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I love going to grocery stores. I know some people are not really into shopping or grocery shopping but I love it! I love looking at new and different products and searching for new things to cook and bake with. Over in Mission Gorge near the Kaiser hospital on Zion there’s this Farmer’s Market that I have eyed for years but have never gone into. A couple of weeks ago after a quick stop for tortas at Tropical Fruit Paradise, I managed to convince Jake that we should check it out. Not that it takes much to convince Jake to do things. Maybe it’s because he likes me or something.
I kind of dig that this sign looks all beaten up and worn out.
Outside before you walk in there’s lots of herbs and plants for gardening.
And various specials – like melons and berries!
More herbs! And flowers! It seems like they have a little bit of everything.
They also carry locally made bread and other baked goods. A few of the racks here have bread from the La Jolla Baking Company (which, funny enough, is in Mira Mesa – I guess Mira Mesa Baking Company didn’t sound as glamorous).
Fried fruits, nuts, trail mixes, candies.
This was also a Mediterranean market and lots of various Mediterranean goods. Here’s some various low sugar pastries (such as raisin cookies, zaban with jam, and pies).
There were lots of fruits and also… Julian Pie! For only $11.99! They sell the Julian Pies at Albertson’s for $14.99 so this is a steal. Of course we got one.
Some various hummus and dips from Oasis Naturals made here in San Diego. They had a bunch of different flavors of hummus, such as roasted red pepper, kalamata olives & chives, roasted garlic & chives, artichoke, basil & sun dried tomato, cilantro & jalapeno and regular hummus. I didn’t try the hummus that day, I opted instead to get some tzatziki to go with the fresh pita bread.
Here’s a bunch of cans of eggplant, stuffed grape leaves and tahini. Also: fried eggplant in a can? Why?
Teas, waters, sour grape juice.
Spices. So many spices.
I told Jake to stand like a model from the Price is Right for this photo of Giant Beans.
They do indeed look giant.
I had no idea what this is, but wikipedia tells me that “…the flavor has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple, with sour citrus flavor notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana.” Sounds complicated.
More drinks! I don’t think I’ve seen a banana drink before.
Here what I actually purchased! Obviously, a Julian apple pie. Dutch apple crumb, forever and ever.
I’m not sure what to do with these two items. Maybe shortbread cookies? A soaking syrup for some cake? Mixed in with lemonade? If you have suggestions, please let me know!
This Oscar’s Salsa (also made locally) is our absolute favorite salsa! We used to get the medium level. One time we decided to buy the hot because A) someone told us it wasn’t really that hot and B) they were out of medium. We tried it and I actually ended up preferring it over the medium. It’s not super spicy and has tons of flavor!
I also tried the Tzatziki sauce with that fresh pita bread (which was so so so good – the pita bread was FLUFFY and light and had the perfect texture once you heated it up in a skillet). This tzatziki was okay – the bits of cucumber in it are cut chunky and I don’t think I like the big chunky pieces. I’d rather have it ground up finer and mixed well into the yogurt sauce.
I also got these two little snacks – just because they’re hazelnut! They were pretty much just wafers with a slight hazelnut chocolate flavor to them. I was hoping they’re be creamier but they were both a bit too dry and didn’t have enough filling for my tastes.
I’m definitely heading back here for more of that delicious pita bread and cheap Julian pies! There was a lot of items/products I wasn’t familiar with that I’d like to check out sometime on a future revisit to the market. Everything seemed pretty reasonably priced here with a good selection for fruits and veggies.
10407 Friars Rd
San Diego, CA 92120