Demonstrating the Central Coast’s agricultural richness, farmers markets abound from Santa Cruz and Monterey to Ojai and Ventura. Click the name of a region below for a map and online calendar of the fresh and local farmers markets that happen every day of the week in many corners of this quiet corner on the edge of California.
Northern Central Coast
Powerfully influenced by the cold water upwelling from the Monterey Canyon into Monterey Bay, the Northern Central Coast climate cools down wine grapes and lettuces alike. This region hosts the highest density of farmers markets in the Central Coast. At the same time, it produces a significant volume of California’s wine grape crop for which we are so grateful.
San Luis Obispo County
Mediterranean microclimates permit productive gardens and farms all year round if you live in the parts of San Luis Obispo County that don’t experience freezing temperatures. Microclimate is destiny and dictates the types of plants that thrive in vastly different conditions across the Central Coast.
Southern Central Coast
The Southern Central Coast features the dramatic juncture of northern and southern California. A diversity of produce at markets across this region reflects these climate differences.