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Farmers' markets

PseudoNerd Mar 15, 2007 06:46 PM

While I'd *love, love, love* to be able to make it back to the Wednesday FM in Santa Monica, that's pretty much something that won't happen in...oh, for a while, given my work/school schedule.

That said, what areas have farmers markets that have a good selection of produce? It's a shame that the one in Westwood only has about...five vendors(? seven? in any case, there are definitely fewer than 10 vendors) who actually sell produce...

Recs for random weekday and Sunday ones would be much appreciated.

I keep meaning to go to the one in S. Pas, if only to walk around that area in the evening and ride around on the Gold Line...

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    emilymm RE: PseudoNerd Mar 15, 2007 06:53 PM

    Im not sure where you are but there is one in Mar Vista on Sunday mornings. Its right on Grand View Blvd. at Venice.

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      bulavinaka RE: emilymm Mar 15, 2007 07:03 PM

      The Mar Vista farmers market is on the small side, but the produce offered is very good, and there's some decent food options as well...

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      Jesdamala RE: PseudoNerd Mar 15, 2007 06:54 PM

      This is a listing of Farmer's Markets in the greater LA area by day, time, etc....it won't answer your question of what is sold where, but there are phone numbers to call, and will help you see where you might be, and on what day! I am sure other posters will have more information for you.

      http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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        mnosyne RE: Jesdamala Mar 15, 2007 09:33 PM

        Attached is a link to a more up-to-date website for LA County Certified Farmers Markets:

        http://www.farmernet.com/events/cfms

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        paprkutr RE: PseudoNerd Mar 15, 2007 07:00 PM

        The Sunday Farmers market in Hollywood is one of the best. I like it right after Wednesday's S.M. Little smaller but same great variety.

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          bulavinaka RE: paprkutr Mar 15, 2007 07:05 PM

          I went to this farmers market back in January and was amazed with how many produce vendors were there. Also, lots of flowers, a raw milk stand, some arts/crafts, and great food and baked goods. The Thai, Korean, and pupusas hit the spot, and the Los Angeles Bakery stand had some great pastries.

        2. Das Ubergeek RE: PseudoNerd Mar 15, 2007 08:13 PM

          I like the Hollywood Sunday market for size, but my market has always been the Studio City Sunday market.

          I really need to find a weekend market in or near OC.

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            bulavinaka RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 15, 2007 08:23 PM

            I would think there'd be some interesting finds at OC farmers markets... produce coming from the south and east would probably be quite different from alot of the produce found in LA, as well as the large Southeast Asian population's influence... I hope you find some great places...

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              katkoupai RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 15, 2007 08:29 PM

              Here's a link to Certified Farmer's Markets in OC. Hope it helps.

              http://orange.cfbf.com/cfm.htm

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                PseudoNerd RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 15, 2007 08:55 PM

                Didn't the Uebergeeks move too far to go to the one in Studio City?

                Wouldn't the beachy communities in the OC offer some variety? I always liked the ones in Torrance and PV, and it makes sense that more suburban areas would have better markets...

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: PseudoNerd Mar 15, 2007 08:58 PM

                  Yeah, it's too far... and it's on Sunday, so I can't go to both church AND the farmers' market. (And believe me, I wrestled with which one would win -- but I didn't fancy writing reviews of the restaurants in Hell.) I haven't been to a farmers' market since we moved. Henry's in Fullerton does NOT count, "farmers' market" though it styles itself.

                  The only "beachy" one in OC I know is the Huntington Beach market, which barely deserves to be called a farmers' market -- it's mostly crafts. However, OCAnn says that starting in April, there's a Thursday night market in Fullerton really close to my train station! If it's any good I'll have to lobby them to make it year-round. I can't be the only ex-LAite who misses the markets!

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                    ElissaInPlaya RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 16, 2007 08:41 AM

                    Haha "I didn't fancy writing reviews of the restaurants in Hell" you're on it today! I used to love the Seal Beach market on Saturdays - don't know if it's still there, maybe it's just not "certified"

                    Also, slightly tangential, Henry's Market right off the 91 at Harbor has a nice produce section and good bulk offerings.

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                      OCAnn RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 16, 2007 09:15 AM

                      Turns out that the Thursday evening downtown Fullerton Farmers Market begins 04/05/07 (runs April - October http://ci.fullerton.ca.us/civica/pres...). The selection, though not large, is decent (better than Brea's year-round FM). I like it, b/c it feels like a community event and it's a nice way to unwind after work. During the summer, they turn on the water and the kids run through it; it's dog friendly too.

                      Fullerton has a year-round Farmers Market at Independence Park; however, those are on Wednesdays, 10:00 - 14:00, so making it there during working hours is tough. My guess is that one's for stay-at-home moms (considering the hours).

                      Brea has a smaller version of Fullerton's Thurs evening FM on Tuesdays. It's at the Brea Promenade. Brea likes its dogs, but not so much the kids. I like to walk thru it on my way to Taco Tuesdays @ Frescas ($1 greasy chicken tacos). The Brea Fire Dept likes their food too. The Melting Pot is supposed to open soon; otherwise, it's an enclave for smaller chains, but I digress.

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                  Signora RE: PseudoNerd Mar 15, 2007 09:36 PM

                  I go here to find local certified Farmer's Markets, days and times. http://www.farmernet.com/events/cfms
                  Torrance has a huge market on Saturday mornings.

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                    katkoupai RE: Signora Mar 15, 2007 09:45 PM

                    Wow, what a great, comprehensive link! :) Nice.

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                      PseudoNerd RE: Signora Mar 15, 2007 10:31 PM

                      It does! It makes me wish I still lived there!

                      With work in Downtown/Little Tokyo morning to evening on Saturdays, I couldn't possibly make it in time. Oh, well...

                      I've had that link bookmarked for a while, but I figured that wasting time in traffic and gas driving around would just add to the frustrations of finding a less-than-stellar FM and decided to ask around for recs ^_^

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                      burbankfoodie RE: PseudoNerd Mar 16, 2007 08:59 AM

                      Has any one been to the Farmers' Market in Glendale on Thursday mornings? I was curious how big/good that one was and if it was worth a try. Thanks...

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                        Das Ubergeek RE: burbankfoodie Mar 16, 2007 09:15 AM

                        It used to be along Brand Blvd. near the Exchange and was just OK -- it caused a LOT of traffic jams and a lot of backups of pedestrians. Then they moved it to the vacant lot next to CPK (not sure if it's still there) and it pretty much died -- three or four vendors.

                        The Burbank Saturday market was better.

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                        Kaisgraham RE: PseudoNerd Mar 16, 2007 09:01 AM

                        If you're up to a drive to Orange County, you should go to the Saturday farmer's market on campus at UCI. It has several rows of vendors with a fabulous selection of fresh produce, breads, tamales, etc.

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                          Das Ubergeek RE: Kaisgraham Mar 16, 2007 09:15 AM

                          Good to know. How's the parking situation there (i.e., do I have to buy a frigging parking permit from those highway robbers)?

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                            chazar RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 26, 2007 10:18 AM

                            I love the UCI FM on Saturdays. We usually get there late (10;30 or 11) and we never have trouble parking. (The parking is free.) After the market, we go inside to eat at the many little chow-ish restaurants in the shopping plaza area. Also, there is a GREAT kids' book store, Whale of a Tale, for when little-uber shows up!

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