Farmer's Market - Great Park, Irvine
The first Sunday of the month not only boasts great antiques in Irvine, but also their weekly Farmer's Market. Knowing this we went prepared to shop! As I said yesterday in my review of the Grove Antique Market, once you are done antique-ing and pass the plethora of food trucks, you will find a small but lovely selection...now let's see what I found!
After loading our haul into our cars, we were back to being hands free and ready to take on a little grocery shopping per se. Thankfully, this grocery store was outside and full of locally grown and produced deliciousness. First stop, this jalapeno booth...I never turn down a spicy sample.
My new buddy Wayne, from South Sauce Co. quickly had me begging for more after he hit me with a wheat thin with a small bit of cream cheese and one of his beyond amazing candied jalapenos. O.M.G. I could have eaten a whole jar while standing there. Not about to stop there, I tried the BBQ mustard, complete with jalapenos and caramelized onions...another O.M.G moment. They were TO DIE FOR!! I snapped them both up for $10 and couldn't wait to get home and whip up some treats for my jalapeno lovin' TH.
Always liking to get myself a little sweet treat, I headed back to a new favorite of mine, Orange Clementine. Having had the pleasure of relishing in these lemon cakes before, I was not about to pass up this opportunity again. Being a HUGE lemon activist, I knew I needed to get my hands on a lavender and blueberry lemon cake. Heck, just to make the 3/$10 deal I decided to branch out into an orange cranberry. I wasn't disappointed in the least! The cakes are so moist, tart and sweet all at the same time, I always have a hard time not eating them all before I get into the parking lot. But I was able to hold back on woofing down these doughnut sized cakes and only shared one...until I got home later that night that is...
I am big on presentation, so these darling boxes and even more angelic citrus cookies were just what I needed to give it the ultimate thriving stamp of approval. I love that you can order online and ship to family abroad. Who wouldn't want to get a little taste of California in the mail?
With my tummy full of samples, sweets and lavender lemonade it was time to get what I really came for, the fresh produce. Going straight for my favorite music playing, burlap table covering, chalk board labeling and cute boys in charge booth, I said my, "Hhheeeyyyy's" and got shopping. Wanting to load up on the last of summer fruit, I hit the peaches and nectarines hard.
Not wanting to miss the fruit of the week, I grabbed a couple of these guys and were beyond pleased they were featured. I love natural sugar!
On my way out I had to grab these green grapes, they were begging to be thrown in my freezer for a quick and tart bite size Popsicle. Done!
While this Farmer's Market is in no way big, it is just enough to get what you need. An added bonus? There is always live music, a variety of food trucks and enough samples to make you wish you hadn't already eaten. All in all, definitely worth stopping by on a Sunday morning instead of heading to your local supermarket. What Farmer's Markets do you like?