One of the best things about living in Millenia is the convenience of a neighborhood where everything you need is located nearby. And if you’re a lover of fresh produce—and anything crafty or local—you’re in luck! Several fantastic farmers markets are located within walking distance or easy driving distance. With plentiful fresh fruit, veggies, and more available in season, it’s easy to enjoy a healthy, colorful, and delicious array of produce all year round!
Here’s what you can find, and where.
Otay Ranch Farmers Market
2015 Birch Road and Eastlake Boulevard
Chula Vista, CA 91915
Distance from Millenia: Walking distance
When: Tuesday, 4 to 8 PM (Until 7 PM during winter)
This fun weekly event is less of a farmers market and more of a fun street fair, with vendors offering delicious food—of the raw and cooked varieties—and handmade items. You’ll find produce stalls as well!
Located on Main Street, Otay Ranch Town Center Farmers Market is packed with vendors selling all kinds of international cuisine. With everything from Thai to Jamaican to Russian and Kenyan, there’s always something new to try.
Alongside these vendors are usually several stalls selling fresh local produce and handmade items, such as soaps and lotions, knitwear, essential oils, and the like. A visit to this Chula Vista farmers market is like a treasure hunt: You never know what delightful discovery you’ll make next! And since it’s located just across the street from Millenia, it’s easy to get your purchases home when you’re done shopping.
1430 E 24th Street
National City, CA 91950
Distance from Millenia: 20 minutes
When: Monday, 3:30 to 5:30 PM
This San Diego special is exactly what its name and location suggests: an urban farm located right in the middle of National City. Dickinson Farm grows a wide variety of heirloom produce and sells farm-fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and their own line of pantry items. They’re open for business on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings, so you can stock your fridge and kitchen for the whole week to come.
And you’ll want to come back on the weekends for fun farm tours!
Imperial Beach Certified Farmers Market
Portwood Pier Plaza
10 Evergreen Ave
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Distance from Millenia: 30 minutes
When: Friday, 2 to 7:30 PM (April to September); Friday, 2 to 6 PM (October to March)
Imperial Beach is a little further away, but this farmers market is well worth a visit! The small-but-growing market offers a good range of fresh produce, as well as specialty goods. Think:
- Locally produced honey
- International cuisine
What’s even better? The market is right next to the beach! You can make your trip into a fun day out, spending time relaxing and enjoying the outdoor atmosphere before getting down to the business of shopping, or having fun with the book family before you fill your grocery bags!
People’s Produce Certified Farmers Market
1655 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
Distance from Millenia: 20 minutes
When: Tuesday, 5 to 8 PM; Wednesday, 5 to 8 PM
This extensive farmers market is 15 to 20 minutes from Millenia, depending on traffic. It offers lots of fresh produce, along with handmade gifts and delicious food. With live entertainment, music, and even dancing demonstrations, this open-air market is a fun way to spend an evening and pick up the week’s fresh produce at the same time.
Fresh Produce in Season: What to Buy and When
Making the most of a farmers market is all about buying in season. When fresh produce is purchased and consumed in season, it’s not just fresher (and more delicious), it’s more nutrient-rich than produce that’s stored for long periods of time in trucks, crates, or cans.
Get the most out of your fresh fruit and veggies by buying produce fresh from the field. And that means patronizing the farmers markets in and around Chula Vista!
Here’s what to look for in every season, from spring to winter:
Arugula (Best in spring and fall)
Broccoli (Best in fall and winter)
Cabbage (Best in fall and winter)
Cauliflower (Best in fall and winter)
Celery (Best in fall and winter)
Lettuce (Best in spring)
Peas, including snap peas and snow peas
Radishes (Spring through fall)
Apples (Late summer through fall)
Blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, gooseberries
Melons, including watermelon
Stone fruit, including nectarines, peaches, apricots, and plums
Zucchini and summer squash
Brussels sprouts (Fall and winter)
Kale (Fall and winter)
Rutabagas (Fall and winter)
Sweet potatoes and yams (Fall and winter)
Citrus fruits, including oranges, clementines, mandarins, tangerines, grapefruit, and lemons
Kiwis (Winter and spring)
Markets for All Seasons
In every season of the year, farmers markets in Chula Vista and further afield have lots of delicious fresh produce to help you enjoy great-tasting nutritious food all year long. (Pro tip: They’re also a fantastic place to buy unique gifts!) The open-air atmosphere, delectable smells, and dazzling array of color makes market shopping an enjoyable event you’ll look forward to every week!