San Diego Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ markets are a great way to support local businesses while experiencing different parts of your town. San Diego is full of farmers’ markets (in Ocean Beach, Hillcrest, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Little Italy, to name a few), and I got the chance to go to two different markets this past week: the Ocean Beach Farmers Market and the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market. I’ve wanted to check these out since I first came to San Diego last semester, and Ocean Beach and Little Italy were places I hadn’t yet explored. So, these markets made for a fun outing. Here are my opinions on each:

Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market

4900 Newport Ave

San Diego, CA 92107

Wednesdays 4 to 8 p.m. (4 to 7 p.m. in winter)

The Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year! This farmers’ market wasn’t just about fruits and vegetables; there was a variety of fresh produce, flowers and plants, food, art and jewelry. People were singing and performing on the streets, and it was cool to hear local talent. The Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market also has scheduled live performances. You can check out the schedule on their website 

My favorite part about this farmers’ market was the jewelry vendors. I picked up awesome accessories, and I got to meet some nice local business owners. My favorite vendor was Victoria (@highfashionsinc), who sold the coolest handmade chokers. If you’re looking for some unique jewelry for Coachella like I am (or if you just want an awesome custom piece), you can message her on Instagram and see if she can create what you’re looking for!

This farmers’ market was smaller than I imagined, with its main vendors stretching along one long street a block away from the beach – but it had foods for every craving: nachos, desserts, pressed juices and smoothies, Indian, Mexican, Korean, African, pizza. There was a Mediterranean vendor where I ate the best, and biggest, gyro of my life. Flavors of East Africa, which is also at the SDSU Farmers’ Market every Thursday, pitched a tent at Ocean Beach. I get their veggie bowl with yellow rice and collared greens every Thursday after class, and it was nice to see the same workers at a different market.

Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market

519 W Cedar St

San Diego, CA 92101

Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

I personally preferred the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market over the Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market. This market was bigger and had a wider variety of foods, drinks and desserts. Because it was on a weekend morning, there were more people and families walking around, which made it very lively. I did see a few of the same food vendors from Ocean Beach, but this farmers’ market seemed to have a lot less restaurant-style vendors and a lot more specialized vendors. Specialized booths served a variety of things such as chocolates, beef jerky, creme brulee, hot sauces, guacamole, paninis and crepes. This market stretched over a few blocks, so there was more to see, eat and buy (which was a hazard for my wallet).

My favorite part about the farmers’ market in Little Italy was the food. I bought chips and guacamole salsa, creme brulee, lemonade with chile and handmade chocolates. There was so much that I didn’t get to eat – which is enough to convince me to go back next weekend! While there were plenty of art and jewelry vendors, I noticed that this market was more art-centric and didn’t sell as much jewelry as the Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market. However, it was interesting to see everyone’s unique artwork. My favorite art vendors were these two men who sold handcrafted cards – they had one for every occasion!

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Getting to know Chelsey Magaoay

Chelsey Magaoay Blaire is a studio art major in her third year at SDSU. In her spare time, she likes to take her Corgi on walks and watch Netflix. Chelsey grew up in Grass Valley, California, where nature, and boredom, were very present. To entertain herself, she did crafts such as playing with yarn and coloring in coloring-books. However, unlike the average kid who simply colored the pictures, Chelsey would add to the backgrounds. Her parents noticed this, and began to buy her sketch books. Since then, Chelsey’s love for drawing and painting has only grown.

Now, Chelsey focuses on portraits and abstract work that involves nature. Nature, along with personal experiences, inspire Chelsey’s artwork. When I asked her what art means to her, she answered, “Art is an escape.” It was an escape then, and it still is now.

Chelsey then shared her favorite pieces that she’s created.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

The first piece she chose is from her “Fantasy” project. “Fantasy” is her most recent painting, and was done in her Realm Life drawing class. She said that this class helped her figure out what direction she wants to take in the future.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

This is an embroidery piece she made last semester called, “These Hands.” It is an identity piece, as she used to play with yarn as a kid, and a representation of many ideas tangled together.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

The last piece Chelsey chose is “Self.” She created this last semester in her digital photography class. “‘Self’ is a representation of everything I comprehend…I’ve learned about being comfortable in my own skin, and I try to reflect some of that confidence in my art work.”

