It's never been easier to eat local. With top-notch farmers markets nationwide, shopping for homegrown produce and sustainably raised meats is now more accessible than ever. Not only do these markets offer an abundance of incredible products for reasonable prices, they often make for a fun family event. Live music, petting zoos and kid-friendly workshops abound with chef demos and canning sessions. Hungry? These markets also offer some of the best street food in the country to tide you over until you get home and start prepping your bounty of heirloom tomatoes, obscure micro greens and foraged mushrooms.Read More
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The Original Farmers Market
This massive open-air market was founded in 1934 and remains an iconic destination to this day. In addition to specialty foods, there are also an abundance of food stands. Loteria serves quarter-sized tacos while Pampas Grill sells Brazilian BBQ by the pound, making this a top-notch lunch destination as well as an artisan grocery stop for local fruits, vegetables, and meats.
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Founded in 1981 as a way to bring reasonable priced, quality food to the neighborhood, the Santa Monica Farmers Market has become one of the most famous markets in the country. LA’s best chefs flock to the market each week and hand-select from a diverse offering of locally grown products. It’s estimated that 9,000 people pass through every Wednesday when the market is open.
South Pasadena Farmers Market
This year-round market is open every Thursday evening. The laidback vibe encourages a family-friendly environment with BBQ, tamales, and shaved iced along with a slew of summer events for kids. The ample stalls feature organic produce and the market also supports Nutritional Assistance Programs giving all people access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Pacific Palisades Farmers Market
A quaint, but well-appointed farmers market it is open every Sunday and features a notable selection of organic produce. You’ll also find barrel-aged balsamic vinegars and a number of fresh olive oils. The market also has puppies for adoption each week, providing an adorable distraction and maybe an extra addition to your market tote.
Brentwood Farmers Market
This west side Sunday market attracts a well-heeled crowd of LA celebs in tandem with guests shopping for organic produce, freshly baked bread, and seafood. Towards the end of the market there is a small petting zoo with baby lambs, llamas, and other animals perfect for children’s entertainment.
Mar Vista Farmers Market
This perfectly sized market offers a great variety of local options including a number of hot food vendors serving items like Banh Mi, Falafel, and Empanadas. They also offer free dog-sitting while you stroll the market with monthly rotating DJs spinning a shopping soundtrack.
Hollywood Farmers Market
This outdoor street market showcases produce from local farmers as well as ranchers and vendors selling locally grown produce and meat. It also feature live music, chef demos, children’s workshops, and family festivals.