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Oct 28, 2012 11:31 PM

Farmer's Market for Asian Vegetables

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Johnny L

      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. 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. Why a FM?

        Just go to Hawai'i or SGV Superstore.

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

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