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Santa Monica Farmers Market 🍎
Dated: September 11 2021
THE MARKET OF LA
What makes the farmer's market a vast playground of color and excitement? It may be the curious wonder of each tent and the freshly picked produce out for display. Or maybe seeing lauded chefs from nearby restaurants filling up their bags before their own store opens. Maybe it's the ready to serve food stands that already have a line half a block down. Forthright, it's one of the great outdoor experiences that Los Angeles has to offer for nearby locals and visitors looking to explore.
DOWNTOWN Santa Monica
Arizona Avenue, between 4th & Ocean; WEDNESDAYS (8AM - 1PM)
Chefs from all over Los Angeles County converge on Wednesday's Market for first pick of the goods. And with 75 farmers spread out over four blocks, the selection is vast. Roots also run deep. Three growers—Flying Disc Ranch in Thermal, Mike and Sons Egg Ranch in Ontario, and Scott Farms in Dinuba—have set up shop here since the farmers market opened in 1981.
If you come hungry, you can find food from local downtown Santa Monica restaurants which make weekly appearances. (Tip: Free 90-minute parking is available in the structures on Second and Fourth Streets)
DOWNTOWN Santa Monica; PT. 2
Arizona Avenue, between 4th & 2nd; SATURDAYS (8AM - 1PM)
Claiming the title “Organic Market,” Downtown Santa Monica's farmers market started in 1991 and on Saturdays offers the largest percentage of certified-organic growers of any market in the city. Additionally, each weekend features menu options from downtown restaurants. Other highlights include Valerie Confections, which sells seasonally inspired pastries, hand pies, and cakes, both sweet and savory, and Thao Farms, which offers an assortment of Asian staples such as taro, turmeric, lemongrass, and ginger.
Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave; SATURDAYS (8AM - 1PM)
The park setting, across from a public library, adds a tranquil, family-friendly vibe at the Santa Monica farmers market located at Santa Monica's Pico Farmers Market. Seek out Wild Local Seafood, which draws both celebrated chefs and home cooks. Three parking attendants help keep traffic flowing and a free bike valet makes it tempting to leave the car at home.
14101 Panay Way, Parking Lot 11; SATURDAYS (9AM TO 2PM)
Ocean breeze, the passage of boats nearby, the fresh smell of homemade food?! Yes please! You can expect new vendors almost every Saturday! It's also a hotspot for vendors making arts and crafts or crystal necklaces that that put the wow factor in bohemian style. Easy parking tip, the Marina has 12 public parking lots. Pay attendant if present, or use the pay-and-display kiosks (accept cash and Visa/Mastercard).
Bring Your Own Bag (or Basket)
Bring a bag or basket to carry around, and your trip to the farmers market will be so much easier as you hop from stall-to-stall, exploring everything on display.
Spending the day at a Santa Monica farmers market can be a great time. Nursing a sunburn for the next few days is not. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen or wear a hat.
Bring Your Appetite
Some people say don’t shop on an empty stomach, but if you come to one of these farmers markets full, you will be missing out on some amazing food.
Even though many local businesses take debit/credit cards, cash at the farmers market will make your trip seamless.