Irvine Tuesday Certified Farmers Market

When I first walked up to the Irvine Tuesday market in the Irvine Historical Village, I was honestly underwhelmed.  At first glance, it appeared to be so small that it couldn’t possibly offer enough different offerings to satisfy my desire for variety–or provide enough meals for a week.  However, a half hour of shopping changed my mind.  While this market is smaller than a lot of others, the offerings are diverse with few repeats.  Obviously this means that there isn’t much competition among vendors, but I didn’t find prices to be much different than other markets.  Because this is a smaller market, it has been overlooked by some of the large market staple vendors, leaving room for other vendors.  I particularly enjoyed visiting Ray’s Ranch of Temecula–try the cinnamon infused honey and take home their heavenly goat cheese.

One of the produce vendors had a surprising diversity of exotic fruits.   In the interest of trying something new, I picked up a new fruit-a bumpy green cherimoya (pictured with kumquats).   A lot of tropical fruits can be an acquired taste, but cherimoya is delicious.  Creamy, it reminds me of bananas and papaya, minus any funk.  At about $4 (for one fruit) my cherimoya was not cheap, but my family is begging for more.

The Irvine Tuesday market runs from 9 to 1 at the Irvine Ranch Historic Park near the intersection of Irvine Blvd. and Jamboree.

Irvine Tuesday Certified Farmers Market Stats

Number of vendors: 18

  • citrus: yes
  • stone fruit: yes
  • strawberries: yes
  • leafy greens: yes
  • fresh veggies: yes
  • sprouts: no
  • avocados: yes
  • mushrooms: no
  • bread/ bakery: yes
  • cheese: no
  • meat: no
  • fish: yes
  • eggs: yes
  • honey: yes
  • pasta: yes
  • tamales: yes
  • coffee: no
  • juices: no
  • prepared foods: yes
  • plants: no
  • cut flowers: yes
  • crafts: no

Last visit: 4.27.2010.  The above information is correct to the best of my knowledge based on a personal visitIf you have updated information please post a comment or send Rachael by email at localoranges at gmail dot com.

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  • Hi LO! Great job spreading the word about the OC Certified Farmer’s Markets! I love Sat. a.m. in Irvine, but the Tuesday in Irvine and Wed. in Tustin are small but mighty and they grow on you! There’s always something new in season. I just posted on the markets in a post called ‘Livin’ La Vida Locavore’.

    See you at the markets!

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