
Some of my favorite samples were the sprouted hummus and these seasoned almonds from Hopkins AG. The Mexican chocolate flavor was killer.
The San Diego Public Market is located at 1735 National Ave. in Barrio Logan (map), hours of operation are Wednesday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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The market was bursting with so much produce that it's probably easier to say what's not (apples and strawberries), but here's a quick list of some of the items you'll find: Stone fruit Peppers Raspberries Pomegranates Avocados Onions Kale Carrots Corn Beans Tomatoes Tomatillos Summer Squash Nopales Passionfruit Macadamia Nuts