Farmer's mkts in LA
Santa Monica is the ultimate I hear -- Wednesday a.m. right?
Are there any others worth hitting?
In addition to produce are there prepared foods worth knowing about?
Thx for the help.
This gets asked really regularly.
So, here goes:
The best, in order:
Wednesday AM Santa Monica
Sunday AM Hollywood
Saturday AM Santa Monica
Saturday AM Irvine
Runners-Up (in no orde)
Thursday PM South Pasadena
Thursday PM Westwood
Saturday AM Calabasas
Sunday AM Encino
Sunday AM Studio City
I'm sure there are others, but that will get you started.
The Sunday AM to early afternoon market in Long Beach (Marina Drive, along the water's edge at the LB Marina, just off PCH and almost in Orange County) has a great selection of produce stands from SD, Ventura, Riverside, Kern, Fresno and Tulare counties. One of the vendors, Maggie's Farm, has great greens and lettuce from LA (Topanga area?). In addition to produce, there are vendors for grass-fed, California raised bison (Linder Bison) and great seafood.
As for prepared foods, there is a bakery as well as stands for cookies, tamales (always a line for Me Gusta), gyros... Adam's Olives carries great olives (the pitted, dried Moroccan olives are fantastic) and some nice olive oils.