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Farmers Markets

Growers from around Southern California bring the bounty of the land to Surf City USA at neighborhood farmers markets. Strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, and citrus from the region's fabled groves, plus all sorts of other seasonal delicacies, are available every day of the week.

The Surf City Nights Certified Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach from 5-9 pm. This block-long market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, local honey, gourmet salt, olive oils and vinegars, baked goods, and dried fruit and nuts. Look for the "Apple Guy," or Phillip Shin of Ha's Apple Farm, who carves incredible - and edible - artworks out of his apples and hands them out as delicious samples. It's quite a show, and he even takes requests. As a bonus, the Surf City Nights Street Fair happens same time, same place, and always makes for an entertaining evening.

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On Friday afternoons, rain or shine, you'll find the Huntington Beach Certified Farmers Market run by the Orange County Farm Bureau on the north side of the pier. Fresh produce, baked goods, organic meats and seafood, and specialty food products abound at this weekly display. Another bonus: The Pier Plaza Art-A-Faire showcasing local artists happens same time, same place.

Surf City NightsThe family-run Huntington Beach Farmers Market combines the spirit of a "pop-up" farmers market with the convenience of a neighborhood store. The brick and mortar is open daily on Gothard Street near Bella Terra and stocks seasonal local produce, as well as meats, cheeses, baked goods, bulk items, dairy, imported treats, and even plants. Yes, this one comes with a bonus too: Come hungry and grab a bite from their Mediterranean kitchen, serving up plates like kefta, chicken kababs, tabouli salad, grape leaves, and baba ghanoush.

You can also find local produce at Mother's Market, Orange County's favorite organic supermarket. The Market and adjoining Kitchen are a favorite among vegans and vegetarians.