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Weekly Las Uvas Farmer's Market at Paraiso

Paraiso hosts a weekly farmer's market every Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Though it's not quite as big or well-attended as its monthly Coronado counterpart, it's every bit as lovable.

Pineapples (for $1), papaya, broccoli, and passion fruit are on sale every week. Fresh juices -- pineapple, melon, and passion fruit -- are also on offer. We got two juices, a pineapple, and a head of broccoli for $4.50 last week. Brian, who is the chef at Paraiso, well known for his cheesecake, also sells slices of bundt cake.

There is usually one artist, and Melody of Melody's Garden -- the natural skin care products -- is also on site with her goods. You can find honey and homemade jams as well as homemade sausage. Our favorite is the spicy garlic pork sausage, though I heard a rumor that the man who makes it is headed back to his native country for a few months. The good news is that his sausage will still be available via some of his friends.

A newer vendor offers bread and muffins, which we have yet to try -- but the muffins are big and look delicious!

Rose, the owner of Paraiso, usually has live music during the market, which makes sitting down to breakfast at the restaurant an extra-special delight.

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