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Farmers Market at Irvine Regional Park

For some fresh, locally grown, organic produce head over to Irvine Regional Park’s Farmers Market on Tuesday’s from 9 am – 1 pm.

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 Vendors feature locally grown organic vegetables and fruits, which include some of the sweetest Pluots I’ve ever tasted. They also sell freshly baked artisan bread, specialty nuts, Mediterranean and Hispanic food (with some really delicious looking tamale options) eggs and flowers. It is operated by the Orange County Farm Bureau.  Every farmer who sells at the certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner to make sure they actually grow the commodity being sold.

The Irvine Regional Park farmers market provides enough choice without being too big. Parking is right next to the market and a lovely little playground sits right behind it. Entrance to Irvine Regional Park is FREE if you let them know your attending the Farmers Market.

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Irvine Regional Park also includes the Irvine Park Railroad train ride, pony rides, the OC Zoo, ponds, picnic tables, playgrounds and walking paths.

  • Location: Irvine Regional Park
  • Address: 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92862
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Parking at Irvine Regional Park costs $3 on weekdays, but will be free Tuesday mornings for those who tell the entry booth attendant they are going to the market.
  • Venue: Irvine Regional Park

  Here ‘s a complete list of all the farmers markets in Orange County sponsored by Orange County Farmers Bureau

Tuesday

Irvine Regional Park –1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 9AM – 1 PM (rain or shine)

Wednesday

Tustin – Corner of El Camino Real and 3rd Street, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain or shine)

Thursday

 Costa Mesa –Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain or shine)

Westminster- Westminster Mall parking lot, Bolsa Ave & Goldenwest St., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain or shine)

Friday

Laguna Hills –Laguna Hills Mall Parking Lot, the 5 Freeway and El Toro Road, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain or shine)

Huntington Beach –Pier Plaza, Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway (next to the pier), 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (rain or shine)

Saturday

Laguna Beach –Lumberyard Parking Lot next to the City Hall, 8 a.m. – Noon (rain or shine)

Irvine –University Center on the corner of Bridge and Campus (across from UCI), 8 a.m. – Noon (rain or shine)

Laguna Niguel- Plaza De La Paz Shopping Center on the Corner of La Paz and Pacific Park, 8 a.m. – Noon (rain or shine)

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Nature as the Teacher

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I volunteer at our school garden and today was our scheduled garden day. Due to the extreme heat we are experiencing I had to cancel it. Even though I’ll put it back on the calender next week, I did this with a bit of regret. I know how much the children love it. It is the most gorgeous garden. For me, this is another way of reaching out and helping,  but also a way to get to know other parents. Another way of refining myself.

The entire school, class by class spends time in the garden each month. Each class has a team of parents that help the children who learn by planting, maintaining the garden and composting (they love composting). One of the most interesting things to me is that even the children who do not like to eat fruits or vegetables love going to the garden.  They love harvesting time and celebrate by having salad. Each Tuesday, we can buy some of the harvested fruits and vegetables along with baked goods, lemon pops and green juice, all made with things grown in the garden.

I’m kind of bragging about our school garden because it is truly a labor of love and definitely something to brag about.  This is a description of the garden in the Orange County Register “150 parents involved in the TMA organic Garden and Nature Center, which broke ground in 2008 and is the most extensive school garden in Orange County”.  I think it’s a great place for the children to learn. Next week I’ll write about our time in the garden. Until then, here’s the article that appeared in the Orange County Register.

 Nature as Teacher.

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