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70º | Mostly cloudy | 2% chance of rain | Sunrise 5:40 a.m. | Sunset 7:55 p.m. | High tides 12:27 a.m. and 3:03 p.m. | Low tides 8:02 a.m. and 7:35 p.m.
🥬 You had us at local and fresh
Get ready to fill up your reusable shopping bags with fruits and veggies, San Diegans.

In the spirit of supporting all things local, we’ve rounded up 16 farmers markets in the San Diego area where you can head outside to find fresh food, live music, and local vendors.

Little Italy Mercato

It’s perfect weather for local shopping. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Little Italy Mercato | Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m., year-round
  • Features: Shop flowers, art, produce, food, and more at this 6-block market with rotating vendors.
  • Parking: Street parking is limited — explore nearby lots. Note: Saturday’s market tends to bring more crowds and vendors.
Hillcrest Farmers Market | Sundays, year-round| 9 a.m.-2p.m.
  • Features: You’ll find 175+ vendors, new merchants weekly, live music, food, and local produce.
  • Parking: Free parking on surrounding streets and in the San Diego Unified School District, California DMV, and USPS lots.
People browsing vendors at the Third Avenue Market in Chula Vista

Fruits, flowers, and cookies. | Photo via @sd.jes

Third Avenue Village Market | Sundays, year-round | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Features: This market launched in 2022 and brings 60+ vendors selling locally-grown produce, prepared foods, and artisan goods to downtown Chula Vista.
  • Parking: Metered street parking, or find a public lot.
Vista Farmers Market | Saturdays, year-round | 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Features: This North County market has been operating since 1981 — making it San Diego County’s longest-running farmers market. It features over 50 farmers, 40+ foodmakers, and over a dozen local crafters.
  • Parking: The market is at the Superior Court North County Division, and the lot has 600+ parking spaces.
Sunflowers being help in front of the Ocean Beach Farmers Market

This is our type of sunny market. | Photo via @hidalgo_flowers_sd

OB Farmers Market | Wednesdays, year-round | 4-8 p.m.
  • Features: The eclectic beach community hosts 100+ vendors selling food, crafts, pre-packaged meals, and more.
  • Parking: Street parking, or find a nearby lot.
How much revenue do farmers markets and on-farm stores bring in across the US?

A. $1.6 million
B. $10.6 million
C. $1.9 billion
D. $2.9 billion

See the answer in the Wrap.

Tuesday, March 21
  • National Geographic Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience | Through Sunday, May 7 | Times vary | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar | $32-$80 | A vibrant, multimedia experience that takes you to Egypt — and into the history of King Tut and his tomb.
  • Riz La Vie | Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $17.50 | The indie rap artists takes the stage.
  • Mario Kart Tournament | Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 7-9 p.m. | Duckfoot Brewing Co., 8920 Kenamar Dr., San Diego | Free | Grab pints and race through the Mushroom Kingdom.
Wednesday, March 22
  • The Outsiders | Through Sunday, April 2 | Times vary | La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. | $25-$75 | Gather your Greasers for the musical about Ponyboy and his friends in 1967 Oklahoma.
  • City Ballet’s: Inspiration in Motion | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. | $37.50-$81.50 | A showcase of innovative ballets that pay tribute to City Ballet’s resident choreographers, Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoffrey Gonzalez.
Thursday, March 23
  • Griselda Rosas: Yo Te Cuido | Through Sunday, Aug. 13 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla | $25 | The focus on female talent continues with this solo exhibition featuring new textile drawings and sculptural installations by the artist based in San Diego and Tijuana.
  • French Quarter in the Gaslamp Quarter Collaboration Dinner | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 6-9 p.m. | Provisional Kitchen, 425 5th Ave., San Diego, CA, San Diego | $85 | Executive Sous Chef Brandon Sloan of Provisional Kitchen and Chef Quinnton “Q” Austin of Louisiana Purchase collaborate on a 3-course, New Orleans-inspired menu.
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News Notes

  • 59º | Rain | 100% chance of rain
  • The National Weather Service expects heavy rain this morning with showers continuing into tomorrow. Coastal parts of San Diego County can expect between 1.5-2.5 inches of rain while inland areas could see up to 3.5 inches. Additionally, a High Wind Warning is in effect in coastal areas until 10 p.m. tonight. (National Weather Service)
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 6:51 a.m.
  • Set: 7 p.m.
  • Low: 3:46 a.m. + 4:10 p.m.
  • High: 9:52 a.m. + 10:23 p.m.
  • Water Temperature: 57°
  • Governor Gavin Newsom visited San Diego and announced an initiative to provide more housing and mental health services for Californians experiencing homelessness and addiction. The measure will be on the 2024 ballot and will also provide funding to support veterans — to which, Newsom said, “Nobody does it better than San Diego.” (AP News)
  • Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is traveling to Washington, DC, to share details of San Diego’s reimagined behavioral health system. Fletcher will also meet with government agencies to seek support for efforts to end veteran homelessness.
  • The Metropolitan Transit System board approved a plan to make the upcoming Rapid 227 its first all-electric bus route. The route will run from the Otay Mesa Transit Center to Imperial Beach and connect to the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley. Zero-emission services will begin this fall. (Times of San Diego)
  • Put your paws together — two Andean bear cubs have made their debuts at the San Diego Zoo. The duo were born in December to their mother Alba, and staff have been watching the pair through a baby monitor to determine when they’d be ready to swap their private den for a public one. (NBC 7)
  • Here’s the tea — a new Daboba has opened in Rancho Bernardo. The Taiwanese boba chain also has locations in Kearny Mesa and Santee. During its soft opening the new store is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m., daily; hours may change with its grand opening, expected next month. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Six trailblazing women were inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame during its first in-person ceremony since 2019. A posthumous award was also given to Old Town nurse and midwife Juana Machado, and the ceremony recognized the efforts of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • A pretty fly show is coming to the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The Offspring is bringing their “Let The Bad Times Roll” tour to the Chula Vista venue with guests Sum 41 and Simple Plan. General public tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.
  • What’s in: red light therapy. What’s out: forms of treatment that are painful and invasive. Red light therapy is non-invasive and painless, and evidence suggests it may be able to ease body aches, heal sun damage, and build collagen. Brb — we’re adding this easy-to-prop light and this facial massager to our Amazon cart.
🍔 The competition is heating up
SDtoday Best Burger Bracket round 2
Two semifinalists will make it to the top spots. | Photo via SDtoday
We’ve got some passionate readers. After 400+ votes, here are the local burger restaurants that moved on to the next round of our bracket:
Who will face off in the championship? Cast your votes now through 12 p.m. on Monday, March 27. We’ll reveal the top two facing off in the finals of our burger bracket in our newsletter on Wednesday, March 28.
The Wrap
Michael Beausoleil Today’s Edition By:
From the Editor
Good morning, San Diego. Today is the first full day of spring, and when I think of the season in San Diego, I think of jacaranda trees. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen those purple petals yet — but don’t worry, that’s not uncommon. While they can bloom in March, they’re often visible in April and last until June.

Missed yesterday’s newsletter? Explore traditional spring activities in San Diego.
Quiz Answer:     $2.9 billion
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