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farmers market

Yesterday, we spent some time walking around State Street to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. On Tuesday evenings from 4-7:30 pm the 500-600 blocks of State Street close down to cars and becomes a promenade of fresh produce.  We found a wide selection of strawberries and fresh pre-summer fruits.  There were also stands of flowers, pistachios, honey, and so much more.  The best part of it all was just the community of people you get to walk with and those behind the tables of food.  Come check out the farmers market when you’re in town. There usually is one happening any day of the week:

Farmers Market Schedule:

  • Thursday: Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta, 3-6:30pm or 800 block of Linden Ave in Carpinteria, 3-6:30 pm
  • Friday: 1100-1200 blocks of Coast Village Road in Montecito, 8-11:45 am
  • Saturday: Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets in downtown SB, 8:30-1pm
  • Sunday: Camino Real Marketplace, 10-2pm
  • Tuesday: 500-600 blocks of State Street in downtown SB, 4-7:30pm


Santa Barbara is typically known for its beautiful beaches and breath taking hills.  What tends to go unseen are some of its hidden gems.  Within Santa Barbara are also serene gardens.  Some of them are locked away in Montecito or hidden in the hills, but then there are those that live within the main city itself.  One of those gardens is Alice Keck Park.  It occupies one square of the downtown area.  There are more than 75 different tree and plant species within the park.  Benches line a walkway that takes you throughout the beautifully landscaped property. There is no entrance fee or time limit (well, look out for parking limitations). It is free for all to enjoy.