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The best farmers' markets in LA

Head to these farmers' markets on the Westside, Eastside and in the Valleys for the best fruits, veggies and alfresco fun in Los Angeles

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Santa Monica Farmers' Market

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Santa Monica Farmers' Market

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Beverly Hills Farmers' Market

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Beverly Hills Farmers' Market

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Brentwood Farmers' Market

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Brentwood Farmers' Market

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The Sunset Strip Craft Beer Market

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The Sunset Strip Craft Beer Market

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Pacific Palisades Farmers' Market

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Pacific Palisades Farmers' Market

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Mar Vista Farmers' Market

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Mar Vista Farmers' Market

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Yamashiro Farmers' Market

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Yamashiro Farmers' Market

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Atwater Village Farmers' Market

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Atwater Village Farmers' Market

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Silver Lake Farmers' Market

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Silver Lake Farmers' Market

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Hollywood Farmers' Market

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Hollywood Farmers' Market

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Altadena Farmers' Market

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Altadena Farmers' Market

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Studio City Farmers' Market

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Studio City Farmers' Market

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South Pasadena Farmers' Market

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South Pasadena Farmers' Market

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Burbank Farmers' Market

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Burbank Farmers' Market

Without a doubt, Los Angeles has eternal bragging rights when it comes to its phenomenal farmers' markets. Oh, you think you've tried a good blood orange? Come back to us after visiting the Santa Monica Farmers' Market on a Wednesday morning. These seasonal markets are where the best restaurants in LA buy their produce, where you can indulge in your love for cheap eats with endless sampling, and where cartons of avocados seem to stretch as far as the eye can see. Check out our picks for the best farmers' markets on the Westside, Eastside and in the Valleys, then grab your reusable bag and start shopping.

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Westside

Santa Monica Farmers' Market

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The next time you're at a restaurant and tempted to ask the waiter where your astoundingly fresh beets came from—don't. We'll save you the trouble and answer for you. The beets (and, likely, the majority of the dish's ingredients) probably came from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. While the market occurs on a couple of days (Wed, Sat and Sun) in various parts of Santa Monica, the best day to go is on Wednesday along Arizona Avenue. This is our city's largest and most popular farmers' market—and where LA chefs go to grocery shop. After parking in one of Santa Monica's public parking structures (free for the first 90 minutes), head on over to the market, where you'll likely find Freddy Vargas from Scarpetta picking up basil; Kris Tominaga from The Hart and the Hunter asking for a 10 pound bag of leeks; or Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura from Lindy & Grundy, who are big on instagramming the produce they buy.

For the amateur chefs among us, there's plenty for you here, too. On the way to Harry's Berries, you might pass by Roots Brothers Grows, where a rastafarian in a purple and yellow mumu will call out, "Come try da best lotion in da world!" Sample almonds dusted with everything from paprika to cinnamon and sugar at Fat Uncle Farms, or pick up produce from any of the farm stands—all certified organic—like cold blueberries at Whitney Ranch Organics or heads of Swiss chard at Jaime Farms. In the mood for a more substantial snack? Sugarfish sets up a stand at the corner of Arizona and 3rd, where you can order sashimi à la carte and devour it in the small tented seating area (mostly populated by elderly men who people-watch). The best part about the market is that once you become a regular, conversations with vendors will shift from "How much?" to "How's the baby doing?" before debating the benefits of raw versus pasteurized milk.

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Beverly Hills Farmers' Market

On any given Sunday at the Beverly Hills Farmers' Market, you may find the following: a pop band performance comprised of middle school kids; the smell of French crêpes luring passersby in for chocolate and nutella delicacies; near-centenarian Harry Nicholas from Nicholas Farms hocking fruits with his signature smile. The market, which can be found along Civic Center Drive parallel to Santa Monica Boulevard, features over 60 farmers and vendors. It's also a great spot for kids. At the Kid Zone, pony rides and a petting zoo entertain fidgety children, while culinary-minded young'uns can enjoy Cookin' Kids every second Sunday. Drop your child off to learn about fruits and veggies in season, the farmers behind the produce, and recipes to bring back home for tonight's dinner (they'll be doing the cooking, of course).

