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Posted February 2006

Eat Fresh Local Produce Year Round

TEMECULA—Get a taste of what’s local at the weekly certified farmer’s market in Temecula.  A certified farmer’s market is a designation given by the State of California to ensure that all the produce is grown locally, is sold by the grower, and that the produce meets all the state quality control standards.

Temecula Market, Backyard Dirt FarmersCertified Farmer’s Markets are great places to get farm-fresh produce that is too delicate to easily survive mass packing and shipping. Throughout the year, the market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays featuring fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, arts and crafts and much more.

One of the first to sign up for the Temecula Market, Backyard Dirt Farmers say that they literally grow their produce in their backyard. Fruits, jams, jellies, and vegetables are frequently available, including a wide variety of fresh chilies. In the spring Backyard sells tomato, pepper, and veggie plants. The farm is run by Carol and Neal – who Carol met at the Farmer’s Market. She said that she liked his vegetables so much, she married him. You can’t marry him, but you can get him to ship to you.  
Backyard Dirt Farmers
28180 Mary Place, Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 677-1018.

Temecula'sSage Mountain FarmSage Mountain Farm is getting to be one of the most well known of the local farms. They are organic and try to do as much as their harvesting the day before the market as they can. That way they ensure you are getting the freshest produce that they can provide.
Sage Mountain Farm
40630 Sage Road, Aguanga, CA 92544
(951) 767.1016

Other artisan producers are frequently at the market selling pottery, gourmet and specialty food items, herbs, honey, handmade soaps, fresh and smoked fish – the list goes on. The market is located at the Promenade Mall, 40820 Winchester Road Temecula; open Wednesday, 9am to 1pm; Saturday, 8am to noon.

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