Farmer’s Market Fun

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Every Wednesday there is a small farmer’s market in the parking lot of the Whole Foods near where I work. I’ve been wanting to go for a while, but haven’t had the chance to until yesterday.

If you’ve never been to a farmer’s market, you are missing out, especially if you’re like me and love free food.  All of the ones I’ve visited thus far are pretty much the same, but sampling all the fresh fruit never gets old! There’s always a number of vendors selling all sorts of food (fruits, veggies, desserts, BBQ, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Asian, etc.) and goods (clothes, art, body products, etc.). A lot of times there will be music or performances by community groups or local artists.  This one even had a small petting zoo and pony rides.

Petting Zoo

Overall, I’ve found that the prices are slightly cheaper than buying in the grocery store, but what I really like is that you know that you’re buying produce that’s in-season and fresh. I’ll also say this: since I’ve started buying more of my weekly produce at the farmer’s market, my grocery bill has gone down drastically. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that the grocery store atmosphere makes people like me, hungry, more inclined to make impulsive purchases or buy way more than what I can eat before it spoils (**moment of silence for all my wasted food**). Farmer’s markets have a much more mellow atmosphere, which makes just going an enjoyable experience, even if you buy very little.

Mmmm.... Spinach Bolani

If you haven’t already, I would  definitely  encourage you to take a trip  to your local  farmer’s market. I’ve  provided a list of a  number of ones that  are held in the greater Los Angeles  area. I’ve also included a couple of links  that also list some (there may be  duplicates). If you live out here, I  guarantee you that there is at least one  that you’ll be able to go to. If you don’t  live out here, a simple Google search  will help you locate one near you. So, find one that works best with your schedule, grab some cash and get out to the market!

Here’s the list (copied from www.FarmerNet.com):

