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.
Certified 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
Sage 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
Sage Mountain Farm
40630 Sage Road, Aguanga, CA 92544
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.