This weekly market is a nexus point for the Santa Barbara community. As much a social excursion as a shopping trip, you'll see locals exchange long hugs over bunches of kale and heirloom carrots.
Santa Barbara has the perfect climate for growing almost everything, so the quality of produce is top notch. Shop by season and take home persimmons in October, cherimoyas in February, blueberries in April and strawberries throughout the summer.
Get here early to snag favorites like raw almond butter, vegetable chips and ripe cherimoyas, or come late with a crisp $20 and see what you can bargain for.
- Check out the 'visually distressed' bin at the apple stand for very affordable organic fruit. Ugly needs love too.
- The market has a mix of organic and non-organic farmers. Be sure to enquire about your produce if this matters to you.
- If you're in need of a caffeine fix, The French Press, a coffee shop across from the market, does perfectly coiffed cappuccinos. However, the line may try your patience, so opt for Recipes Bakery instead (equally close), and grab an Aussie -style flat white. Their homemade cinnamon buns will make your kale wilt.
The market is open from 8am - 1pm.