After a few times eating luscious, rich seafood with lots of sight seeing and hitting up the touristy spots, the longing for simplicity came like a dark cloud over the sky. We wanted to escape to a place filled with local small eats, fresh fruits & produce, and un-commercialized charm. Just like magic, Old Monterey Farmer’s Market granted us our wish.
Began in 1991, Old Monterey Farmer’s Market happens every Tuesday around 4pm-8pm. Three and half blocks of downtown Monterey (Alvarado Street) would be filled with people smiling and laughing with their family and friends, farmers from all over California selling fresh and certified organic produce, and not to mention some local’s favorite food. I found some interesting things while walking around and enjoying the light-hearted atmosphere.
I don’t think any other farmer’s market can beat this. A guy with parrots came to the market. All the children surrounded him and looked at the parrots with large, gleaming eyes. For those who ask nicely, he would put a parrot on your hand to pet for a few minutes!
Many guys were buying large bundle of flowers for their girlfriend/wife. Everyone was smiling from cheek to cheek. Think about it, if you come to Monterey for a 5 day trip, and you have this bouquet of flower in your hotel room during the stay…..no lady would reject that idea ~
Another cool thing I found was the mug that changes color when you put hot water in it! A guy was selling them at the market, with photos of animals you can find in Monterey on the mugs. I found them amusing and good conversational pieces to give to friends, so I got 2 mugs on the go!.
I picked up a coconut drink while cruising around the market. Fresh air was blowing lightly while the sun was peeking out with soft warm rays. The sweet yet refreshing coconut juice made me concluded…
Ahhh….this is life ~
If you are visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for motorsport events, or just touring with family in Monterey, don’t miss the Old Monterey Farmer’s Market on Tuesday afternoons!
Farmer’s Market Location: 321 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
Time: Every Tuesday, starts at 4pm.