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Farmers’ Market Report: Huntington Beach

I love discovering new Farmers’ Markets. There are many throughout Orange County. My goal is to find and report on each and every one – well, eventually.

Last week, I happened upon the Huntington Beach Farmer’s Market at Huntington Pier.

Held Friday afternoons in Huntington Beach at the Pier Plaza parking lot (just north of the HB pier), it runs from Noon to Five.

The Farmers’ Market runs year-round, except during the U.S. Open in late July.

There is plenty of organic produce:

Other offerings include sustainable seafood, locally-grown flowers and some great healthy snack items.

My favorite find of the day was Delaverde chips, salsa and guacamole.

Wow, this stuff is good. Made locally with small distribution just in OC, this is a real find. The guacamole is the only guac. I have ever purchased that actually tastes like homemade.

It’s locally made, with fresh ingredients, and preservative-free. If you visit the HB Farmers’ Market, make sure you pick some of this stuff up. You won’t be disappointed.

This Farmers’ Market is often held in conjunction with a shopping fair of hand-crafted gift items such as jewelry, clothing, rugs, artwork, plaques, home decor and much more from around 50 – 100 crafters. We ventured to the craft fair next door and checked out lots of locally made goods as well.

And shopping right on the beach with a beautiful ocean breeze – you can’t go wrong.

So, which Orange County Farmer’s Market to visit next? Anyone have suggestions? Would love to hear about the markets you have visited in your area and what you recommend.

Wordless Wednesday: Photo of the Summer

Yay, my first “Wordless Wednesday” post. For future posts, I intend to share photos of all the beautiful, natural, green things I find in and around the OC. There’s lots of material there.

In honor of the last day of summer for our family, our photo of the summer:

For the most part, these posts will be wordless, but here is a short story of how this photo came to be – We were enjoying the last week of summer vacation down at Victoria Beach in Laguna. My daughter and I walked down to the beach to watch my son and husband paddle in on their paddleboards. While waiting, my daughter (who dances EVERYWHERE she goes), started dancing on the beach.

She was just dancing for the pure love of it – without a care in the world. I quickly broke out the iPhone and started snapping photos.

Many of them didn’t turn out, but then there was this one. I added the caption “Dance like no one’s watching” on Instagram because that is exactly what she was doing – just dancing for the joy of dance, the joy of the ocean, the joy of a beautiful sunset, the joy of summer. The photo above is the #nofilter version.

We will miss you, summer 2012, thank you for bringing us moments of beauty like this.