Saturday in Ocean Beach, we woke up to open windows and early morning dog walkers. With sleepy eyes, we warmed up some oatmeal and topped it with peanut butter and banana, items we brought from home so we wouldn’t have to feel pressured to spend money/search for breakfast locations during this weekend getaway. Eating our breakfast slowly at the kitchen table, we had the chance to get a quick hello and goodbye in with our Airbnb host before she headed out to a surf competition that coupled as a fundraiser for her friend’s charity (she literally got cooler each day). Her morning energy got us jazzed for our day, and after cleaning up our room and getting ourselves ready, we Google Mapped our way to the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market.
AND LET US TELL YOU.
That farmers market was incredible. It spread across 3-4 blocks and was filled with families, dogs, musicians, girls with envious style, and the sweetest vendors.
We sampled just about everything that we could:
- Various peanut butter flavors (that cinnamon one would taste fabulous on apple slices)
- Gourmet cheeses (Ashley, usually a non-cheese eater, surprisingly dreamt of that gouda sample later in the day)
- Cheesecake (a kind man in a floral, frilly apron sharing his grandma’s recipes)
- Fresh bread (‘nuff said)
- Hummus flavors (made from almonds!)
- Salsa (the spiciest.. )
- Green juice (from some of the kindest folks! They challenged us on how “cool” Arizona could be with it being so hot and so beachless.)
- Fresh cookies (Oh, we sampled. Then we purchased one. Then, prior to returning to our car, we purchased again. Cookies don’t stand a chance when we’re around, and that dark chocolate sea salt caramel cookie…. so dreamy.)
The fresh produce stands were colorful, and the harvested vegetables and fruits were still sprinkled with dirt. With plastic bags hanging from the pop-up tents’ roofs, marketers could snag some nourishing ingredients for their meals for the week — something we took advantage of. At a produce stand with three friendly gals, we collected a couple of zucchinis to use if we decided to cook a meal for ourselves in our Airbnb’s kitchen.
The Little Italy Mercato was honestly such a treat for us. We were spoiled by the beautiful overcast day as it made the market colors, especially those fresh flowers, really standout underneath the white tents. If we are to ever visit San Diego in the future, we’ll place this on our list of activities again, even to just have a breakfast of fresh green juice to wash down our 5 cookie samples.
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