The Santee Farmers Market: A Place For Community, Fresh Produce, and So Much More

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The Santee Farmers Market is a great place to buy fresh, local produce and hand-crafted treasures. The market is open every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and is located at the corner of Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd. in Santee, CA.

Santee Farmers Market Sign
Santee Farmers Market

Some of the reasons for shopping for your food at the Santee Farmers Market are:

Freshness

Farmer’s markets sell recently picked produce — usually less than 24 hours since harvesting so it’s much fresher than store-bought.

Locally grown

Items at farmer’s markets have not “traveled” far. The carbon footprint to transport from nearby farms is teeny compared to what’s consumed over hundreds and thousands of miles by sea, air, or long-distance trucking.

Nutritional value

Nutritional content is greater with fresh and local foods since they’ve been harvested recently and haven’t been sitting on grocery shelves, in warehouses, or traveled long distances.

Shopper selecting farm-fresh produce at Santee Farmers Market
Farm-fresh produce at Santee Farmers Market

Better taste

Sample a strawberry that was recently picked. Not only is it more colorful, but the flavor is intense and nothing like what you’d find in a store.

No preservatives

Foods sold at farmer’s markets don’t need added preservatives because they won’t last as long as foods that have been sitting around for days or weeks.

Buy just what you need

You can pick one or two carrots if that’s all you need. You won’t be forced to buy an entire bag. Same with other items. Buy portions that match your needs, which means less waste and less over-eating.

Control what you’re getting

Inspect items for freshness. You won’t be forced to buy items that are pre-packaged and hard to tell their quality. In stores, foods and herbs are often sold in sealed containers. How often do you get home and open them only to find they’re over-ripe, wilted, or slimy?

Fresh peaches at Santee Farmers Market
Fresh peaches at Santee Farmers Market

Keeps our communities healthy, too

The more we support local farmers who grow food in healthy ways, the more they–and their beautiful farmland–will flourish. Buying at local markets puts money directly into the pockets of local farmers and craftspeople rather than industrial conglomerates.

The Santee Farmers Market is a great place to buy fresh, local produce and hand-crafted creations. Supporting local farmers and artists keeps our community healthy.