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Torrance Farmer's Market - Recs?

I am going tomorrow morning (Saturday) to the Torrance Farmer's Market for the first time.

After a search on the board, the last time it was discussed in any detail was 2003 - I think.

Any must-buys/ must-sees/ must-knows?
ex: tibits on parking, pricing, recs etc. are welcome.

Thanks Chowhounders!

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  1. How funny, we were just there last week in search of the Tuna Lady! (Local canned tuna!) But she's going to be out the next few weeks due to medical problems. As for the recs... We saw some really nice things in terms of produce, fish and products. They have Pacifica Honey, which is YUMMY! And in food section, the famous Pupusa lady is there (She's the one at Hollywood on Sundays!)

    Also, a note about parking, it's a bit rough, so be sure to be on the look out for street spots as well! :)

    --Dommy!

    1. You can park across (north) the street in the church parking lot - don't worry, they let you and used to have signage telling you could do so. That makes it easier to get leave and get back on Crenshaw.

      There are a few of the same vendors as other FM - the pupusa lady, corn maiden, kettle corn, danish donut... There is a new Japanese food vendor (next to Pupusa) and I had some takoyaki there once - it reminded me of festival food. Yum.

      There is a guy selling French pastries too - they look large and filled with lots of butter! He always sells a lot, but I haven't tried him yet.

      The Olive Man is good. He'll let you try a lot of them and then pack them in containers. He's in the middle of the market.

      I love Ken's Produce for fruit - he is also at the Hollywood and SM farmers market.

      Dress warm and have fun.

      1. Concerning parking, this is probably too late for today, but dh and I have realized that if you bring your patience, just sit in one row for 5 minutes and someone will pull out.

        1. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

          Some thoughts on the market:

          When I arrived there was a bluegrass band playing on a little stage area in the food court, and loads of families were walking around. The vibe was quaint (as most farmer's markets are) and wholesome.

          Parking was a cinch (esp. because I rode my vespa)

          The kettle corn stand had a line of about 50 people - no joke. What is up with that? Is this some amazing kettle corn?

          Had a famous papusa from the papusa lady. Beef, cheese and vegetable. It was good. I liked the pickled slaw side, but I will be asking for no mayo next week.

          The produce selection was great, pretty standard for a nice sized farmer's market.

          I will definately be going back next saturday.

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          1. re: Big Eatin Lil Girl

            Where and when is it? We're moving to OC, which isn't exactly heavy on great farmers' markets. I'd like to avoid having to drive all the way to Hollywood or SM at the weekend, so this sounds better than the local alternatives.

            If the French guy is from La Spaghettata, the pasta is serviceable, the baguettes are quite good, the brioches are very good, the pain de campagne is serviceable, and the pastries, while good-tasting, are greasy and (in the case of any fruit-filled one) oversweetened.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              http://www.ci.torrance.ca.us/Parks/66...

              Saturdays 8-12noon in Torrance at Wilson Park on Crenshaw Blvd.

              They also have a smaller one in the same place on Tuesdays from 8am-1pm.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                The farmer's market in Irvine on Saturday mornings are actually pretty decent and generally have a pretty wide selection of produce and bakery products. I don't know how that compares to Torrance, but I will find out after this weekend.

                1. re: notmartha

                  OK - went this past weekend. I think the produce and bakery selection between Irvine and Torrance is about the same. At this time of the year the selection is not very good - mostly grapes, citrus and apples. Got some snow mountain apples (they had in Irvine as well), tomatoes, and Japanese spinach. All the strawberries looked quite washed out in color, so I didn't even bother sampling any.

                  The cooked food selection is quite a bit better at Torrance. The Irvine one mainly has kettled corn and tamales, and no place to sit. There's a roasted corn, yam and potato stand at the Torrance one that was pretty good. Wasn't feeling hungry, so didn't try the pupusa lady.

                  Still looking for romanesco broccoli. I have to say the best weekend farmer's markets I've been to are at Santa Barbara and Ojai.

            2. torrance is one of the better farmers markets in southern california, in the tier just below santa monica and hollywood. i can't really speak to the prepared food--the mexican stuff is good and so are the ableskivers, if they're still there. as far as produce vendors, the olive guy is ciara west and they have really terrific stuff (they buy the cured olives then flavor them). the fish lady sometimes has really interesting things--fresh anchovies. harry's berries is there. and there are a couple of good plant people. after that, it's wander and taste. lots of good stuff.

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              1. re: FED

                Colleague and I tried the crepes at the Tuesday market a couple of weeks ago. Definitely nothing special; just something to fill the hole at lunchtime. The grilled corn stand, on the other hand, is really good. And there is a farmer's market in Huntington Beach, near the pier, Friday afternoons, and one in nearby Long Beach, just over the border from Seal Beach, behind the Wild Oats on PCH, in a parking lot accessible from both PCH and 2nd Street.