February 11, 2012 - 8:12am
Rev up the romance at the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market with everything you need to start your Valentines’ Day celebration this weekend! Treat your love to a delicious Sunday brunch, and don't forget to stash some goodies for Tuesday.
Get in the mood on Sunday morning with gorgeous berries from J.R.Organics, Kawano Farms or Pudwill Farms. Scramble farm-fresh eggs from Schaner Farms or Paradise Valley Ranch, and warm croissants from Belen Bakery or Bread & Cie. Squeeze the dozen plump oranges you grabbed from Lone Oak Ranch or Polito Farms and brew your favorite coffee beans from Café Virtuoso. (If it was us, we’d grab a bottle of Prosecco from Filippis and use some juice and raspberries to make pretty mimosas.) Put out the gorgeous Coeur Fleuri you got from Taste Cheese. Finish your beautiful brunch setting with an orchid in your sweetheart’s favorite color from Encinitas Orchids or Orchidanica, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a romantic Valentines’ Day this year. Stained glass heart cookies from Patisserie Soleil and gooey gluten-free bars from Olive Oil Café for dessert will melt your darling's heart.
Post-brunch or saved for Tuesday, jewelry is always a welcome gift! Select a hammered heart pendant from Lizzy B’s Vintage Jewelry or copper heart earrings from Angel Me. Choose a handmade paper card from Irrobat, and a carved ceramic heart from Fair Trade Décor at the top of the market to build just the right gift for your beloved.We have a great gallery of other ideas here.
Of course you can’t have Valentines’ Day without savoring something sweet! While you’re at the Mercato don’t resist picking up Caxao Chocolate’s new ‘French Kisses’… dark chocolate liquid caramel mixed with chili and covered with a layer of rich dark chocolate. You know the way to your partner’s heart is gift boxes from Sea Salt Candy Company or Eclipse Chocolat. To satisfy your gluten free honey’s sweet tooth pick up a bag of gluten free Red Velvet cake mix from Sustainable Pantry, bake, decorate and serve before dinner.
Don’t forget a bouquet of fresh cut local flowers from Hidalgo Flowers, Maldonado Growers or Dramm and Echter, and firewood from Gilbert Quintos to set the mood. When it comes to romance, the Little Italy Mercato offers one-stop shopping!