You’ll find San Diego farmers markets available on any day of the week. Most run on a weekly schedule, which we’ve outlined for you below.

Over 360 local farms are represented at our farmers markets. The ones featured below are certified by the County Agricultural Commissioner, which means shoppers can rest assured that they are shopping locally. Products are grown in California and are subject to rigorous quality controls.

You’ll find diverse fresh fruits and fresh veggies, meat, fish, shellfish, cheese, olive oil, and dairy products at most farmers markets in San Diego. Local crafters and artisanal food vendors enhance your experience year-round, rain or shine.

Check hours before you go. Some markets also close when there is rain or during holidays.

San Diego County Farmers Markets – Sunday

Chula Vista Farmers Market

Third Avenue Village Farmers Market is located next to Memorial Park in Chula Vista. A San Diego farmers market Sunday favorite, it hosts 60+ local vendors.

This certified farmers market emphasizes organic produce, baked goods, and fresh flowers, highlighting the neighborhood’s rich agricultural roots.

  • Location: 300 Park Way & Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 91910
  • Hours: Sundays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Website: thirdavenuevillage.com

Hillcrest Certified Farmers Market San Diego

Hillcrest Farmers Market is one of the original San Diego farmers markets. With over 175 vendors, it’s also the largest certified farmers market in San Diego County.

Along with abundant fresh produce, expect non-food vendors selling flowers, gifts, arts and crafts, and clothing. There’s weekly musical entertainment, and hot food options to enjoy on the day with a focus on international fare.

  • Location: 3960 Normal Street (between University Avenue & Lincoln Street), San Diego, CA 92103
  • Hours: Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Website: hillcrestfarmersmarket.com

La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market (top Pick)

Sunflowers and produce on display at La Jolla Open Aire Market

Sunday’s La Jolla Open Aire certified farmers market caters to families thanks to its location at the La Jolla Elementary School campus. It features 120 merchants and sits beside the school’s expansive open green space. 

What’s unique about this Farmers Market is that all proceeds go to La Jolla Elementary (LJES) to help fund art, music and tech classes, as well as school improvements and adding additional classroom teachers to lower class sizes.

Highlights include fresh fruits and veggies, international cuisine, massage and chiropractic services onsite, lawn games like Giant Jenga, live music, and complimentary dog-sitting services.

Many residents go for lunch because the prepared food vendors in the gourmet food court retail everything from delicious burritos to crepes to sliders. This great market is on my lists of top things to do in La Jolla and best things to do in La Jolla with kids.

  • Location: 7335 Girard Avenue (Corner of Girard Ave. & Genter St.), La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Hours: Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Website: lajollamarket.com

Rancho Santa Fe Del Rayo Village Farmers Market

Modeled after longevity villages, this San Diego County certified farmers market is ideal for the health and community conscious.

A Rancho Santa Fe favorite, patrons enjoy fish ceviche, grilled corn, strawberries, and watermelon juice. You can also purchase Mexican-inspired clothes and jewelry and fresh flowers. There’s live music, craft booths for kids, guest chefs, and guest speakers.

  • Location: 16079 San Dieguito Road (Del Rayo Village Shopping Center), Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92191
  • Hours: Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Website: ranchosantafefarmersmarket.com

Santa Ysabel Certified Farmers Market

Located in North County, about 20 miles east of Escondido and close to Julian, Santa Ysabel is a San Diego County farmers market with small-town charm and a passion for sustainability. Local California producers offer specialties like microgreens, organic herbs, and blood oranges.

Fresh breads from pesto to pumpkin are market favorites. You can enjoy live music and educational talks about sustainability while you munch on local artisan foods.

  • Location: 21887 Washington Street (At the Junction of Highways 78 & 79), San Diego, CA 92070
  • Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Website: facebook.com/santaysabelfarmersmarket

Solana Beach Farmers Market

Eleven farmers in North San Diego County provide all the produce at this organic-certified farmers market.

In addition to the fresh food options, a long list of artisans sell their wares including candles, jewelry, and other great gift-type options. The market is also a great place to grab lunch with a food court that includes Maine Lobster Company and cuisines including French, Mexican, Thai, African, and Japanese.

  • Location: 444 South Cedros Avenue (Corner of Rosa Street & Cedros Avenue), San Diego, CA 92075
  • Hours: Sundays from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Website: solanabeachfarmersmarket.com

Leucadia Certified Farmers Market

Another North San Diego County certified farmers market favorite, Leucadia Farmers Market has over 75 vendors, selling everything from sunflowers, to baked goods, fresh pasta to every fruit and veggie you can think of.

Kids love the playground and they often offer face painting. I loved the covered eating areas.

