With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, most restaurants are completely booked. Don’t panic and don’t be the couple stuck at the drive-thru of a fast food chain. Here, in Southern California, we are lucky enough to have access to some of the most phenomenal farmers’ markets in the country! You don’t need to pay outrageous prices for a plate of pasta and a salad when you can bond with your special someone in the kitchen and tailor your favorite recipes to your own tastes. Ayres has just the markets for you to check out with your sweetheart!
Saturday from 9am until 2pm - FREE Parking
Located at South Coast Collection (“SoCo”) at 3303 Hyland Ave. in Costa Mesa, CA 92626
As a California Certified Farmers’ Market, SoCo has become a force to be reckon with in Orange County. Local farmers must have the California State Government ensure that their product is locally grown by the farmer before they are approved to sell their produce. Only California produce may be sold at a California Certified Farmers’ Market. With over 25 produce, gourmet food, and miscellaneous vendors, SoCo Farmers’ Market is your premier stop in Orange County for fresh ideas this Valentine’s Day!
Open Monday – Friday from 9am to 9pm; Saturday from 9am to 8pm; and Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Located at 6333 W. 3rd St. in Los Angeles, CA 90036
The historical and world famous Los Angeles Farmers’ Market has been serving Angelinos fresh local produce for over 80 years! Back in 1934 just a dozen farmers and other local merchants parked their trucks at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax and sold their produce. With humble beginnings like these, it is no wonder that this farmers’ market is packed any given day of the week! With just about 100 vendors, they have just what you need to make your Valentine happy. Our recommendation is to arrive bright and early to beat the crowds, the hot sun, and the traffic we are blessed with in Southern California!
Open Daily from 8am to 8pm
Located at 1701 S. Mountain Ave. in Ontario, CA 91762
One of the most popular farmers’ markets in the Inland Empire is that of Ontario. With an array of specialty items such as Persian and middle-eastern goods, Ontario Farmers’ Market has just what you need for out-of-the-box meal ideas. Great pricing keeps their guests coming back for more as well as alluring items such as their purple potatoes, fragrant flowers, and every herb and spice you can imagine!