Orange County is a great place to be if you want to buy local produce and visit interactive farmers markets. Residents and guests have a few options:
SoCo Farmers Market in Costa Mesa
It is open 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays
This market was started by tomato grower Mark Anderson in 2009. He was selling his produce at various local farmers markets and was not entirely happy with the way things were done. Most farmers markets were run just as events for fees and profits, with no attention to the needs of the farmers. Unsatisfied with the way business was done, M. Anderson decided to open his own farmers market.
His strategies were rewarding and now he runs 5 markets in Los Angeles and Orange County, including this one in SoCo.
What is so special about this farmers market, you might ask? It has live music every week, balloon artist for the youngest shoppers, and workshops for parents of babies on how to make organic baby food at home. You can by local veggies, artisan breads, hummus, canned goods, jams, and jellies at this event.
The main philosophy behind Anderson’s success is his insider knowledge of what it takes to run a successful farm and his unwavering support of small farmers. He believes that a quality customer service directly influences the quality of produce, so he always puts farmers first.
Anderson is a great believer in healthy lifestyle and runs a non-profit organization Sprouts of Promise, where families can learn about healthy eating habits.