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Santa Barbara’s enviable climate and local farming culture is a chef’s fantasy. But even those of us who are not professionals in the kitchen can enjoy the region’s fresh vegetables and other homemade farmers market goods. Whether you want to go grab some ingredients for your own home cooked meal, have something prepared right in front of you, or experience the full farm-to-table preparation and dining process, the area’s many farmers markets have something for you to enjoy:

Santa Barbara Public Market

The Santa Barbara Public Market is more than a farmers market, it is a food-lover’s paradise. While a spacious interior filled with various vendors and proprietors selling produce from local farms, there’s also a breadth of sustainably produced organic prepared foods and wine, as well as active restaurants. Patrons can scoop up some sauteed broccoli, fresh watermelon, crab cake burgers and so much more. An afternoon spent at this market is sure to leave you full, and quite possibly with bags full of veggies and snacks.

Santa Barbara Public Market
38 W Victoria St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market

Since the early 1980s the Santa Barbara Farmers Market has brought local farmers to accessible locations throughout the county to bridge the gap between crops and kitchens. Today, the market sources sustenance from a variety of local farms specializing in everything from nuts to beef to olive oil. A walk through the market is as visually eclectic as it is flavorful. Multicolored carrots, bright jams in glass jars, large artichokes and strawberries so red they look photoshopped are a just a few of the fresh delights available every day at this traveling market.

Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market
Weekly Schedule & Locations Here

Market Forays with Laurence Hauben

Santa Barbara’s opportunities to pick up fruits and vegetables at farmers markets are plentiful, but what to do with these ingredients is a whole different challenge. Through Market Forays with Laurence Hauben, you can spend a day traveling to the region’s fishing docks and farmers’ markets to pick up everything you need to cook a great meal. The shopping session then becomes a cooking class with renowned French chef and food and wine writer, Laurence Hauben. This fun experience takes the best ingredients that Santa Barbara farmers markets have to offer and shows you how to turn them into one delicious, nutritious meal.

Market Forays with Laurence Hauben


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