Vegan Options at UCSD’s Farmer’s Market: Part 1

The UCSD Farmer’s Market takes place every Tuesday of Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter from 10am-2pm at Town Square, adjacent to the Student Services Center. This market features farm-fresh produce and flowers, international cuisines, and even unique allergy-friendly pastries. Here, I will highlight a few of the many vegan options that can be found at the Farmer’s Market.

Pictured above are “sambusas” from “RED Sambusas.” The flavors: potato, lentil, and spinach are all vegan and are delicious! The flavorful innards are fried in a flaky, delicate, golden-brown dough that makes this vendor an evident crowd favorite. RED can be identified by its usual crowd of regulars who wait in line to get a taste of their sambusas.

The next food vendor I’d like to highlight is “Belinda’s Cocina.” They specialize in traditional Mexican food; including tacos, nachos, and burritos. Luckily, there are some options for vegans here! The refried beans have NO LARD! I ordered the “veggie burrito” with no cheese or sour cream, but opted to add potatoes (cooked only in vegetable oil). Unfortunately, their rice is cooked in chicken stock, so steer clear of that and you should be good to go!

Lastly, are the acai bowls from “Made in Brazil.”  I chose their regular acai bowl topped with strawberries, blueberries, coconut, granola, and half of a banana. I opted for no honey to make this a healthy, natural-sugar treat.

I will follow up with a part two where I will be on the lookout for Gluten Free options at the UCSD Farmer’s Market. The vendors are kind and always happy to tell you customers about their food-so if ever curious-just ask! For more information about the UCSD Farmer’s Market, you can click here.

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