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Brentwood Farmers' Market

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Located just south of San Vicente Boulevard, the Brentwood Farmers' Market draws in crowds of locals every Sunday. Shop for seasonal fruit and veggies at this market, where you're bound to spot local celebs, including power couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The always jam-packed market has ample (free!) street parking—though you'll have to be patient—and you should arrive hungry as samples here are aplenty. As you enter the market, you'll be greeted by beautiful, fresh flowers; the Arnett Farms stall stocked with apples, pears, plums and peaches (depending on the season) and packages of dried fruit; Yong Xiong Farms and Yang's Produce, where you can snag hard-to-find Asian vegetables; and Country Fresh Farms for "super antioxidant micro greens," a must for any organic-obsessed Brentwood family.

The weekly event offers most market staples—kettle corn, fresh-squeezed orange juice and cage-free, organic eggs—but the eats are also gourmet and global. Midway through the market, stop at Perkside for coffee, smoothies and other drinks prepared via the parked truck. Load up on baked goods from Röckenwagner, the German bakery that recently opened Cafe Röckenwagner five minutes away on Barrington Ave and Wilshire Blvd, or cool off with aguas frescas from Tropical Island. Toward the end of the stalls, there are two (somewhat rundown) bounce houses and a small petting zoo with baby lambs, piglets, lamas and other small animals to keep the farmers market-loving kids entertained.

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The Sunset Strip Craft Beer Market

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Formerly known as the Sunset Strip Farmers' Market and more recently rebranded as the Sunset Strip Craft Beer Market, this seasonal summer market for the Hollywood set has upped its cool factor. There is still a line of fresh produce stalls from local organic farmers (new vendors are announced each year, though past participants have included Valley Center Growers, enFuso and Denny's Organic Farms). There is still a cavalcade of LA's top food trucks, like S'cream Truck, The Kosher Palate and more, handing out plates of mouth-watering meals to those who just can't wait to cook with the produce in their bag. The entertainment is still there as well, with new bands playing a set every week, and a Virtual Zone where you can indulge in video games with your friends. What is new: craft breweries and wineries sampling and selling their beverages to attendees. The current focus on quality libations means that the beer garden will be just as important as the vegetable stalls—and hey, we're not complaining. It's the perfect way to combine grocery shopping and happy hour in one.

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Pacific Palisades Farmers' Market

Before launching into all the wonderful produce offered at the Pacific Palisades Farmers' Market, can we talk about puppies? Specifically, all of the cuddly canines up for adoption that are on display next to the market every Sunday. It's enough to make you want to pick one up and run, but alas, your grocery shopping calls as well. Here is where you can find indulgent carrot cake slices from Bountiful Bakery or fresh olive oils and barrel aged balsamic vinegars from Ferrari Olive Oil Co. Bouquets of fragrant flowers abound, as do heads of cabbage, lettuce and broccoli from one of the many certified vendors selling their hard earned fruits of labor. The occasional food truck will make an appearance (what's up, Border Grille), but there is also plenty of prepared food to discover at the stalls—if you can make it past the puppies, of course.

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Mar Vista Farmers' Market

At the Mar Vista Farmers' Market, the prepared food stalls may just be more popular than the tables of fresh fruits and vegetables hauled here every Sunday by certified farmers. ChocoVivo, a popular brick-and-mortar chocolate shop selling organic sweets in Culver City, has a stall here, as does a regular on the market circuit, Homeboy Bakery. But word on the street is that Aris Natural Foods should be your first stop. The Mediterranean stall whips up yogurt dips that have shoppers raving (and coming back for as many free samples as possible). Fill up your bag with groceries, then pick up a crepe at the Oaxaca Raw stand and head to the dining area, where you can people watch and listen to the live band doing their thing. For the crafty folks among us, the market also supports the Mar Vista Arts and Crafts Collective, made up of artisans who sell jewelry, pottery, handmade scarves and more.

