San Diego Public Market has been open to public for a couple of months now. I wanted to go and have a look around to see if the place is a lot different than the Farmer’s (street) Markets around San Diego. And yes, it’s as different as night and day; SD Public Market is definitely still in very early stages having only a handful of vendors and food stalls. As the market has been established very recently, its location is off the beaten path and it’s open only two days a week (Wed and Sun) I knew not to expect very much – but it was still surprised! It took me about 5 minutes to walk through the whole area and I saw perhaps 10 other customers there same time with me. What a bummer!
After walking to the next block and getting myself an espresso from cafe Virtuoso (which is a great coffee roaster in the neighbourhood!) I made a quick recovery and returned back to the market. On second glance the place looked already better. All vendors were very extremely friendly and helpful. I saw green eggs (which come from certain species of chicken!), tasted organic popcorn shoots and micro arugula among other things.
I got my lunch from Supernatural sandwiches. I had problems choosing from their menu as everything looked so good, and after tasting the crab meat and shrimp sandwiches I knew that already them on their own would be enough to make me come back again. I hope many others feel the same way and we’ll get to see the market growing and flourishing. It might never become as preeminent as Pike Place Market but it’s our San Diego public market and we are worth of a good one!
Ps. The parking for the market is behind the block on a alleyway – finding street parking is pretty hopeless…