Farmer’s Markets Are Just Cool!

When I travel, I always like to visit the local markets, bazaars, souks or whatever they call the place where people come together to sell “things.” Fruits, vegetables, textiles, jewelry, pottery and prepared foods are just some of the ‘things’ you will find at a local market!  In many countries, market-day is truly a ‘social’ event!  Visiting with other shoppers and vendors is just as important as buying goods!  We in America are often in a hurry when we shop… we rarely take time to greet other shoppers, much-less have a conversation with a vendor!  I think many people will agree, one place in America where we can experience a more relaxed, slow-paced, fun shopping experience is at local ‘Farmer’s Markets.’  Fortunately, here in San Diego there are a few great Farmer’s Market, or like the one in Hillcrest is called an “Open Air Bazaar.”  Call it what you wish, but a market by any other name is still just as cool.  The Hillcrest ‘Bazaar’ has grown significantly since my last visit 2 years ago.  Today there were at least a thousand shoppers and well over a hundred vendors.  Selling everything from sea-urchins to soap and smoothies to silk-scarves.  The Bazaar is held near the DMV Office in Hillcrest every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM… year round!  If you like to people-watch, sample great ethnic food from all over the world and listen to live music, spend a few hours one Sunday at the Hillcrest Open Air Bazaar!

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Fresh Veggies at the Hillcrest Bazaar!

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There are at least 1/2 a dozen flower vendors.

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Fresh Herbs a plenty.

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The Hot Bananas Jazz Group at the Hillcrest Bazaar.

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The Free Trolly stops at the Bazaar.

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Ever tried Sea-Urchins?

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Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs… AKA JOY.

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A Samosa at the Bazaar, very tasty.

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Fresh Garlic to go!

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Food from all corners of the globe!

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.