Picnic Perfection Fresh from the Farmer’s Market
Want to savor the very best of summer’s bounty for the most picturesque picnic possible? We know you do, so here’s the plan. Wake up early(-ish), head on over to one of the incredible farmer’s markets in Newport Beach and get first dibs on the peak-season produce. Once you’re all loaded up with summery snacks, walk to a nearby picnic spot and set up camp. Sound good? We thought so, which is why we went ahead and rounded up the best combinations of fresh fare and swoon-worthy spots for you to enjoy. Share your summer picnic perfection with us on Instagram @visitnewportbeach!
Newport Beach Farmer’s Market
Just right across the way from the Newport Pier, the market operates every Sunday at 9 a.m. and stays open till 1 p.m. It’s flush with well-curated, abundant produce, from juicy cherry tomatoes to peaches and apricots and nectarines. Rumor has it (read: Instagram feed), there were also some sightings of mulberries at one of the market stands. Aside from the tender, juicy fruits and veggies, local vendors also offer up eggs, honey, nuts and flowers.
Picnic it up: Since this market is just a stroll from the beach, you don’t have to travel far to get that sweet summer moment of your dreams. All you really need for a good, old-fashioned picnic is the oversized blanket you packed earlier (kudos to you), and that recycled-paperboard container full of cherries you just picked up.
Corona del Mar Market
Quality and variety are tops among this market’s vendors. Just west of Pacific Coast Highway at Marguerite Avenue is the Corona del Mar Farmer’s Market. Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., the market features an array of options from vendors selling fresh fish, locally grown fruits and veggies, prepared foods and a whole lot of baked goods. There is no way you will be walking away empty-handed so make sure to bring your own market bags.
Picnic it up: Corona del Mar is a neighborhood that was basically made for the perfect picnic. With impeccable views of the ocean and cliff framed beaches, you’re sure to have your market-made-meal with a view. Spots to set up camp: 1. Lookout Point 2. Little Corona del Mar Beach 3. Inspiration Point 4. Corona del Mar State Beach 5. Bayside Drive Park.
Lido Marina Village Market
Not really a morning person? Here’s a farmers’ market for you. The Lido Marina Village Market opens for business every Wednesday at noon and lasts till about 5 p.m. It’s small, but mighty, packed with all sorts of fresh goods like microgreens, bottles of hot sauce, homemade hummus and dips –and of course, a smorgasbord of fruits and veggies. You’ll also be happy to know that you can park your car for free for the first hour. However, if you shop or dine at the village, you will receive an additional two hours of free parking.
Picnic it up: Now that you don’t have to worry about parking, hunker down to one of the ample seating areas scattered around the village, and give those blueberries a taste. Even better? Plan ahead and reserve an electric boat from Lido Marina Village Electric Boat Rental. The boat comes with plush leather seats and dining set-up—because, as you know, it’s all about convenience.
Written By: Mariam Makatsaria