The 10 Best Famers Markets in Los Angeles

Considering about a third of the vegetables in the United States are grown in California, the farmers markets in Los Angeles carry an abundance of fresh produce, as well as locally raised meats and seafood. You can also find a ton of artisanal goods and snacks, making them an all-around great way to spend the afternoon strolling with family and friends (way better than the supermarket, at least). Not sure where to start? Here are the 10 best farmers markets in Los Angeles—in our humble opinion, at least—including their hours and where to find ‘em.

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1. Hollywood Farmers Market

  • Location: Hollywood
  • Hours: Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hollywood Farmers Market is one of the biggest farmers markets in the whole area, with 160 vendors, ranging from local farmers and producers to all kinds of artisans. There are some of Southern California’s most famous farms like Harry’s Berries, pork from Peads & Barnetts and Japanese rice from Koda Farms. There’s no shortage of prepared foods as well, including macarons, locally made miso, and cured meats from one of LA’s best restaurants, Gwen.

2. Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market

  • Location: Santa Monica
  • Hours: Wednesday, 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

Santa Monica actually operates four different farmers markets, but the Wednesday morning farmers market is well known for spotting many chefs from LA’s best restaurants, who shop there. It’s for good reason, too, as this farmers market not only has the sweetest fruits and freshest vegetables, but some of the local farms carry harder-to-find vegetables like huacatay (originally from Peru) and opa basil.

3. Alhambra Farmers Market

  • Location: Alhambra
  • Hours: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This large farmers market in downtown Alhambra draws quite a few shoppers on Sunday mornings. Due to its location, you’ll find more Asian vegetables and fruits, as well as prepared foods, like dumplings and scallion pancakes. Occasionally, you can find rarer ingredients including fresh sea urchin, reishi mushrooms and more.

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The Original Farmers Market

4. The Original Farmers Market

  • Location: Mid-City Los Angeles
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More than just a tourist destination, this historic market started in 1934 and is the only that is open daily. From old-school butcher shops to locally farmed produce and one of LA’s best gourmet markets, there’s plenty to shop here. You’ll also find plenty to eat as you shop, including one of LA’s oldest Singaporean restaurants and a diner that’s almost as old as the market itself.

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Burbank Farmers Market

5. Burbank Farmers Market

  • Location: Burbank
  • Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Burbank farmers market has been around for almost 40 years and the proceeds raised go to the Providence St. Joseph Foundation. You won’t find DJs or petting zoos at this farmers market, which is focused on the produce and artisanal foods. Head here to score grass-fed beef from Bakersfield, local LA honey, fresh seafood off the boat and freshly made pastas. In the right season, you can also find jujubes and other Asian vegetables from Hier Cheemeng Farm in Fresno.

6. Atwater Village Farmers Market

  • Location: Atwater Village
  • Hours: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The farmers market in Atwater Village is another market with a strong local vibe. There are about two dozen vendors here offering everything the community may need from organic avocados, eggs, organic butter and gluten-free breads. Seafood lovers should not miss the freshly shucked oysters at Shucks Oyster Bar’s booth.

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Mar Vista Farmers Market

7. Mar Vista Farmers Market

  • Location: Mar Vista
  • Hours: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Mar Vista Farmers Market is well known as a family-friendly farmers market, with a free craft workshop for kids every week and kids cooking class on the fourth Sunday of the month. Shop for organic produce, cheese and wine from the Central Coast and stay for Sunday lunch and choose from arepas, dim sum and more. Not driving? This farmers market also offers free bike valet and tune-up.

8. Studio City Farmers Market

  • Location: Studio City
  • Hours: Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This farmers’ market in the San Fernando Valley is known as one of the most family-friendly farmers’ markets in town complete with a large kids play area, train rides and petting zoo. Shop for grass-fed meats, truffles, and sheep’s milk yogurt, then stay for lunch with moussakas, Salvadoran pupusas and more.

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9. Echo Park Farmers Market

  • Location: Echo Park
  • Hours: Friday, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This farmers market is on the smaller side, but it has a mellow community vibe. It’s easily accessible and the late Friday afternoon and early evening hours mean that 9-to-5 workers can still make it here at the end of their work week. Local produce aside, there is the occasional live music, locally produced honey and cheese, kombuchas, vegan empanadas and more. Stiff from hunching over a desk all day? This market also has Table Up Massage that can work on those knots for you.

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10. South Pasadena Farmers Market

  • Location: Pasadena
  • Hours: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The South Pasadena farmers market is certified as an organic farmers market but it is also popular with locals for the food vendors. In between shopping for fruits and vegetables from Cuyama Orchards or nopales cactus from Gutierrez Farm, grab some tri-tip from Robin’s Woodfire BBQ or musubi from Mama Musubi. There are plenty of treats to take home as well, including scones from one of our favorite afternoon tea purveyors, Sugarbird.

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Fiona Chandra is a freelance food and travel writer born in Indonesia and currently based in Los Angeles. She loves to explore different food and cultures in California and...