One of my favorite activities with the kiddo in the summer is to shop at a local farmer’s market. We are so lucky to be surrounded by them here in OC!
Tuesdays are a particular favorite of mine. I like to head to the market at Irvine Historical Park. It’s on Irvine Blvd. and Myford Road (on the back side of the Tustin Marketplace). It’s a very small market, which makes it very manageable to walk through. It also tends to not be very crowded, which is more pleasant for strolling. Initially, the small number of vendors may seem underwhelming, particularly if you’re used to the Saturday Irvine market over near UCI. And if you’re looking for handcrafted goods, this is not your market. But if you’re looking for a variety of fresh foods and produce, there is plenty of variety. And it’s just the right size for kids – they don’t have to worry about which vendor to choose strawberries from….there’s only one!
I bring along an ice chest with some ice packs so I can stow away our purchases in the car for awhile, because after we stroll the market there, we like to head over to the Katie Wheeler library (right across from the market). It’s an old restored house, full of charm, and the librarians and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. One helpful hint – this library is part of the OC Public Library system, so if you check out books here, you can return them to any other OC Public Library.
Once we’ve checked out a few books, we head outside to the big lawn in front of the library. I spread out a large blanket, we break open some of our fresh fruit from the farmer’s market, or sometimes a picnic lunch, if I’ve come really prepared, and we enjoy some reading and dining al fresco. There’s plenty of shade under the large trees to keep you comfortable, too.
Now doesn’t that sound like a nice way to spend a summer day?
For a list of all farmer’s markets around Orange County, click HERE.