When you arrive at your rental property, you’ll be excited by all the equipment in your kitchen. But, what to use it on? The best place to get inspiration for meals is a local farmer’s market. Santa Barbara has several to choose from, and they’ll provide the perfect additions to your table and more. If you’re looking to save money on ingredients and add local flavor to your food, a farmer’s market is the place to go!
What is It?
Farmers markets are where local farmers sell their fresh produce and wares. Here, you can get food grown locally and freshly harvested. Artisans also often set up shop here, bringing handcrafted goods that offer everything from centerpieces to souvenirs. The products change with the seasons, so you never know what you’ll find!
There’s a lot to be said for fresh food. Only the best restaurants can afford to bring out the best of these ingredients, so if you want the greatest dishes without sacrificing money, you need to track them down yourself at a farmer’s market! Don’t compromise with ready-to-eat meals that use corn syrup or food coloring to mask their lost quality. Use fresh ingredients and your meal will be better-tasting and better for you!
Where and When?
If you’re interested in the classic feeling of a downtown farmer’s market, then head to downtown Santa Barbara on Saturday or Tuesday; the market’s open from 8:30am to 1pm on Saturday, and 4pm to 7:30pm (summer hours) on Tuesday.
The Goleta Farmer’s Market in the Camino Real Marketplace happens on Sundays from 10am to 2pm, and on Thursday from 3pm to 6pm.
Carpinteria also hosts a farmer’s market on Thursdays from 3pm to 6:30pm (summer hours).
If you’re taking a daytrip to Solvang, consider going on Wednesday, when their farmer’s market is open from 2:30pm to 6:30pm (summer hours) at Copenhagen Drive and 1st Street.
Finally, check out Montecito’s farmer’s market for a weekend’s worth of groceries on Fridays, open from 8am to 11:15am in the morning.
As a bonus, thanks to California’s spectacular climate, farmer’s markets are open year-round! Markets typically close a little earlier in winter, however.
Paradise Retreats: Providing for the Perfect Provisions
What use is a farmer’s market if you’re staying at a hotel? Stay with Paradise Retreats and you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen, so you can enjoy top-quality food in your top-quality vacation rental. The kitchens are just one of the many perks of our properties—call us at 1-805-275-1851 or click here to view our properties!