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Eastside

Yamashiro Farmers Market

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An LA summer just isn't complete without spending a warm evening at the Yamashiro Farmers Market. If this is the first you're hearing of it, not to worry—it's not as well known as the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Yamashiro, the historic Japanese restaurant in the Hollywood Hills, hosts a small market during the summer months only (usually late May through September) with vendors of all kinds. The produce isn't exactly plentiful but the real draw of the market is the prepared food and the scene: Executive chef Brock Kleweno sets up "Yamashiro Grill" outside and cooks up Japanese-fusion plates for cheap. Past menus have included Mediterranean-Japanese plates and Japanese tacos (like miso black cod tacos with wasabi guacamole and ginger-tomato pico de gallo). Take your plates to the restaurant's famous Pagoda Bar or cruise around to the other vendors: hot sauces, other prepared foods, clothing and jewelry are regularly for sale. For entertainment, there's usually a bluegrass band or small jazz combo and, of course, an epic view of LA from the hills. Tip: Park in the Mosaic church parking lot (on La Brea and Hollywood Boulevard) and take the free shuttle up to the market. It's much easier than parking at the restaurant itself.

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Hollywood

Atwater Village Farmers' Market

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This little market—held in the parking lot behind the Atwater Wells Fargo every Sunday—is a true neighbhorhood mainstay. It's small, but the patrons are regulars (and mostly Eastside locals) and the produce is top-notch. Aside from the normal fruit and veg stalls, the market offers vendors for mushrooms, beans, grains, pies and quiches. You'll find all sorts of unique treats here, from squash blossom flowers and blistered almonds to unpasteurized sugar cane juice and royal jelly from happy bees. Have a liquid breakfast from Atwater's own juice bar, The Juice, or grab an iced coffee the Cafecito stand if you're an early morning market-goer. Bonus: Have any dull kitchen knives (or gardening tools, sewing scissors, pocket knives, etc.)? Gary's Knife Sharpening is on-site. Drop off your utensils, browse around and by the time you're done shopping, they're sharp and ready for you—which is the perfect inspiration to head home and cook with your market groceries.

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Silver Lake Farmers Market

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This neighborhood market—hosted Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings in Silver Lake's Sunset Triangle, just east of Sunset Junction—is the Eastside place to see and be seen while you peruse produce. The shoppers here have style, as evidenced by the many (rather pricey) vintage clothing racks and jewelry stands dominating a corner of the market. There are also used books and records for sale, fresh flowers, plus a lot of crystals, dried sage and other hip hippie wares. And there's tons of food, too. Grab a coffee or a fresh-squeezed OJ, pregame with a tamale or crêpe and stroll the stalls. Highlights include some pretty incredible citrus vendors, fresh-baked bread from Atwater's Village Bakery, mason-jarred goat cheese, farm-fresh eggs and tons of veggies (though only two veggie vendors are certified organic). There are also prepared foods such as hummus, guacamole and kimchi from Dave's Gourmet Korean Food. Ask for a taste of his miso broth and you'll be hooked for life, especially in "wintertime."

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Hollywood Farmers' Market

Take a break from dodging tourists and faux superheroes by paying the Hollywood Farmers' Market a visit (held every Sunday from 8am to 1pm). As one of the first farmers' markets to pop up in California, the strip of vendors that stretches along Ivar Boulevard has grown to 160 farmers, producers and artisans, and also serves as a venue for live music, book signing and mouth-watering chef demonstrations. Stock up on California-grown avocados, dates, honey, free-range poultry—or head to the nearby The Farmer's Kitchen, where pumpkin quesadillas and brie and fig sandwiches are made with ingredients straight from the vendors.

