Farm to you: breakdown of LA’s best farmers markets

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Juliette Deutsch, co-editor-in-chief

The berry selection at the Larchmont farmers market. Photo by: JULIETTE DEUTSCH
The berry selection at the Larchmont farmers market. Photo by: JULIETTE DEUTSCH

One of the great things about living in Los Angeles is the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available at our local farmers markets. Stone fruit, figs and bright heirloom tomatoes grace the stalls beginning in summer and stick around until fall. Make the most of the season and visit your neighborhood stand for the freshest ingredients in town.

Here is a breakdown of the best farmers markets in Los Angeles.

Santa Monica

Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Arizona Ave. between Fourth and Ocean Ave.

It’s hard to go wrong with peaches this time of year, but there were some definite winners found in Santa Monica. Their Summer Lady yellow peaches, Fire Pearl white nectarines and Snow Giant white peaches were sweet, flavorful and crunchy (just go with it). Another shocker was the whole-wheat sandwich bread with a slight rye tang that was somehow both light and hearty at the same time.

Melrose Place

Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Melrose Place between La Cienega and Melrose Ave

Located on the quaint street of Melrose Place, this little market is jam-packed full of picture-perfect produce. Tubs of grapes and baskets of strawberries are just a few of the gems you’ll wind up taking home. Before grabbing a latte at Alfred, pick up a basket of zucchini blossoms and a few ears of corn, and check out the cheese truck for its weekly selection.

Larchmont

Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Larchmont between Beverly Blvd and W. First

With patches of sun peeking through the dense tents, you’ll feel like you’re strolling through a market in Europe instead of a parking lot off of the cozy Larchmont Boulevard. Gorgeous purple bell peppers and multiple varieties of melons are something to stop and stare at (or snap an Instagram) while navigating the stalls.  After you finish your shopping, I recommend picking up a sandwich at Larchmont Wine and Cheese.

Mar Vista

Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grand View and Venice Blvd

Just blocks away from  Abbot Kinney is the Venice farmers market. Their market stretches from Grand View at Venice Boulevard all the way to Washington Place. The market hosts a variety of organic farmers and specialty artisan breads. Make sure to grab an olive loaf and a gorgeous five dollar bouquet from the flower stand on the way.

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