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Best Weekend Farmer's Market - Pasadena to Westside?

I would really like to explore the weekend Farmer's Market scene in LA - I live in Downtown and don't mind driving although I don't want to spend the whole day on it. I found this link in another post, http://www.latimes.com/features/food/..., which is helpful, but if anybody has a favorite, I'd really like to know! TIA!

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  1. Sunday in claremont there is the rare all organic market....the most beautiful fruit, veggies, juices and prepared food items...a good place to start and work backwards...it is open I believe from 8-12:30....have fun

    1. I love to go the the Saturday morning Farmer's Market that takes place at Pasadena High School (Sierra Madre, North of the 210) from 8-1-ish. They have great bread (the one at the back, not so much the one directly in front), cheese (some very different cheeses), lots of fruits and veggies, that annoying guy that sells pitas and hummus, etc., berries, plants, the best honey anywhere (my fave is the Chapparal), herb lady. If the guy is there that sells only tomatoes get some - they are more pricey, but just so delicious. Fresh fish, olives (ask Mike for some of the items he has hiding in his cooler (he does not advertise the wonderful muffaleta, tapenade, cheese spreads he has lurking there which makes me crazy!!).
      I also like the Sunday morning market in Alhambra (1 block east of Garfield, 1/2 block S of Main). They offer a wide variety of Asian fruits and veggies and have the peanut roaster, grilled corn, tacos, dogs, booths.

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      1. re: WildSwede

        I could say something good about just about every vendor at the Pasadena Saturday market but, the "annoying" guy with the pita happens to be an interesting person if you took the time to find out. Besides "annoying" did you try any of his goods because they happen to be fantastic. AND, I used to buy from the baker at the end across from him but I have purchased too many things that I considered stale from him and wonder why people still line up like sheep. I guess since there are no Eastern-European bakeries in the SGV, not including the Armenian or Russian/Armenian bakeries, people don't know the difference. Also, besides good stuff-produce and specialty foods, if you like to people watch, the Sunday Hollywood market is a hoot.

        1. re: Fru

          Just got done dropping all my spare cash at the Pasadena market - 2 of each kind of maybe eight varieties of summer squash, some tomatoes to cook with them, and a three-box pack of strawberries that will be either a refrigerated whipped-cream pie or shortcake. (The fish dealer had sand dabs, too, and would accept my debit card, but the line stretched to the street and she was giving some kind of lengthy demonstration to a customer, so I said The heck with it.)

          And at Thursday's South Pas market I got the most painfully beautiful pink-and-white icicle radishes, about half of which I ate with some chilled $5 GrĂ¼ner Veltliner from TJ's. I am very happy to be here, kids.

      2. I love the Hollywood Farmer's Market. Not only is it huge, but it's always packed, which means that the vendors always stock up heavily in preparation. I like getting cheese curds, aromatic vegetables, and stopping by one of the food stands. Nancy Silverton was there a few weeks ago signing books.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          Agreed! I love this market more than Santa Monica...

          --Dommy!

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            My vote goes to the Hollywood Farmer's Market, followed by the South Pasadena Thursday market, but I need to check out the ones in Claremont and Pasadena High. Yay I <3 farmers markets. So fun.

          2. From downtown your best bet, as another poster mentioned, is the Sunday Hollywood Farmers' Market -- it's probably the best farmers' market in Los Angeles bar only the Wednesday Farmers' Market in Santa Monica.

            It's on Ivar between Sunset and Hollywood. Here's a link to the webpage:

            http://www.farmernet.com/events/one-c...

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            1. re: DanaB

              SauceSupreme and DanaB have it right - the Hollywood Market is the best on the weekend. Saw friends two weeks ago who passed by the one in Santa Monica where they live and they, like me from Sherman Oaks, went to the Hollywood Market. Truly high quality produce, better selection of flowers, including birds of paradise which are seldom seen, as well as major prepareed food purveyors as well as the usual schlock, which is generally on Selma, out of the way of the produce and other foods.
              And then there is the entertainment value of the crowd itself - truly entertaining!
              And it is a subway ride from downtown, meaning get off at the Hollywood/Vine station, one block away!

              1. re: DanaB

                I wish I had time to visit the Wednesday Farmers Market in Santa Monica...hmm, I wonder if my boss will buy the excuse "I need to take off a few hours to buy some heirloom organic tomatoes!"

              2. Sunday in Hollywood is probably the best option. On a much smaller scale, I like the Saturday Santa Monica farmers markets. The one on Third/Arizona is the organic option and it's got many of the very good vendors from Wednesday, but it's only a fraction the size of the wednesday market. The other Santa Monica market is on Cloverfield/Pico and it's small, but reliable, which is why I like it. It's got a good, neighborly feel to it.