Certified Farmers’ Markets in Los Angeles County

CFM Name v City County Day Start End
Alhambra CFM Alhambra Los Angeles Sunday 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
Atwater Village CFM Atwater Village Los Angeles Sunday 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Bellflower CFM Bellflower Los Angeles Monday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Beverly Hills CFM Beverly Hills Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Brentwood CFM Brentwood Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Burbank CFM Burbank Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 12:30 PM
Calabasas Old Town CFM Calabasas Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Canoga Park Farmers’ Market Canoga Park los angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Carson CFM Carson Los Angeles Thursday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Central Avenue Farmers’ Market – Will re-open 2010 Los Angeles Los Angeles Thursday 12:00 PM 5:00 PM
Century City CFM Century City Los Angeles Thursday 11:30 AM 3:00 PM
Cerritos CFM Cerritos Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 12:00 PM
Chatsworth / Porter Ranch CFM Chatsworth Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market Claremont Los Angeles Sunday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Covina CFM Covina Los Angeles Friday 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
Crenshaw Farmer’s Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Saturday 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Culver City CFM Culver City Los Angeles Tuesday 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
Diamond Bar CFM Walnut Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Duarte Farmers Market Duarte Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Eagle Rock N Roll Farmers Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
East Los Angeles Farmers Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Echo Park Farmers’ Market Echo Park Los Angeles Friday 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
El Segundo CFM El Segundo Los Angeles Thursday 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
El Segundo Raw Inpirations Farmers Market Los Angeles Wednesday 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Encino CFM Encino Los Angeles Sunday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Gardena Saturday Farmers’ Market Gardena Los Angeles Saturday 6:30 AM 12:00 PM
Gardena Wednesday CFM Gardena Los Angeles Wednesday 7:30 AM 12:00 PM
Glendale CFM Glendale Los Angeles Thursday 9:30 AM 1:00 PM
HVP Certified Farmers Market Woodland Hills Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Hawthorne Del Aire Certified Farmers Market Hawthorne Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Hermosa Beach CFM Hermosa Beach Los Angeles Friday 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Hollywood Farmers’ Market Hollywood Los Angeles Sunday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Huntington Park CFM Huntington Park Los Angeles Wednesday 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
Jack Newe’s Farmers Market Walnut Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
L.A. Adams/Vermont CFM Los Angeles Los Angeles Wednesday 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
L.A. Chinatown Farmers’ Market – CLOSED Temporarily Los Angeles Los Angeles Thursday 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
L.A. Eagle Rock Farmers’ Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Friday 5:00 PM 8:30 PM
L.A. Harambee CFM Los Angeles Los Angeles Saturday 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
L.A. La Cienega Farmers’ Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Thursday 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
L.A. Seventh & Figueroa Thursday Farmers’ Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Thursday 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
L.A. Silver Lake CFM Los Angeles Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
La Canada Flintridge CFM La Canada Flintridge Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 12:00 PM
La Verne CFM La Verne Los Angeles Thursday 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
La Verne Saturday Farmers’ Market La Verne Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Larchmont Village CFM Los Angeles Los Angeles Sunday 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Lawndale Farmers’ Market Lawndale Los Angeles Wednesday 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
Little Tokyo CFM Los Angeles Los Angeles Thursday 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Long Beach Downtown Farmers’ Market Long Beach Los Angeles Friday 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
Long Beach Southeast Farmers’ Market Long Beach Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Long Beach Uptown Certified Farmers’ Market Long Beach Los Angeles Thursday 3:00 PM 6:30 PM
Los Angeles Medical Center Certified Farmers’ Market at Barnsdall Art Park Los Angeles Los Angeles Wednesday 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
Loyola University Farmers’ Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Thursday 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Lynwood CFM Lynwood Los Angeles Tuesday 12:00 PM 5:00 PM
Manhattan Beach CFM Manhattan Beach Los Angeles Tuesday 12:00 AM 4:00 PM
Mar Vista Farmers’ Market Mar Vista Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Melrose Place CFM Los Angeles Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Monrovia CFM Monrovia Los Angeles Friday 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
Montrose Harvest Market Montrose Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Northridge CFM Northridge Los Angeles Wednesday 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
Northridge Fashion Mall Farmers’ Market Northridge Los Angeles Wednesday 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
Norwalk CFM Norwalk Los Angeles Tuesday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Old L.A. CFM Highland Park Los Angeles Tuesday 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
Pacific Palisades CFM Pacific Palisades Los Angeles Sunday 8:00 AM 1:30 PM
Palos Verdes-Rolling Hills Estates Farmers’ Market Rolling Hills Estates Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Pasadena Victory Park CFM Pasadena Los Angeles Saturday 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
Pasadena Villa Park CFM Pasadena Los Angeles Tuesday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Playa Vista Farmers’ Market Los Angeles Saturday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Pomona Valley CFM Pomona Los Angeles Saturday 7:30 AM 11:30 AM
Redondo Beach CFM Redondo Beach, Los Angeles Thursday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
San Dimas CFM San Dimas Los Angeles Wednesday 4:30 PM 8:30 PM
San Pedro CFM San Pedro Los Angeles Friday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Santa Clarita CFM Santa Clarita Los Angeles Sunday 8:30 AM 12:00 PM
Santa Monica Pico Farmers’ Market Santa Monica Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Santa Monica Saturday Organic Farmers’ Market Santa Monica Los Angeles Saturday 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
Santa Monica Sunday Farmers’ Market Santa Monica Los Angeles Sunday 9:30 AM 1:00 PM
Santa Monica Wednesday Farmers’ Market Santa Monica Los Angeles Wednesday 8:30 AM 1:30 PM
Sierra Madre Certified Farmers Market Sierra Madre Los Angeles Wednesday 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
South Gate CFM South Gate Los Angeles Monday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
South Park Farmers’ Market – CLOSED Temporarily Los Angeles Los Angeles Sunday 11:00 AM 4:00 PM
South Pasadena Farmers’ Market South Pasadena Los Angeles Thursday 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
Studio City CFM Studio City Los Angeles Sunday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Toluca Lake Certified Farmers’ Market Toluca Lake Los Angeles Sunday 9:30 AM 2:30 PM
Topanga Canyon Market Woodland Hills Los Angeles Saturday 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
Torrance Saturday Farmers’ Market Torrance Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Torrance Tuesday CFM Torrance Los Angeles Tuesday 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
Valinda / La Puente Farmers Market La Puente Los Angeles Thursday 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
Van Nuys CFM Van Nuys Los Angeles Thursday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
Venice CFM Venice Los Angeles Friday 7:00 AM 11:00 AM
Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Saturday 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Wellington Square Certified Farmers Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
West Covina Farmers’ Market West Covina Los Angeles Saturday 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
West Hollywood Monday Farmers’ Market West Hollywood Los Angeles Monday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
West L.A. CFM Los Angeles Los Angeles Sunday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
West Los Angeles Kaiser Permanente Certified Farmers’ Market Los Angeles Los Angeles Wednesday 9:00 AM 1:30 PM
Westchester CFM Westchester Los Angeles Wednesday 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
Westwood Farmers’ Market Westwood Los Angeles Thursday 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
Whittier CFM Whittier Los Angeles Friday 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
Whittier Unincorporated Farmers Market Whittier Los Angeles Friday 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
Wilmington Farmers’ Market Wilmington Los Angeles Thursday 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Woodman Avenue Market Sherman Oaks, CA Los Angeles Tuesday 3:00 PM 8:30 PM

Links to more list:

http://rawinspiration.org/dev/marketlocations.php

http://www.vegparadise.com/farmers.html

Happy shopping! 🙂

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