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7 Farmers Markets in Los Angeles You Need To Check Out if You’re in the Neighborhood!

November 25, 2014 by Kate Maier

Prepping for Holiday meals? Whether you’re throwing a Friendsgiving or Chrismukkah potluck, a stop to your local famers market will always result in fresh food at a low cost.

So it’s time to break your weekly routine with your friends Ralph, Von, and TJ-because deep down, you know you want that basil artichoke dip.

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To get your started, check out the list of seven of our favorite Los Angeles farmers markets below, in no particular order!

A produce stand at The L.A. Farmers Market. Credit: k lachshand via: flickr

A produce stand at The L.A. Farmers Market. Credit: k lachshand via: flickr

1. West Hollywood Farmers Market: Not Just Another Manic Monday

If you’re in the WeHo area on a Monday, it’s an excellent idea to stop by Plummer Park. At the West Hollywood Farmers Market, you can grab fresh vegetables and fruit without the stress many other markets have. With roughly 12 vendors, the slow pace of this market will allow you more time to chat with the vendors about their goods.

Pro-Tip: If you’re in search of fresh fish, this is the market for you!

Where & When: Plummer Park, 1200 N. Vista St. Fountain Ave 90046
Monday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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2. Hollywood Farmers Market: The Mecca of all Markets

One of the largest farmers markets in L.A, this is the market to go if you want a substantial variety of options to choose from. Although known for its affordable organic produce, you can also grab fresh flowers at booths like Bender Farms or Rancho Santa Cecilia. If you’re in the pursuit of exotic produce, several vendors offer Buddha hands, tromboncino squash and African horned cucumbers. With so many booths to explore, it’s possible to lose track of time at this market. Luckily, there is no need to sweat about the parking situation; validated parking is offered for $3 in the Arclight parking lot around the corner.

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Pro-Tip: If you are serious about attending this market, it is highly recommended to show up early in order to beat the hung over crowd rolling in around 11 a.m. in search of free samples.

Where & When: 1600 Ivar Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90068
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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3. Studio City Famers Market: Bring the Whole Family

Right off Ventura Blvd, Ventura Place is filled with tons of action every Sunday morning. Kids truly enjoy the farm animals and face painting way more than learning a good price for a Kale bundle. The spice and tea vendor offer a great selection and loose-leaf tea for little cash.

Pro-Tip: Check out Uncle Berch’s Foods California Olive Oil Stand; Not only do they offer a variety of olive oils, but you can also grab balsamic vinaigrette in flavors like “pear strawberry” or “cherry lime.”

Where & When: Ventura Place, Studio City, CA 91604
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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4. The Farmers Market at the Grove: A True L.A Landmark-et

First opening it’s doors in 1934, the Farmers Market at the Grove now operates a consistent seven days a week. With over 100 shops, restaurants, and grocers, there is a low possibility you won’t leave with something in your hand. If you happen to go on a busy weekend, you might have to fight for your parking spot, but the true foodies of LA know that it’s worth it.

Where & When: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Everyday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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5. Atwater Village Farmers Market: Parking Lot Paradise

Known for the delicious Pupusas, Tamales, and Tacos, the Atwater Village Farmers Market is a hidden gem in East L.A. Grab an organic coffee at Cafecito Organico and check out the market steals: the eggs, bread, and cheese are ranked as some of the cheapest items at this market.

Where & When: 3250 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039 (in the Wells Fargo Parking Lot)
Sunday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
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6. Mar Vista Farmers Market: Sunday Deals!

Every Sunday the Mar Vista Farmers Market rolls out an impressive selection of fresh produce stands, meat vendors and food booths. There is plenty of produce to choose from and you might even see some Whole Foods produce vendors there too, selling for half the price!

Where & When:  Grand View Ave and Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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7. Santa Monica Farmers Market: Something for Everyone

With 50 vendors it is no wonder this farmers market is one of the most popular and populated! Come early to beat the rush and get your hands on gorgeous flowers, produce and even fresh shucked oysters. Can’t make it on a Saturday? The Santa Monica Famers Market travels throughout the city all week. Check the link below for the entire schedule.

Where & When: Arizona Ave. & 3rd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday,  8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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More L.A. Farmers Markets

If you’re looking for more options than just the above seven, check out some of the other farmers markets in and around Los Angeles:

Alhambra Farmers Market
Burbank Farmers Market
Culver City Farmers Market
Echo Park Farmers Market
Long Beach Downtown Farmers Market
Long Beach Local Harvest Farmers Market
Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market
Pasadena Farmers Market
Torrance Farmers Market

Have a favorite farmers market in the city? Any tips for getting the best in organic produce? Let us know in the comments below!

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