Looking for fresh produce in Ventura County? "Lettuce" help you! There are nearly 20 farmers' markets in and around Ventura County throughout each week, not to mention another dozen or so stores and Community Supported Agriculture programs that sell organic produce.
Times, dates and places subject to change. Let us know of any updates!
FARMERS' MARKETS (In "day of the week" order)
CAMARILLO: (SEASONAL MARKET: Closed mid-December until re-opening May 13, 2015) Wednesday 3-7pm Pleasant Valley Certified Farmers' Market and Crafters' Corner is a partnership between Ventura County Certified Farmers' Markets and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District at the Camarillo Community Center parking lot, 1605 E. Burnley Street. vccfarmersmarkets.com/pleasant-valley-camarillo. One fun aspect to this market is that the PVRPD hosts a fun family event, like movies, concerts and games.
VENTURA: Thursdays 3pm to 7pm at Ventura Community Park, 901 South Kimball Road Visit theharvestgathering.vpweb.com or www.facebook.com/EastandWestVenturaFarmersMarket for more information. Open rain or shine.
MOORPARK: Fridays 3 pm to 7 pm at Miller Parkway and Los Angeles Avenue (Village at Moorpark Shopping Center - Petco and Staples parking lot) (805) 290-5670
SIMI VALLEY: Fridays 11 am to 3:30 pm at Simi Valley Civic Center Plaza, 2757 Tapo Canyon Rd., next to TGI Friday's. This market opened on 7/21/06 and has operated continuously since then www.coastalpacific.info/simi_valley.php or 805.643.6458 (reconfirmed 11/30/14)
VENTURA: Saturdays 1:30pm to 6 pm in the North Bank Plaza parking lot next to the former Century Theatres 16, Johnson Drive and Northbank Road.
LOCAL STORES WITH FRESH PRODUCE:
Underwood Family Farms Market at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark has farm fresh produce, pickled items, honey, nuts, juices, dried beans, farm fresh eggs and fresh cut flowers. Moorpark location is usually closed from late December through February. Open 9am to 6pm March to November and weekends in December (5pm after DST). Call 805.529.3690.
McGrath Family Farm at 505 North Wood Road, Camarillo is open March through December 9am to pm and offers organic fruits, flowers and vegetables. Freeway convenient off the Central Avenue offramp of the 101. Call 805.983.0333.
Lassen's Natural Foods, with locations in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura and Simi Valley, has offered fresh produce since 1971.
Sprouts Farmers Market (600 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks) is at the corner of Lynn/Hillcrest adjacent to the Oaks Mall. This grocery store sells local farm fresh produce as well as a full range of other natural grocery items as well as a deli, baked goods, etc. Hours 7am to 10pm. Call 805.716.4373.
Whole Foods Market opened at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard on June 19, 2013. Located at 650 Town Center Drive. Hours 8am to 10pm 7 days/week. 805.751.4300
A & F Country Market is at 4550 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. From Thousand Oaks, take Victoria offramp from 101 south to Olivas Park and make a right. Store is on your left. Nice stop on your way to/from the Olivas Adobe and Ventura Harbor Village. 805.644.5470.
Pierce College Farm Center in Woodland Hills is open 10 am to 6 pm 7 days a week www.piercefarmcenter.com
The Berry Best stand at 3030 Dodge Road (at Pleasant Valley Road, just east of Rice Avenue) is strawberry, fruit and vegetable stand. Call 805.271.4490.
CSA (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE) AND LOCAL DELIVERY PROGRAMS
Local Harvest Delivery is based in Santa Barbara and delivers harvest boxes to homes as far as Ventura and Ojai.
The Camarillo Health Care District has partnered with Food Share to distribute a variety of free produce items on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 11am to 1pm. Supplies are limited.
Farmers' Market Websites:
Farm Bureau of Ventura County: www.farmbureauvc.com/consumers.html
California-Grown Certified Farmers Markets: www.cafarmersmarkets.com
Ventura County Certified Farmers Markets: www.vccfarmersmarkets.com
Coastal Pacific Farmers Markets: coastalpacificfm.com
Retired Farmers' Markets:
SIMI VALLEY: The Simi Valley Town Center Market was discontinued effective 11/26/14 after running for a year and a half.