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 L.A. chefs go to grocery shop. You’ll find parking in one of Santa Monica’s public parking structures (free for the first 90 minutes).
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