We had a pleasure to see various California’s weekend markets. Unfortunately, products you’d find on California’s markets look as if they were bought from Costco; most of the fruits and vegetables you’d buy there can be easily found at the local grocery stores.
Nevertheless, we found some of California’s signature genetically modified hybrid foods like plumcots , pluots, peacotum and broccoflower to name a few. It’s simply wonderful to find bugs free, perfectly shaped, genetically modified with just a spritz of pesticides readily available all year around fruits and vegetables at these local farmers markets.
Mariners church market Irvine has just as many fantastic products to check out.
We also had a chance to try organic salt – which was much healthier than its regular cousin – the banal salt. In either case, if you’d like to hang out in the heat of the sun and pick up some food that looks and tastes the same as local Vons, or if you’d like to pay twice as much for humus than you would at the Trader’s Joes then you should swing by your local farmer’s market.
Btw. The market is generously sponsored by the Mariners church and used to be located on UCI campus in the past.
There are plenty of unusual stuff you can find – like the terpene infused “fruit teas” Quail eggs. Atyppical jerky and fresh looking bread. Although 99Ranch or local H-mart will have a much wider spread of unusual foods to try.