By Courtney Hitchcock
By far, the best farmers market in Monterey Bay, is held every Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Monterey Peninsula College, the local junior college of Monterey Bay. Not only does this market provide fresh, organic produce, but also has meat, dairy and seafood vendors, making it easy to completely stock your kitchen. Another major plus, is the huge availability of free parking in Parking Lot “A”, just off of Lavendera road.
I like when farmers markets are a one-stop shop and this one does not disappoint. Locally made pastas, freshly squeezed juices, honey, baked goods and even plant starts, are just a few of the treats for sale here. If you start getting hungry while you shop, I highly recommend the sustainably harvested oysters and out of this world ceviche from La Marea of the Sea. You can shop for handcrafted cheeses, grab a unique bouquet of flowers for your weekend and there is also a professional knife sharpener, if you need to keep your utensils sharp.
The location is ideal to beat downtown traffic and located next to the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, a beautifully curated museum that has featured Dali and Andy Warhol alike, within walking distance from the market.
When you’re done shopping, head directly across the street to Dennis the Menace Park, for a picnic at this family-friendly park. Rent a paddle boat and spend a few hours on little lake El Estero, with views of Monterey Bay on one side and the park on the other. If you’re lucky, El Volcan Mexican food truck will be parked nearby, for some tasty, authentic Mexican treats.
If you’re looking to do more than just grocery shopping on your Friday afternoon, this farmers market will fulfill that desire, because of its convenient location to so many other fun activities in Monterey.