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ChefPapaloma Apr 8, 2008 11:22 AM

every weekend i go down to the farmers market in montrose but I wanna find a bigger and better market within the L.A. area because i feel the produce in montrose could be better what opinions do you guys have on the best market around i heard santa monica was good but i wanna hear it form you guys.thanks :D

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    Glory25 Apr 8, 2008 11:25 AM

    Hands down the very best Farmers Market is Wed. Santa Monica - it's when all the chefs come to shop. Promenade area.

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      SauceSupreme Apr 8, 2008 11:30 AM

      I've seen restaurant folk go to the Hollywood Farmer's Market, but you're right that the Wednesday market is the biggie.

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      Diana Apr 8, 2008 11:25 AM

      Wendesday on Arizona and Third in Santa Monica is nice and big The Hollywood one on Sundays is good.

      I also like Encino and Studio City on Sunday, and Arizona and third on Santa Monica on Sundays (though it's smaller than Wednesday!)

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        ChefPapaloma Apr 8, 2008 11:47 AM

        great! ill totally go to the santa monica one over my spring break next week are their any other noteable markets around?

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          SauceSupreme Apr 8, 2008 11:48 AM

          The Hollywood Market on Sundays is also well attended (and as with all markets, the more crowded the better as the vendors bring stock to meet the demand).

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          mollyomormon Apr 8, 2008 12:21 PM

          The Promenade one is actually on Saturday. The Sunday Santa Monica market is on Main Street and it's a lot more prepared foods than produce.

        3. Das Ubergeek Apr 8, 2008 11:59 AM

          Preeeeeeetty much anything's bigger than Montrose, to be honest. Studio City, Encino, even Calabasas. The biggies, though, are Santa Monica Wednesday downtown, Hollywood Sunday and Santa Monica Saturday downtown, in that order.

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            AquaW Apr 8, 2008 12:24 PM

            I like the Santa Monica markets, though its too far for me to go regularly and in the back of my mind I'm always a little anxious that some geezer's gonna plow me down with his car.

            Studio City and South Pasadena have pretty good ones too.

            ~H.C.
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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              FED Apr 8, 2008 12:46 PM

              nobody's got the combination of quality and selection that wednesday santa monica has. but there are lots of other goodmarkets. sunday hollywood, saturday pasadena (victory park), sunday beverly Hills, saturday torrance, sunday encino. you'll find good stuff at all of them.

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                onebite Apr 8, 2008 04:07 PM

                Wednesday Santa Monica is phenomenal, but just too far of a drive from Pasadena area to go very often. The Saturday Pasadena farmers mkt at Victory Park is quite respectable, especially if you get there early. That's my go-to weekly farmer's mkt.

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                  ChefPapaloma Apr 8, 2008 04:35 PM

                  Alright cool , sounds like ill definitely be heading towards santa monica and hollywood what are the hours of the markets?

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                    SauceSupreme Apr 8, 2008 07:45 PM

                    The California Farmer's Market site provides hours and locations

                    http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/search/

                    Santa Monica: Wed, 8:30am-1:30pm
                    Hollywood: Sun, 8am-1pm

                2. 420 Reasons to eat Apr 9, 2008 08:49 AM

                  I really enjoy Saturday's Burbank (Across from the Police Station). It has a lot of the same vendors as Studio City with out all the arts, crafts, kids, and prepared food. plus i find the prices to be cheaper (as much as $0.50 per pound).

                  I will also say that Wed Santa Monica is huge, But living in No-Ho it sure is a pain to get to. And I find it very crowded.

                  Here is a link to the LA times Farmers market List:
                  http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                  1. MeAndroo Apr 9, 2008 01:13 PM

                    I regularly go to the DTLA Wednesday Farmer's Market, but I've heard much more glowing reviews of the ones out west. I will say this about ours: the rotisserie chicken, Hawaiian chicken, danger dog, and Thai-mex place all offer a nice alternative to the food court fare we downtown workers are used to having for lunch. A bit pricey, but I'd rather pay $9 for a nice plate of chicken and rice w/ salad than $7 for a mediocre La Salsa burrito.

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