RECOMMENDED: The best farmers' markets in LA
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.