Cream of the Crop Markets You Won’t Want to Miss
Written By: Elaine Cutting 9 Best Farmers Markets in Los Angeles
Who doesn’t love fresh produce, community and the chance to support local California farmers and Los Angeles small businesses? With the drought, it’s important to support local farmers in their efforts to keep food pure. Farmers markets not only offer the freshest, most holistic local products, they also provide great community and a one-on-one personal touch that can’t be beat by a grocery store. We have compiled this list of the best Farmers Markets in Los Angeles county. Whether you’re looking for fresh produce, unique items, or a chill way to spend some time, check out these markets.
The Beverly Hills Farmers Market is dedicated to providing a festive, community setting where locals can find the finest, California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. With a genuine care for their community, Beverly Hills Farmers Market provides services for kids such as cooking lessons, story time and more. They’re dedicated to educating Beverly Hills on healthy eating and grocery shopping.
Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
9300 Block of Civic Center Drive between Third Street and Santa Monica
Enter Structure at 450 Rexford Dr
Celebrating their big 25th Anniversary on May 1st of this year, Hollywood Farmers’ market is host to over 160 farmers, producers and artisans and 10-12, 000 shoppers in a given weekend. The success of the Hollywood Farmers’ market has led to the creation of an organization called SEE-LA (Sustainable, Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles) which supports healthy local produce and meals. Together, Hollywood Farmers Market and SEE-LA are working to make Hollywood a more community driven, healthy environment.
Sundays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ivar Avenue and Selma Avenue
Unlike other farmers markets, the Original Farmers Market is open seven days of the week and features more permanent shops. A mainstay in the community for 82 years, Original Farmers Market emphasizes quality and community with authentic independently owned vendors, fresh produce, top notch butchers and authentic restaurants. Set up like a small village of its own, it’s a great location to wander around and lose yourself in the unique shops such as the specialty hot sauce shop store, the best toffee from Little John’s, and one vendor that focuses on natural specialty soups. The market even has their own post office.
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Established in 1981, this market hosts 180 local farmers and some of the most interesting produce you’ll find in Southern California. Because of the proximity and deep level of care, these farmers can provide not only fresher, riper fruits, but also unique produce, like the customer favorite Nante Carrots or the sweet but delicate Passion Mulberry. The farmers, some of whom are already into their third generation since joining, have a real connection with the market and its customers.
Wednesdays – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Arizona Ave @ 2nd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Arizona Ave @ 3rd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday – 8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Sunday – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: 2640 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Voted the most kid friendly farmers market in LA, Studio City offers a wide variety of goods and produce. A trip to Studio City Farmers Markets is truly a great experience with unique shops, interesting sights, and a special kid section filled with pony rides, petting zoo and more. They pride themselves in being able to offer one of a kind produce and goods that you wouldn’t be able just to pick up around the corner. Studio City is home to vendors of grass-fed organic meatballs, vegan yogurt and even fresh lobster rolls.
Native Knowledge: There is free parking at the CVS parking structure.
Sundays 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ventura Place between Laurel Canyon Blvd And Radford Ave
Brentwood Farmers Market has a rotating schedule of over 200 independently owned food trucks, vendors, clothing trucks and produce. They provide a great place to support and build a community of local vendors, most of whom are family oriented. The vendors are friendly and will often converse with and help out their customers and each other. Some of the more interesting vendors to look out for are the nursery greenhouse, pure dog food and Fishwise Salmon.
Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
741 S Gretna Green Way
Supported by Altadena Community Garden, the Altadena Farmers Market is a great place for community and fun. It’s located at the Loma Alta Park and hosts over 25 unique booths. The focus is mainly on the neighborhood, and these booths are mostly comprised of small suburban backyard farmers, family owned independent farms and local vendors from Altadena. It’s a friendly, close-knit environment that’s well worth the visit. Booths to look out for include Gypsy Eats, Knife Sharpening, and Pine Street Products.
Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
600 W Palm St
Altadena, CA 91101
Celebrating 17 years of service to the community, South Pasadena has been recognized as one of the best evening farmers markets by the surrounding community. Located at Meridian They focus on providing great fresh produce for anyone who wants it. They have partnered up with organizations like the Nutritional Assistance Programs, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program, and Cal Fresh. Stopping at this market is well worth your time and the opportunity to give back to the community.
Native Knowledge: Free public parking at old school parking lot (when there are no school events).
Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Corner of El Centro St and Meridian Ave
South Pasadena, CA
Calabasas Farmers Market started out as a small, modest place to provide local produce. Now it has grown to be one of the most successful government run markets in Los Angeles, holding more than 100 vendors. Vendors to look out for here are SoCal Superfoods, which provide all different kinds of salsas; Sharon’s Heavenly Cobblers and Katie Products French yogurt. Highly specific farmers can be seen at Calabasas Farmers Market as well, specializing in dates, sprouts and organic pasture raised meat.
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Calabasas Rd west of El Canon Ave
Calabasas, CA 91302
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