After she graduates, Chelsey hopes to curate her own touring gallery with a team of different artists. She believes that working in a team is part of the experience and helps you learn.

Featured image provided by Chelsey Magaoay. 

3 of The Best Coffee Destinations in San Diego

Holsem Coffee 

2911 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
619-546.8542

What is not to love about Holsem Coffee? Located in North Park, one of the most hip and artsy neighborhoods in San Diego, this coffee shop exceeds all customer expectations. It has an incredible menu that includes a variety of exotic coffees and a delicious assortment of snack plates. The cold brew drinks are insane – some examples are Colada (a creamy coconut), Banana Bread (banana bread+milk+honey), Nutella (dark chocolate+hazelnut), Lemon Meringue (lemon zest+thyme+sugar+cream) and Gingersnap (fresh muddled ginger+nutmeg+maple syrup+cream). They also serve all sorts of teas, sodas and some amazing lattes! Who knew you could order a baklava or lavender latte!? This coffee shop also stands out due to its unique style. From the modern, sleek interiors to the catchy folk/ indie playlists to the creative menu, your experience here will be unlike any other.

 

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Moniker Coffee Co.

2860 Sims Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

What I enjoyed most about this lovely coffee shop was its open, airy interiors and comfortable environment. If you’re looking for a place to study, cultivate ideas or just relax with some friends, this is the place for you. There is seating both inside (there are a few couches, bar seats, and tables) as well as outside on the patio. The aesthetics of this place is amazing- there are succulents hanging, surf boards lined up along the walls, and old fashioned beach cruisers on display as you walk in. Moniker also has a wonderful assortment of pastries and specialty coffees and teas to choose from! I got the caramelized pear tea which had a sweet honey and baked pear taste. Amazing!

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Swell Coffee Co. 

2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

There are so many perks to this beautiful coffee destination – its homey interiors, good eats, artisan coffee selection and overall great company values. I love the brick walls, wood panel flooring and many plants. Swell is the perfect study, hangout or causal lunch spot. It has plenty of indoor seating, with big tables that provide a lot of work space (great for college students or study dates), as well as outdoor and bar seating. The food options include an assortment of different sandwiches, salads, bowls and bagels. Swell also has smoothies, espresso drinks, lattes and much more! Check it out the next time you are in Del Mar or by Mission Beach and need your coffee or tea fix.

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Make a Statement

Let’s be real people, jewelry is SO important. It a way for people to express their unique style and personalize outfits. Something that I find super cool about jewelry is that each and every piece can hold significant meaning to someone. The meaning behind a necklace, ring, or bracelet is what makes it so special, and it is a tangible object that can last forever. Or, jewelry can simply be something that you saw at a store and decided to buy because you liked the design. Regardless, jewelry allows you to make a statement and let out your inner creativity.

One of my roommates, Sarah Formato, has mad style when it comes to jewelry. Let’s take a closer look at some of her staples – a few she even hand-crafted herself!

Rings! The essential accessory. Rings can add a pop of color or a touch of class to an outfit. Sarah has a large assortment of rings- she loves turquoise or jeweled rings, simple gold bands, and those with little designs (like the sun on her left middle finger). Don’t her hands look so pretty?

Photo by Rachel Joseph.

This next necklace she made herself. Inspired by the brand Free People, it is a delicate velvet choker wrap. I think this necklace looks great paired with denim to create a bohemian vibe.

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This silver statement piece definitely spices up any outfit!

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This simple choker gives a bit of an edge to the clothes.

This one is my favorite, and it is also hand-made by Sarah and inspired by Free People. This dark choker can be worn many ways: with a basic outfit, for a night out, or paired with a cute dress for a day outing.

Hopefully this has inspired you to get creative with your jewelry!

Featured Image by Rachel Joseph.