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The best farmers’ markets in L.A.

Take an alfresco stroll through L.A.’s best farmers’ markets spanning the West, East and Valleys

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Time Out editors
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Even in a city as expansive as Los Angeles, you get a small-town feel when you stroll through the neighborhood farmers’ markets. The freshly baked bread vendor knows your name; the strawberry farmer is giving a youngster a few ripe berries to taste; and the hummus stand is saving you the last bag of handmade pita chips. There's a sense of community that draws locals back every week—so much so, that Angelenos actually make time to hit the ATM beforehand (shocking, I know). Of course, there's also bounds of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, delicious prepared food (tamales, crepes, pupusas) and artisan gourmet goods (olive oils, jams, honey) that keep people coming back for more. 

Without a doubt, Los Angeles has eternal bragging rights when it comes to phenomenal farmers’ markets. Oh, you think you’ve tried a good blood orange or heirloom tomato? Come back to us after visiting Santa Monica's on a Wednesday morning, Silver Lake's on a Saturday or Hollywood's on a Sunday. These seasonal markets are where the best restaurants in L.A. buy their produce, where you can indulge in your love for cheap eats, and where cartons of avocados and farm fresh eggs seem to stretch as far as the eye can see. Beyond culinary fare, some of the farmers' markets feature unique goods like vintage clothes and jewelry, used books and vinyl records. Check out our picks for the best farmers’ markets on the Westside, in Central L.A., toward the East and in the Valleys, then grab your reusable bag and start shopping. 

Westside

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  • Santa Monica

The next time you’re at a restaurant and tempted to ask the waiter where your astoundingly fresh beets came from, don’t. The beets (and, likely, the majority of the dish’s ingredients) probably came from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. While the market occurs on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the best day to go is on Wednesday morning along Arizona Avenue. This is where chefs go to grocery shop. After parking in one of Santa Monica’s public parking structures (many of which are free for the first 90 minutes), head over to the market, where you’ll likely find kitchen staff picking up basil, 10-pound bags of leeks or jars of local honey.

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  • Brentwood

Located just south of San Vicente Boulevard, the Brentwood Farmers’ Market draws in crowds of locals every Saturday. Shop for seasonal fruit and veggies at this market, where you’re bound to spot local celebs. The always jam-packed market has ample street parking, though you’ll have to be patient. As you enter the market, you’ll be greeted by beautiful, fresh flowers; stalls packed with apples, pears, plums and peaches (depending on the season) and packages of dried fruit; fresh-baked goods like croissants, loaves of bread and pistachio-crusted morning buns; while some serve up organic salad dressings and ready-made meals. 

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  • Mar Vista

At the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, the prepared-food stalls may be more popular than the tables of fresh fruits and vegetables hauled here every Sunday by certified farmers. The popular Bakers Kneaded has a stall here for fresh pastries and loaves of crunchy-crusted bread, while others, like Kai Kai Dumplings and Laurent's Le Coffee Shop, offer filling meals of dumplings, quiche and beyond. Fill up your bag with groceries and a few bites and head to the dining area, where you can people-watch and listen to the live DJs doing their thing.

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  • Beverly Hills

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; and plenty of stalls hocking organic blueberries, cartons of tomatoes, delectable jams and silken olive oils. The market, which can be found along Civic Center Drive between Third Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, features more than 60 farmers and vendors. It’s also a great spot for kids: At the Kid Zone, activities like pony rides and a petting zoo entertain fidgety children, while culinary-minded young’uns can enjoy special programming such as Cookin’ Kids. 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).

Central and East-ish L.A.

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  • Hollywood

Take a break from dodging tourists and faux superheroes by paying the Hollywood Farmers’ Market a visit, held rain or shine 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 and Selma Avenue has grown to over 70 farmers, producers and artisans, and also serves as a venue for live music, cookbook signing and mouth-watering chef demonstrations. Stock up on California-grown avocados, dates, seafood, honey, free-range poultry—or head to the stretch of prepared-foods vendors, where you’ll find whole chickens roasting over a spit; Thai food seared, fried and grilled before your very eyes; and loaves of Bub and Grandma’s bread: some of the best in the city. A gem of a community gathering space and the platonic ideal of locavore shopping, the Hollywood Farmers' Market is a true must-visit.

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  • Silver Lake

This neighborhood market—hosted Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings in Sunset Triangle, just east of Sunset Junction—is the 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. You may also find used books and records for sale, fresh flowers, plus a lot of crystals, dried sage and other hip hippie wares. And there’s a ton of food, too: Grab a coffee or a fresh-squeezed OJ, pregame with a tamale or crêpe and stroll the stalls. There are also prepared foods such as hummus, guacamole and pupusas—so you've already got lunch figured out, little to no assembly required.

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  • Atwater Village

This little market—held in the parking lot behind Club Tee Gee every Sunday from 9am to 2pm—is a true neighbhorhood mainstay. It’s small, but the patrons are regulars (and mostly locals) and the produce is top-notch. Aside from the normal fruit and veg stalls, the market offers vendors for pies, quiches, organic cheese curds, plant-based yogurt and cheese, and gourmet Carribean cuisine. You’ll find all sorts of unique treats here like raw sugar cane juice. Grab a coffee if you’re an early morning market-goer, or get your knives sharpened if it's been a while (perfect inspiration to head home and cook with your market groceries). There's something for everyone here.

Valleys

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  • Altadena

Altadena Farmers' Market is currently running as a pre-order–only, contactless-pickup market. It is set to reopen June 30, but some vendors will be in-person pickup or delivery only. Shop from local vendors online here. 

Dozens of booths normally set up in Loma Alta Park’s parking lot every Wednesday late afternoon at the Altadena Farmers’ Market, where market-goers can pick up local produce, dairy, eggs and more from some of L.A.’s most creative artisans. If you’ve got a date that night, this is the place to be for picking up gifts that make an impression: You can often find locally raised meats and handmade charcuterie; vegan confections; fresh flowers; and artisan cheeses and preserves. 

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  • Studio City

Lining Ventura Place each Sunday from 8am to 1pm, the Studio City Farmers’ Market is a mecca for foodies in the valley. Stock up on blocks of cheddar, slices of margherita pizza from Olive Wood Pizza, and kombuchas. There's a gluten-free bakery, there's a stand for vegan yogurt, there are snacks and jams and jellies galore. Doing your market shopping with kids in tow? Market-goers with children can keep the young’uns entertained with activities such as a petting zoo and a bouncy castle—and, as an additional incentive for helping with the groceries, a train ride.

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  • Burbank

The Burbank Certified 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 avocados, Spring Hill Cheese for fresh cheese and butter, and Alex’s Fruit and Nuts to stock up on snacks. If you’re looking for eggs, be prepared to wait: the line for Mike and Sons Egg Ranch is always one of the longest at the market, where eggs are sold by the dozen and worth the wait. Prepared foods are less common, but there is market-favorite Dave’s Korean BBQ (get the seaweed salad), and you can always snag spoonfulls of Bill’s Bees honey. No need to worry about parking—street parking is plentiful.

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  • South Pasadena

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 4pm to 7pm, the market hosts certified producers selling an array of goods, including items like shots of wheatgrass from Bolanos Family Sprouts, meat eaters can select cuts of beef from Ojai's Harvest Gathering Farm, 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, shoppers line up for scoops of artisan ice cream and gelato, while those looking for a more savory snack head to Mama Musubi and Nana’s for gourmet musubi and pupusas—easy foods to eat and stroll. 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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