Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Do: Santa Monica's Farmers Market

One of the many wonderful things about living in Santa Monica is its great farmers markets. There are four per week (info below), but many have described Wednesday as the favorite amongst chefs and foodies.   The downside is that it runs from 8:30am-1:30pm, which makes it nearly impossible for full time employed people to go to.

Since I'm currently transitioning between jobs, I was able to go today. I was not disappointed - it was such a great feeling to walk among fruit, vegetables, flowers. I couldn't help but pick up a few items as well.
I love this exotic flower. It is so interesting! 
Golden plums and super sweet black grapes
A new succulent plant, a sprig of rosemary and some figs
Chinese eggplant

If you can't make it Wednesdays, then my second favorite is the one on Sunday on Main Street. For more information, see below. Please note, information taken directly from the following website:

Santa Monica Farmers' Markets

There is nothing quite like wandering the colorful aisles of the four Santa Monica Farmers' Markets. The textures, the smells, the visuals it's no wonder so many local chefs choose to cull their produce and other seasonal favorites from the Farmers' Markets.
Santa Monica's Farmers' Markets are known for their rich bounties of vegetables, baskets of freshly cut flowers, live music, breads, cheeses, and delicious food samplings and the markets are open rain or shine for your convenience. For more information about the Farmers' Markets, call 310.458.8712.


Located on Arizona Avenue between Second and Third Streets:
Wednesdays, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm; Saturdays, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Wednesday market is the largest and the one most often frequented by local star chefs. Local restaurants make weekly appearances in a food tent on Arizona Ave. You can park on surrounding streets or in parking structures along Second and Fourth Streets, or the Tide Ride can take you to within a block of the Downtown market.


Located at Virginia Park (2200 Virginia Ave):
Saturdays, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
A fairly serious and businesslike market with superb produce. You can park in the lot or at the meters along Pico or adjacent to Virgina Park in the lot on the northeast corner of Pico and Cloverfield.


Located at 2640 Main Street:
Sundays, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
With the feel of a street fair, the market includes live music, pony rides, face painting and chefs serving breakfast, lunch and snacks. This is the only Famers' Market in Santa Monica to contain a large non-agricultural section. You can park on the surrounding street or at overflow parking at 2600 Barnard Way. Tell the attendant you're going to the Farmers' 

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