  • Location: 185 Union Street (Paul Ecke Elementary School), San Diego, CA 92024
  • Hours: Sundays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Website: leucadiafarmersmarket.com

Murrieta Farmers Market

Situated 40 minutes north of Escondido in the Village Walk Plaza parking lot, this California certified farmers market also features specialty food items, including kettle corn, jerky, barbecue sauce, and hummus.

  • Location: 24422 Village Walk Plaza, Murrieta, CA 92562
  • Hours: Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Website: myfarmersmarkets.com

San Diego County Farmers Markets – Saturday

Tuna Harbor Dockside Farmers Market

Tuna Harbor Dockside Market is a small open-air seafood market with select vendors and a dedicated fish-cutting station.

Sustainable fishing practices mean fish varieties change weekly at this San Diego County farmers market. After picking up your fresh fish for the week, grab a bite from Dockside Fish N’ Chips.

  • Location: 598 Harbor Lane, San Diego 92101
  • Hours: Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Website: thdocksidemarket.com

Del Mar Certified Farmers Market

Del Mar farmers market is a Saturday favorite for its ocean views and onsite rotating fitness classes. It’s located in the lower outdoor parking lot of the Civic Center (free parking garage).

Supporting small acreage growers, there are a variety of specialty crops here that larger growers do not traditionally provide. Expect plenty of organic seasonal fruit and veg, plus seafood, potted herbs, honey, hummus, baked goods, and arts and crafts.

  • Location: 1050 Camino Del Mar (Civic Center), San Diego, CA 92014
  • Hours: Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Website: delmarfarmersmarket.org

Fallbrook Main Avenue Certified Farmers Market

A smaller farmers market, Fallbrook provides fresh produce from local farmers and artisanal non-food vendors.

On any given Saturday, there are usually around 20 non-food vendors, and you can grab a coffee while perusing stalls selling glass art, leatherwork, clothing, and gems.

Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market

Veggies for sale at a stand in the Little Italy Farmer's Market.
Vegetables for sale in the Little Italy Farmers Market

By far the largest, Little Italy certified farmers market spans six city blocks. Located downtown, it’s a Saturday morning San Diego farmers market favorite.

With a massive array of various vendors, My suggestion is to come hungry with plenty of reusable bags for your haul.

  • Location: 600 W. Date Street (From West of Kettner Boulevard to Front Street), San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours: Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. & Wednesdays from 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
  • Website: littleitalysd.com/events/mercato

Poway Certified Farmers Market

Nestled in Old Poway Park, this is a San Diego farmers market Saturday favorite with over 65 vendors. There are several local California farmers and stalls selling flowers and delicious food ready to eat on the spot. There’s often live music, too.

  • Location: 14134 Midland Road at Temple (Old Poway Park), San Diego, CA 92064
  • Hours: Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Website: poway.org/456/Farmers-Market

Vista Certified Farmers Market

With over 50 local farmers and 40+ artisans selling prepared food, this is a San Diego farmers market Saturday favorite. Fresh-farmed produce includes persimmons, dates, nuts, honey, a variety of cheeses, and grass-fed meat. You’ll also find fresh baked goods, salsas, sauces, and pickles to sample as you stroll.

Fourteen countries are represented here with tantalizing dishes. Bring your dull knives to the cool knife and tool sharpening booth. Visitors can take advantage of the 600 free parking spaces.

  • Location: 345 South Melrose Drive (South of Highway 78), Vista, CA 92083
  • Hours: Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Website: vistafarmersmarket.com

Temecula – Old Town Farmers Market

There are over 70 farmers and vendors at this farmers market offering varied produce and artisanal pantry products.

In addition to fresh farmed produce, you can buy soaps, lotions, olive oil, cheeses, pet treats, a wide array of plants and flowers, and even work by local artists.

The farmers market is now also held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Promenade Mall in Temecula (outside JC Penny).

  • Location: 28464 Old Town Front Street (Sixth Street & Front Street), Temecula, CA 92590
  • Hours: Saturdays from 8.30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Website: myfarmersmarkets.com/locations

San Diego County Farmers Markets – Friday

Borrego Springs Certified Farmers Market 

Nestled in Christmas Circle Park, this North County San Diego farmers market is truly unique. Due to its hot desert climate, it’s only open for half the year, but the market vendors are worth the wait.

The eclectic range of goods for purchase in addition to fruit and veg include clothing and jewelry, seafood, and baked goods

It features rare locally grown produce like Fuerte avocados, cherimoyas, and Christmas tree broccoli. Its most famous item is homemade fudge.

La Mesa Village Certified Farmers Market 

A recently expanded San Diego farmers market at La Mesa Village is the energetic heart of the neighborhood’s downtown area.

