The Monterey Peninsula is world-renowned for its animal and plant diversity and its rich cultural heritage. Equally wonderful but less well-known is the abundance of fresh, local, and often organic food that abounds along California’s Central Coast. If you’re like us and you’re excited about food, Monterey is the place for you.
On Monday, from 3-7, neighboring Pacific Grove has a California Certified Farmer’s Market at the corner of Central and Grand Ave. Stroll along and sample fresh, locally sourced food.
On Tuesday from 9-1 at the Barnyard Shopping Village in neighboring Carmel there is yet another opportunity to enjoy all the richness that the Central Coast has to offer: 25 farmers and vendor have a variety of produce, grass-fed meat, seafood, organic eggs, flowers, local honey (which is good for combatting Central Coast allergies), and potted flowering plants. Another opportunity for a dazzling mid-morning stroll through picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Once you’ve walked around Carmel’s farmer’s market, chances are you’ll be ready for a nap before setting out once again. Return to your garden oasis room at the Old Monterey Inn for a nap, a soak in a Jacuzzi tub, and sip of wine at out complimentary Wine and Hors d’oeuvres.
Later on that same Tuesday, downtown Monterey closes its main street to cars, and opens it up to pedestrians and vendors for the Monterey Farmer and Artisan Market! From the Old Monterey Inn to the Monterey farmers market is only a five minute walk. Enjoy flowers, music, color-chancing mugs, sweaters, fresh (delicious) pasta, produce and more! An hour or so will give you plenty of time to sample most everything, make a few purchases, and find your way to a local restaurant like Montrio or Restaurant 1833. A wonderful, relaxed evening indeed!
Believe it or not, there are even more farmers markets within 10 minutes of the Old Monterey Inn—On Friday from 10-2, the Monterey Peninsula College hosts over fifty farmers and vendors (most of whom are certified organic/and or sustainable). The market boasts a selection of grass-fed meat and poultry, fish, oysters, cheeses, olive oil, fresh (delicious!) pasta and homemade sauces, organic juices, artisan bread and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, eggs, flowers, seedlings, herbs, vegetables, and nuts. You’ll wish you could conjure a wheelbarrow out of thin air to carry everything you want to buy!
And last, but certainly not least, on Sunday morning from 8-12, the Del Monte farmers Market welcomes visitors with an equally stunning selection of produce, artisan baked goods, and flowers. After enjoying a decadent breakfast at the Old Monterey Inn, the Del Monte Farmers market would be a perfect stroll.
If the farmers markets are any indication, there is food and flavor aplenty on the Monterey peninsula, and we are excited to share our bounty with you!