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Farmer's Market for Asian Vegetables

hobbess Oct 28, 2012 11:31 PM

What's the best farmer's market in LA if you're interested mainly in Asian vegetables and fruits?

Alhambra Farmer's Market on Sundays?

When I went to Santa Monica's Farmer Market, I was a bit surprised about the paucity of Asian vegetables, fruits, or Asian vendors.

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    Johnny L RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 12:32 AM

    The Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market is better for Asian vegetables but you still won't find stuff like lotus roots or taro if not rarely at all.

    Alhambra is somewhat better but if you are coming from the Westside you will probably still be disappointed and it may not worth the drive.

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      TonyC RE: Johnny L Oct 29, 2012 10:24 AM

      It's pretty hard to be disappointed by the Alhambra FM for exotic Asian veggies/fruits. I mean, the Hmong family farm has produce that regularly stumps the Chinese/Indian/Latino population. OH last Sunday: what are these funny beans. Chineser: I don't know. Stir fry?

      Then there's the Taiwanese organic farm that pickles its own mustard green, and carries organic A-choy, tong hao, etc.

      Anywho, why'd OP be surprised by lack of Asian fruits/veggies? Santa Monica isn't Chinatown.

    2. Servorg RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 05:59 AM

      You will probably do better going to one of the Asian markets for specific hard to find vegetables for Japanese, Korean, Thai or what-have-you (are you looking to make any specific Asian dishes or which vegetables are you looking for?).

      1. ipsedixit RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 07:50 AM

        Why a FM?

        Just go to Hawai'i or SGV Superstore.

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          judybird RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 08:54 AM

          You answered your own question - Alhambra on Sundays. And as a bonus, you'll meet lots of friendly Asian shoppers who will tell you how best to prepare much of the produce. Second choice is 99 Ranch markets, they're all over the SGV.

          1. Mr. Roboto RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 10:29 AM

            Monterey Park Farmers' Market
            Fridays, 4PM - 8PM

            Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library - Parking Lot
            318 S Ramona Ave
            Monterey Park, CA 91754

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              jasongg06 RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 12:56 PM

              It would be much easier to just go to one of the dozen or so markets that are in the SGV. Then again, I don't know the reason why you're specifically looking for those at farmers markets.

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                Mr. Roboto RE: jasongg06 Oct 29, 2012 01:29 PM

                I don't know the OP's reasons, but in my case the Asian supermarkets pre-package a lot of the greens and I don't really need that many pieces of baby bok choy , choy sum, gai lan, yu choy, etc.

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                  Johnny L RE: Mr. Roboto Oct 29, 2012 03:30 PM

                  Probably hoping for pesticide free and "organic"?

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                libra20 RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 05:00 PM

                I think the Pacific Palisades farmer's market on Sunday has an Asian vendor.

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                  will47 RE: hobbess Oct 29, 2012 06:52 PM

                  Hollywood on Sunday has a few stands too - definitely can get bitter gourd, snake gourd, cilantro with roots, Japanese and Chinese style eggplants, etc. But I think Alhambra Sunday has a better selection, especially if you're looking for Chinese or Vietnamese style produce.

                  If you let people know what specific fruits / vegetables you're looking for, maybe people will be able to give you some more helpful information.

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                    Hillbilly Moonshiner RE: hobbess Oct 30, 2012 09:58 AM

                    Mar Vista farmers market has a few Asian vegetable vendors too.

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                      romayo RE: hobbess Nov 2, 2012 09:38 PM

                      Not technically LA, but theres a farmers market in irvine. Theres a couple of asian vegetable vendors.

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