There are 80+ vendors at this San Diego farmers market, including various produce, fish, meats, flowers, baked goods, and cheeses. You can also enjoy live entertainment while grabbing lunch from local hot food vendors. There’s free parking at the Civic Center.

Rancho Bernardo Certified Farmers Market 

Situated on the south parking lot of the Bernardo Winery, you can shop local produce, including eggs, honey, and artisanal products.

There are also a variety of handmade goods and food vendors.

San Diego County Farmers Markets – Thursday

Linda Vista Farmers Market San Diego

This San Diego farmers market celebrates the rich heritage of this historically minority community. Over 35 farmers, food makers, and crafters are represented.

I recommend Big Al’s Baking Co. for delicious banana pudding and baked goods. The Vietnamese Woodwork booth is another standout.

North Park Farmers Market

Boasting a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, this Thursday San Diego farmers market is another favorite of mine. It includes the North Park Mini Park, which hosts activities like face painting for the kids, and there’s live music every week.

A huge array of vendors offer fresh produce, dips, sauces, yogurts, and artisanal goods like herbal apothecary candles and oils. The North Park Parking Garage charges a mere $1/hr.

Mainstreet Oceanside Certified Farmers Market 

This San Diego farmers market is located in North County and offers ocean views and cool breezes while you shop.

You’ll find fresh local produce and a large selection of gourmet goodies, baked goods, chips & salsas, dips, sauces, organic honey, and olive oils.

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market 

Located at the Newtopia Cyder parking lot, this San Diego farmers market has over 50 vendors. A rotating list of quality artisans, farmers, and food vendors bring freshness to the farmers market each week.

Current vendors include Luna’s Lunpia, Ash & Ember, Milk & Honey Bakery, All Better Sorbet, and Antonio and Guillermo Farms.

Pro Tip: Visit the Welcome Booth between 3-5 pm to receive an “Early Bird Special Punch Card.” Once all holes are punched, it’s worth $5 at any booth.

San Diego County Farmers Markets – Wednesday

South Bay Farmers Market 

Situated in the parking lot of the Chula Vista Golf Course, this San Diego farmers market hosts growers, artisan crafts, and a variety of prepared foods.

Calikopitime offers a diverse collection of candles, cups, earrings, and handmade soaps. The coolest feature of this San Diego farmers market is, by far, a dancing miniature horse.

Ocean Beach Farmers Market 

Located in the funky, hippy town of Ocean Beach, this San Diego farmers market has its own unique spirit and vibe.

There are over 100 vendors along Newport Avenue, including certified farmers, crafters, artisans, and a diverse collection of international cuisine. It’s a great place to shop, eat, and then head down to the beach for sunset.

Little Italy Certified Farmers Market 

Like the Saturday Little Italy farmers market, the Wednesday Little Italy farmers market offers a variety of produce and non-food vendors. It’s a bit smaller, occupying three blocks and the Piazza della Famiglia.

I recommend trying the Watermelon Punch kefir soda and shopping for boutique clothes and jewelry at Wednesday’s Little Italy farmers market.

  • Location: 523 West Date Street (Between Kettner Blvd. & State St.), San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours: Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Website: littleitalysd.com/events/mercato

Santee Certified Farmers Market 

A smaller San Diego farmers market, Santee has local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, microgreens, infused cheeses, and flavored oils.

Grab a bite at one of the international food vendors with selections like tamales, pizza, dumplings, burgers, and empanadas. My favorite vendor at this San Diego farmers market is Amazing Macarons. They are so delicious!

  • Location: 9626 Carlton Hills (Corner of Carlton Hills Blvd. & Mast Blvd), Santee, CA 92071
  • Hours: Wednesdays from March – October 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Winter – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Website: santeefarmersmarket.com

Carlsbad State Street Certified Farmers Market 

A self-proclaimed “fresh-air grocery store,” this certified farmers market has 15 growers and six fish, meat, and dairy producers.

There are close to 30 non-agricultural food sellers, including the Jerky Brothers and Kombucha Cares. Hot food vendors include Thai DD and Rafikiz, which sells authentic Kenyan food.

  • Location: 2907 State Street (State Street & Carlsbad Village Drive), Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Hours: Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (March – October) winter – 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. (November – March)
  • Website: carlsbad-village.com/events/farmers-market

Temecula Farmers Market 

Temecula in northern San Diego has three different farmers markets – in Old Town Temecula (see Saturday listings), Promenade Temecula, and Vail Headquarters (see Tuesday listings). Their Wednesday market is in the parking lot of the Promenade Mall in Temecula near JCPenney. There are more than 15 local growers.

You’ll find gourmet selections like honey, baked goods, goat cheese, kettle corn, and hummus. I really liked the booth with eco-friendly bath and body products.

