There was a great thread going on Farmer's Markets and it vanished: I guess pulled by the zealots for being promotional. (Someone had asked for advice on forming a new market, and I made a mistake asking her to let us know when it was up and running. . .when will I learn?) But there was such great feedback and questions, I'm taking a chance to resurrect some of the ideas that were flowing. I love the new Little Italy Farmer's Market (Saturday mornings) and believe that as it grows it could surpass Hillcrest as a source for great produce ( organic and otherwise beautiful) and maybe even meats and fowl. My chefman and I had patronized at least 8 other markets, until we found this one. It's not perfect, but it has its plusses. Easy to stroll and see all the vendors. Parking not great but not impossible (take quarters for meters). 3-4 organic produce vendors, including Sage Mountain. Bread & Cie, Opera pasteries. Smoked salmon, lots of food vendors. And great situation: the street overlooks the harbor and there are lots of cafes nearby. It FEELS like a real market rather than a social happening. I'm a negative San Diegan, in general, but if we push for a Farmer's Market with real farmers, ranchers, poultry- and dairypeople then maybe, just maybe, we'll get one.