You might not think of Los Angeles as having an abundance of fresh foods to get at your local farmer’s market, but you would be wrong. The area is full of farmers producing phenomenal vegetables, fruits and other concoctions like jams that are available year round. We put together a list of the best farmer’s markets around LA for you to peruse next time you’re looking for some fresh ingredients.
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
Arizona Avenue between 2nd and 4th Streets
Santa Monica, CA
Held twice a week in Downtown Santa Monica, The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market takes over the town with a great selection of high quality locally grown fruits and vegetables from area growers. Held for the past 30 years, this farmer’s market has been at the center of it all for the local food movement, and visitors come from all over the city to sample everything from exotic citrus fruits, squash and mushrooms and tomatoes to vibrant vegetables. You’ll also find cheeses, baked goods, fresh seafood and natural meats, as well as other products like jams that food lovers get crazy over. Committed to healthy and sustainable goods, it’s an open air family friendly experience worthy of a stroll either on Wednesday from 8:30am to 1:30pm, or on Saturdays from 8:30am to 1pm.
Pacific Palisades Farmers’ Market
1037 Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
It may be a little far for some, but if you want to make a trip near the water, you’ll want to stop by the great markets that open every Sunday at the Pacific Palisades Farmers’ Market. From fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegars to artisans, crafters and food vendors offering heads of cabbage, lettuce, berries, and more, the goods are plentiful here. Open on Sundays from 8am to 1pm, other offerings include fresh flowers, grapes, cherries, oranges, figs, bundt cake, and bands that perform.
Hollywood Farmers’ Market
Ivar Avenue & Selma Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Set in the midst of the action in Hollywood is the city’s own version of fresh foods. On Sundays from 8am to 1pm, visitors take in this outdoor street market offering fresh produce from local farmers, ranchers, and vendors, who sell and market their goods. What’s the best? Well, everything from fruits, vegetables, jams, honey, fish, meats and cheeses are offered here, as well as fresh juices, dried fruits, nuts, coffee, ethnic food, baked goods and much much more. Vendors also sell clothes, jewelry, gifts and much more.
Brentwood Farmers’ Market
741 Gretna Green Way
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Want to see celebs while you stroll past the vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables and other goods? Well, then the Brentwood Farmers’ Market is the place to be. Located south of San Vicente on Gretna Green Way, each Sunday Brentwood comes alive with vendors offering everything from apples, pears, plums and peaches from the Arnett Farms, to dried fruits, fresh flowers and hard to find Asian vegetables. With a mission to “ensure an environment where genuine California Farmers can sell their fresh picked fruits and vegetables directly to the community,” the Brentwood Farmers’ Market does just that and more. Other foodie finds include kettle corn, fresh-squeezed juices, fresh eggs, as well as kids play like bounce houses and a petting zoo. It’s a great farmers’ market for kids and adults alike!
Studio City Farmers’ Market
Studio City, CA 91604
Located on Ventura Place between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Radford Avenue, visitors find ample parking at CBS’ Studios on Radford, and once there, a large amount of locally produced artisan foods and crafts. Held every Sunday from 8am to 2pm, this farmers’ market isn’t just a place to shop. In fact, it’s a meeting place where there is a community vibe that makes it feel friendlier than others. Offerings include cheeses, spices, fruits, vegetables, and much more. They even offer a bounce house, as well as a petting zoo with animals like goats for the kids.
Altadena Farmers’ Market
600 W. Palm St.
Altadena, CA 91101
Vendors come from far and wide to attend this special farmers’ market in Altadena. Open on Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm during Fall/Winter and from 4pm to 8pm during Spring and Summers, the Altadena Farmers’ Market offers everything you can imagine. Set up in Loma Alta’s Park, vendors include Almond Kulture, the Altadena Community Garden, Bliss Premium Avocados, Aris Natural Foods (Mediterranean foods), Ellwood Canyon Farms (organic vegetables, flowers, and more), Gastrobus, Shucks Oyster Bar, Whisper Farms (fresh squeezed juices) and much more.
South Pasadena Farmers’ Market
Meridian Ave & El Centro St
Pasadena, CA 91101
Offering fresh California-grown produce every Thursday rain or shine from 4pm to 8pm, this farmers’ market is held in the historic South Pasadena neighborhood. Although there are others in Pasadena, this one stands out for their great vendors selling everything from cuts of beef, to ice cream from Carmela Ice Cream.
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
9300 Block Of Civic Center Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90209
Held every Sunday, The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market offers up residents of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles an outdoor bazaar full of California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as other goods such as juices, baked foods, specialty items and much more. Set on Civic Center Drive next to the Beverly Hills’ city buildings, the market features over 60 farmers and vendors as well as special events each weekend such as story time, a pie bake and piesta, a picklefest and much more. Sample French crepes, taste fresh fruit, peek into the petting zoo, and even take your child for a pony ride at this great farmer’s market.