Friday, December 17, 2010

Seaside walk: Pt. Loma’s Farmers’ Market

The seaside community of Point Loma boasts of a fresh and wholesome Farmers’ Market, whose approximately 65 vendors carry fresh produce, artisanal foods, jewelry and crafts.  Point Loma Certified Farmers Market is held on Sundays from 9:30 am -2:30 pm on Canon Street between Rosecrans & Shafter.

One of the highlights of this market is the CSA or Community Supported Agriculture booth.  You will find a collection of certified organic produce supplied by about 7 to 8 local farms that participate in this market such as Stehly Farms Organics, Eli’s Farms and B Street Growers. 

I talked with Brian Beevers, the Market Manager for the Point Loma Market (as well as the Mission Valley and UTC La Jolla Markets) about how he became the manager for this market.  His knowledge of fresh produce and products were ingrained in his childhood as he grew up on a farm and continued to have a passion for farm-fresh products.  With the added knowledge he has acquired as a website designer he became inspired to make this market shine to the public with genuinely refreshing and invigorating displays of the products.

I stopped by another booth that caught my eye called “El Pollinator”.  They have a cooperative with B Street Growers here in San Diego.  The owner of El Pollinator, Steve Hersom, works with sustainable bee hives.  He also works with sustainable produce like fresh lettuce that is grown and sold with roots attached to allow the purchasers to use the fresh lettuce, and also continue to grow their own from the available attached roots provided when making the purchase.  This nurtures the whole idea of hydroponics, which essentially is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water and without the need of soil.

Each farmers’ market has its own uniqueness, although I would have to say that this one has certain ease and appeal to it that seems to make vendors more readily accessible to answering questions and describing their products.  Along with its  beauty and location, there is something to be said for taking an enjoyable afternoon walk through the market while savoring the sweet smells of the alluring aromas that come from the vendors’ booths mixed in with the seaside air.

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