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Valleys

Altadena Farmers' Market

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Dozens of booths set up in Loma Alta Park's parking lot every Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Altadena Farmers' Market, where market-goers can pick up local produce, dairy, eggs and more from some of LA's most creative artisans. Chat with Jordan "Uri" Lai from Brassica & Brine over jars of sauerkraut and kimchi, or choose from refreshing gelato flavors at Bulgarini Gelato. If you've got a date that night, this is the place to be for picking up gifts that make an impression: flowers from Handmade Floral and lemon bars from Morning Glory Confections should do the trick. The market's founder, Joseph Schuldiner, also runs the nearby Institute of Domestic Technology.

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Studio City Farmers' Market

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Lining Ventura Place each Sunday from 8am to 2pm, the Studio City Farmers' Market is a mecca for experimental foodies in the valley. Stock up on blocks of cheddar from Spring Hill Cheese, slices of margarita pizza from Olive Wood Pizza, and bags of spices from World Flavorz Spice & Tea Company, whose table looks straight out of a Moroccan market scene. Chat with the Bolani vendors, who hand you samples of their Meditteranean snacks with a modest, "This will be the best thing you'll ever eat." Doing your market shopping with kids in tow? Market-goers with children can keep the young'uns entertained wiht a petting zoo (complete with baby goats, of course) and bouncy castle—and, as an additional incentive for helping with the groceries, a treat at The Pop Shop. The gourmet popsicles sell for $2.50 a pop (ha!) and come in artisanl flavors like lemon basil and Mexican chocolate.

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South Pasadena Farmers' Market

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There are a few farmers' markets scattered throughout Pasadena and its surrounding suburbs, but the South Pasadena Farmers' Market is by far the best. Held every Thursday from 4 to 8pm, the market hosts certified producers selling their goods to conscious Valley dwellers. Health nuts can pick up shots of wheat grass from Bolanos Sprouts, meat eaters can select cuts of beef from Tehachapi-based J & J Grassfed Beef, and everything from artichokes to dried beans is up for sale at the Suncoast Farms booth. One of the most popular vendors, however, is Carmela Ice Cream. On hot summer days, market shoppers line up for scoops of artisan ice cream and gelato, while those looking for a more savory snack head to Corn Maiden Tamales and Nana's for gourmet tamales and pupusas. Remember to bring your own bags, and if you're one of the few Angelenos who've embraced public transportation, you're in luck—the market is right next to the Gold Line's South Pasadena Station.

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Burbank Farmers' Market

The Burbank Farmers' Market may be on the smaller size, but quality still thrives here. Held in a sizeable parking lot at the corner of Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue, all of the produce offered is certified California grown. Visit Rancho Santa Cecilia's stall for beautiful artichokes and avocados, LA FungHi for mushrooms of all shapes and sizes (there are truffles, too, if you're willing to splurge), and Alex's Fruits and Nuts to stock up on snacks. If you're looking for eggs, be prepared to wait: the line for Mike & Sons Egg Ranch is the longest at the market, where eggs by the dozen are sold for $2 and up. Prepared foods are less common, but there is market-favorite Dave's Gourmet Korean Food (get the seaweed salad!), and you can always snag spoonfulls of Bill's Bees honey and blocks of pesto jack cheese from Spring Hill Jersey Cheese. No need to worry about parking—street parking is plentiful, and you can always leave your car at the fire station on Orange Grove below Glenoaks Boulevard.

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Sam M
Sam M

Update to this, there's also the Encino farmers market now. Sunday's from 8am -1pm. It's very friendly and has everything you could possibly think of getting~

Wendy R
Wendy R

You've covered all the fab big markets, many of which are pitched to tourists, but there are some small, regular Certified Farmers' Markets out there that have a great vibe. They have all you want to buy and eat (craft, food, farm produce and music) and are also family friendly.  Such as Playa Vista 9-2 on Saturdays and 4-8 on Wednesdays. 

Lucas  S
Lucas S

@Wendy R Are you aware of a farmers market in LA where i might be able to find yacon root?