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South Orange County Farmers’ Markets offer a refreshing shopping experience

Try something new and locally grown at your CFM.

Whether cozy or sprawling, your local Certified Farmers’ Market is an important part of your community.  The farmers and vendors who sell you fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, hand-crafted cheeses, and more are your neighbors, living and farming in the same communities.  And one small Farmers’ Market can offer you more varieties of apple than a large grocery store, not to mention the other fruits and vegetables that are available.

Called “small but mighty” by the LA Times, the Certified Farmers’ Market in Corona Del Mar is small in scale, but still offers a great selection of fresh produce and fresh cut flowers every Saturday, from 9am until 1pm.  The CFM is held at Margarite and Pacific Coast Hwy all year round.

Costa Mesa‘s Certified Farmers’ Market is held in territory familiar to many in Orange County, on Fair Drive at the Orange County Fairgrounds.  No matter the weather, every Thursday from 9am until 1pm residents can shop for fresh and organic produce from farmers who have been certified by the Orange County Farm Bureau.

In La Plaza Park near the Clock Tower on Pacific Coast Hwy, gather up both certified local produce and beautiful vistas as you shop the Dana Point Certified Farmers’ Market.  The Dana Point CFM is open all year round, every Saturday, from 9am until 1pm.

Irvine residents have three great Farmers’ Markets to shop from.  The Orange County Farm Bureau sponsors two of the CFMs in Irvine.  On Tuesdays, at the Historic Park at the Irvine Ranch, enjoy meeting and maintaining relationships with local farmers from 9am until 1pm.  You can see some of the same farmers and crafters at the CFM at the Irvine Center across from UCI on Saturdays, from 8am until noon.  Or head over to Traveland on Burt Road, which sponsors a Certified Farmers’ Market every Saturday, from 8am until 2pm, right alongside the large swapmeet.  Parking at Traveland is free, and so is admission.

The planned community of unincorporated Ladera Ranch used to offer its own Certified Farmers’ Market every Saturday, from 8am until 1pm, but no longer operates a CFM.  Although the California Federation of Farmers’ Markets website still has a listing for Ladera Ranch, the a search of the city’s website shows only a single record, listing the CFM as discontinued.

Fortunately, Ladera Ranch, as well as San Juan Capistrano and Capistrano Beach residents can visit the CFM in San Juan Capistrano.  At the intersection of Yorba Street and Camino Capistrano, the San Juan Capistrano CFM from April through October is open from 3pm until 7pm.  In November, through until March, the hours change to 3pm until 6pm.

El Toro, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, and Laguna Hills residents can meet up at the 5 Fwy and El Toro Rd in the Laguna Hills Mall parking lot for the Laguna Hills CFM every Friday, from 9am until 1pm.  Drive carefully, as this section of town is always very busy.

Next to Town Hall in the Lumberyard parking lot in Laguna Beach you can shop early, from 8am until noon, for fresh fruits, veggies, fresh farm eggs and more at the Laguna Beach Certified Farmers’ Market.  The Laguna Beach CFM is open every Saturday, in good or bad weather.

On Sundays, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel residents can stroll between tents and pop-ups at the Laguna Niguel Certified Farmers’ Market from 9am until 1pm.  At the intersection of Pacific Park and La Paz, meet local farmers and crafters, improve your health and support your community all in one place.

In downtown San Clemente on Avenida Del Mar and the 200 block of Seville you can enjoy a spectacular view, historic architecture, and a bustling Certified Farmers’ Market, every Sunday from 9am until 1pm.  If it also happens to be the first Sunday of the month (excepting January), then you should also visit the Village Art Fair for superb and unique locally made crafts and artwork.