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Mar 18, 2010 01:24 PM

Burbank, La Canada, Pasadena, or Silverlake Farmer's Market on Saturday

A relative is coming in for the marathon this weekend. He suggested we go to a farmer's market and pick up the ingredients for Saturday night's dinner.

No problem! I live in Glendale, but I am willing to drive a little. The farmer's markets I usually go to are on Sundays--so I don't know if there's one that's better than the others.

La Canada Flintridge

Anything pop out? Bonus if the area is pleasant to stroll.

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  1. La Canada-Flintridge has a small one on a saturdays, it's right on foothill blvd.
    Their selection on veggies, berries and citrus is good. Bonus if you like cheese since they have a cheese guy there that has a really really good selection.

    Burbank has a small farmers market as well - but it's right at orange grove which is a stone's throw from downtown burbank. They have an amazing farmer who sells farm fresh eggs! The best!!!!

    Then there's silverlake - but that one is just ok.

    1. Not Burbank, gah. Why not make a little trip to Santa Monica?

      1. I've been to none of these but the Pasadena market, since I live just a couple of miles from it, but It's a good one. Excellent quality and prices on a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, plus a fresh seafood vendor, several stands selling good breads and other baked items, and some other prepared-food sellers. There's always a stand selling fresh hot Mexican items that I've never sampled because it's constantly mobbed, so I'm assuming it's good. My favorite stands are the urban-garden folks selling greens, herbs and fresh mushrooms, the family with a zillion varieties of potatoes, and the avocado people with their fruits carefully graded by ripeness, from Next Week to Right Now. Street and front lot parking is ridiculous, but there's a lot for the park adjacent to the west, with entrances on Paloma, that almost always has plenty of space. And then it's a pleasant half-block walk between the Marine Reserves lot and the ball-fields to the market.

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        1. re: Will Owen

          I miss the Pasadena Farmers Market at Victory Park on Saturdays. I used to eat at the Mexican food stall you mentioned Will and the food was very good especially thier posole. Mmmmm posole it's not just for breakfast anymore!

          I checked thier Facebook page and it seems that there is a grass fed beef stand now. The beef comes from Santa Barbara. Has anyone tried it? It had a good review on Facebook.

            1. re: SeaCook

              We've tried their beef shank and pot roast, both were delicious. Being grass-fed, of course those cuts benefit from braising, but took no longer to cook than other pot roasts, and we wound up with no big layer of fat that had to be lifted off and a truly wonderful dish both times. We'll be back.

            2. re: Will Owen

              I agree with Will - Pasadena is probably the best our of those you listed, cjla. At least, the most offerings and the biggest although I have not been to the Silverlake one.

            3. Pasadena, for sure. You can get everything you need for your dinner, or just about. Fruits, veggies, nuts, cheese, bread, fish, grass-fed beef, eggs, herbs, pastry, salad dressing, flowers for the table. About the only thing missing is the wine.

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              1. re: Jack Flash

                So is this the same outfit that's been selling meat at the Thursday South Pas market? I've not been to either one for a while - poverty etcetera - but the guys I saw a while back were selling pork and lamb, too. That would be nice...

                1. re: Will Owen

                  I haven't been to South Pas for several months; but the folks at the Pasadena market sell only beef. Their ranch is in Buellton, right next to the Dierberg/Star Lane/3 Saints tasting room (and some of their vineyards).

                  1. re: Jack Flash

                    Thank you for the information. In return, I would suggest you check out South Pas again. I've not tried that vendor's meat, but it looks like good stuff at not-too-fierce prices. Dry Dock Seafood is there, too, a much better setup than the fish truck at Victory Park.

              2. I have been to the Silver Lake FM but it painfully small. I'd find another.