NEWPORT BEACH –Boaters visiting Newport Beach and residents and tourists alike can stock their cabinets and refrigerators with fresh produce at the Newport Beach Farmers’ Market located on Lido Isle.
Since its opening in July 2010, the market has witnessed a growing number of vendors with a total of 30 or more stalls on any given Sunday. With a total of seven farmers – that number is expected to climb come fall – an abundance of fresh produce is to be expected.
Vendors include New Era Berry Farms, Nuvo Californian Olive Oil, Gaytan Farms; Gama Farms; Hopkins almonds, and Honey from Bee Ladies.
“All are Californian Certified and run their farms without any poisons,” said Wendy Rawady, the market’s manager. “While they are not organic, they farm to a high standard of natural fertilizers and insect control.”
Shoppers searching for the perfect cut of meat can find it at Da-Le organic meats where poultry, lamb, beef, bison, pork and all kinds of meat plus quail eggs and all kinds of poultry eggs even ostrich eggs are sold.
“Lido is a small market but has a large range of farmer produce, a growing local artisan bazaar with some beautiful goods at reasonable prices and delicious prepared food options from popsicles to walnut butter, crusty artisanal bread and slats, healthy cookies, dips, sheep’s cheese and so much more,” she added.
The market also caters to pets whose owners can purchase treats from OC Doggie Dinners, whose vendor keeps a bowl of water out for any pup walking by to enjoy.
“It is a very relaxed and happy place to visit every Sunday morning,” Rawady said.
Food wise, the market has La Paris Crêperie, OC Bake Shack, Hepp’s, and InGREATients offer tasty items. Fresh juices, organic paletas from Beach City Pops ans vegan cookies from Uncle Tanous are a few treats that can be picked up at the market.
Artisan crafters are also on site selling rare items not commonly found in traditional stores. Original fused glass jewelry, baskets from Senegal, art pieces, candles handmade from soy, and handmade fashion sandals made from sustainable materials can all be found at the open-air market.
Guests can come for the food and stick around to enjoy a cup of coffee or crepe, while listening to live music. Shoppers are also invite to enter in the market’s monthly raffle where a winner is drawn on the first of the month.
The Newport Beach Farmers’ market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Lido Marina Village, 3400 Via Oporto.