Los Angeles farmers’ markets are unlike anywhere else, thanks to the Southern California growing season. There are dozens of California-certified farmers’ markets scattered across the county; it can be daunting to decide which one to try first. The following list highlights some of the best in the area.
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
Most chefs in the area peruse the organic, fresh wares offered by Santa Monica Farmers' Market on Wednesday mornings, which is considered one of the best days to visit this particular market. However, it is also open on Saturdays. The Santa Monica Farmers' Market claims to be the largest growers-only market in SoCal. Foodies flock to the shop for their endless array of in-season produce. If you're unsure where to look first, ask for a sample or see which booth is most popular. There's nothing wrong with following the crowd when the options are this fresh!
South Pasadena Farmers' Market
Since 1999, the South Pasadena Farmers' Market has supported weekly visitors keen on purchasing fresh, high-quality produce generally picked within one day of appearing at the vendors. All of their certified farmers grow their produce; none of it comes secondhand. This market has been recognized by LA Weekly, Pasadena Star News, NBC Channel 4, and more throughout the decades. Apart from their excellent goods, the market also hosts free public events like the Annual Bike Clinic, Health & Wellness Festival, Holiday Tree Lighting, and an annual free flu shot clinic.
Hollywood Farmers' Market
Sponsored by the SEE LA organization, the Hollywood Farmers' Market is a long-running market more attractive to locals than some of the area's most glitzy and glamorous hotspots. The market has evolved from its humble 1991 beginnings when it was just one of a few markets in the area. But over the years, it became increasingly successful, uniting farmers and producers from all over the region. Today, the market hosts over 160 farmers, producers, and food artisans specializing in seasonal crops. You'll also find artisans selling handmade gifts, and sometimes notable authors stop by to host book signings.
Studio City Farmers' Market
Voted Most Kid-Friendly Farmers Market by Los Angeles Magazine and A Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Winner, Studio City Farmers' Market is filled with fun, family-friendly activities, and shopping. Adults can pick through the veggies, free-range meats, and local seafood while the kids enjoy the play area, petting zoo, bounce house, and more. They even have a train ride for children to take to begin their day at the market. Grab lunch from one of the food vendors, selling things like pizza, tamales, and tacos.
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