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Market Scene: Hillcrest Farmers Market, San Diego

[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

There's no bad time of the year to visit the Hillcrest Farmers Market, but there's no better time than right now. Why? Well, for one, just about all of the tastiest fruit and vegetables are simultaneously in season, from stone fruit to sweet and juicy Ataulfo mangoes, plus pints of strawberries, blueberries, and cherries.

Gluten-free pastries from Olive Oil Organic Cafe

Need another reason? The market is also now larger than ever, with approximately 125 different vendors selling everything from produce fresh pasta to flavored salts, sausages, and gluten-free pastries. Come to stock your crisper, fruit bowl, and cookie jar with tasty goodies, or just stuff your face. The expanded prepared foods area has an exciting mix of multi-cultural street food, including Turkish grilled kabobos, Argentinean empanadas, African sambussas, Chilean style salsas and chips, Mexican tamales, and so much more.

Parking at the has always been tight, but that also got a boost. There's a new trolley that loops through the market, dropping off shoppers at the San Diego School District's 300-space parking lot.

With so much in store at the expanded market, you'd better bring an extra bag. Scroll through the slide-show above and you'll quickly see why >>

The Hillcrest Farmers Market is located on Normal Street between University Avenue and Lincoln (map); it's open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax

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