Promenade Temecula
Location: 40640 Winchester Rd. (Outside JC Penny), Temecula, CA 92591
Hours: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Website: visittemeculavalley.com/event/temecula-farmers-market/

San Diego County Farmers Markets – Tuesday

Coronado Certified Farmers Market

Considered one of the oldest San Diego farmers markets, it’s relatively small. Situated by the sea, it’s located at Ferry Landing Marketplace and on our list of fun things to do in Coronado.

They feature elevated artisanal products and fresh produce. Their balsamic vinegars are divine, and you can’t beat their cheese and berry assortments.

Pacific Beach Tuesday Certified Farmers Market

There are over 55 certified farmer and non-farmer vendors at this San Diego farmers market. Boasting ocean views and cool vibes, it’s a great place to purchase various California-grown produce.

My favorite booths are the SoCal Frozen Raspaditos and PI Yoga Pants, and the kids love Uprising Pizza. I also buy plants at the Pacific Beach farmers market.

  • Location: 901 Hornblend Street, San Diego 92109
  • Hours: Tuesdays from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Website: pacificbeachmarket.com

Otay Ranch Farmers Market

Located in the Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista, this San Diego farmers market features over 40 vendors of both farmed and prepared food options.

Mira Mesa Farmers Market

Persimmons in baskets on a table at the Mira Mesa farmer's market in San Diego.
Persimmons from a recent fall visit to Mira Mesa Farmers Market

This San Diego farmers market is in the Mira Mesa High School parking lot. A small yet charming San Diego farmers market, it offers unique international fare.

This includes the Pad Thai Stand and fresh poke bowls at the “O-Fish-AL” Poke Shop. I also like to stop by Baba Foods for hummus, tzatziki, and raw garlic spread.

Most of the time, you can find some exotic Asian fruit and vegetables. I stop here when my daughter practices volleyball nearby on Tuesdays.

Downtown Escondido Certified Farmers Market

This San Diego farmers market is located opposite Heritage Garden Park in downtown Escondido and boasts a town square-style charm.

Vendors at this San Diego farmers market include California-grown produce, local honey, pesto, fresh-roasted nuts, and Julian pies.

When you don’t have time to make dinner, stop here and grab ready-made meals like Salvadorian Pupusas.

San Marcos Farmers Market 

This San Diego farmers market has almost 40 vendors, including growers, artisan food makers, craftspeople, and diverse fresh food booths. You can enjoy live music from local artists as you peruse and shop.

Highlights include Drunken Noodles from Thai DD, international cheeses from Chez Elliott, and mouthwatering macaroons from Big Joy Family Bakery. And check out Rescue Dog Barkery for great treats for your pooch.

Vail Headquarters Certified Farmers Market

Vail Headquarters, a historic 80,000-acre fully restored cattle ranch, hosts this North County San Diego farmers market every Tuesday.

There are local farmers, specialty food makers like the Tamale Guy, artisan woodworking artists, and basket weavers. Kids will love the Little Vail Headquarters Train, and you can buy train tickets inside the Cookhouse. There are also yard games to keep them busy.

  • Location: 32115 Temecula Parkway, Temecula, CA 95292
  • Hours: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Website: vailhq.com/farmers-market

San Diego County Farmers Markets – Monday

Welk Farmers Market 

Nestled in a slightly remote location at the Welk Resort Village, this north country farmers market offers a beautiful natural setting with mountain views, the perfect place to do your weekly shopping for a wide assortment of certified organic, seasonal, and farm-fresh produce and ingredients.

Highlights include weekly raffles, scavenger hunts, and handcrafted artisanal goods.

San Diego Farmers Markets Cheat Sheet

My Favorite San Diego Farmers Market

Hat tip to the Hillcrest farmers market on Normal Street and Little Italy Mercato, but my favorite San Diego County farmers market will come as no surprise.

It’s La Jolla Open Aire. It’s family-friendly so kids love it. So do locals and it’s a fundraiser for the local public elementary school. I’ve put it on my list of top La Jolla activities and La Jolla family activities.

Best Farmers Market North County

The Vail Headquarters farmers market is the best in North County, San Diego. With pony rides, train rides, and a petting zoo—need I say more?

Del Mar and Solana Beach are pretty great, too, if you’re looking for something more central.

Best Farmers Market Central County 

Little Italy Mercato is the best farmers market in Central County San Diego if not all of San Diego.

It’s the largest with the most vendor diversity and the energy there is unlike anywhere else. Plus, you can browse the other things to do in Little Italy during your visit.

Best Farmers Market South County

Otay Ranch Market is the best San Diego farmers market in South County because of its hometown-style atmosphere and unique vendor list.

Of all the farmers markets San Diego has to offer, which is your favorite?

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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