We all know that L.A. has a disproportionate amount of skinny girls. Although many resort to drastic measures (a la Kelly fainting from too many diet pills in the original Beverly Hills 90210), L.A. is a town where itʼs pretty easy to be healthy. Itʼs also pretty easy to get a Philly cheese steak at 2 am. However, one of the ﬁrst things I discovered when I got to L.A. was Farmerʼs Markets. Thereʼs nothing better on a beautiful Sunday morning than taking your canvas tote (canvas totes are the only acceptable Los Angeles shopping bag, recyclable is the “green movement” of yesteryear), smelling all the fruits and vegetables, and eating free hummus (and goat cheese if youʼre lucky!) samples. Itʼs inexpensive and you really can make a day out of it. If youʼre used to eating things from a box that start in “lean” and end in “cuisine”, then Iʼve included some recipes. By the way, MEN, this is for you. There is nothing sexier than grilled vegetables. Trust me.
– Always bring cash. These are local farmers and small business, itʼs one of the rare times you canʼt get by just swiping a card.
– Walk around and check out multiple booths before you buy. Prices can vary but you deﬁnitely ﬁnd deals cheaper than the local market. Take your time today. Tomorrow you will be ﬁlled with trafﬁc.
– Some of the fruit is cosmetically challenged. Large chains pay big bucks for attractive fruit the way some men pay big bucks for attractive women. Real fruit has real ﬂaws. It still tastes delicious.
When & Where?
There is literally a Farmerʼs Market every day of the week in every part of LA. Simply Google your zip code. But here are a few:
Brentwood Village Farmerʼs Market
741 Gretna Green Way
Los Angeles CA 90049
This is located near a lot of cute shops and cafes on San Vicente so you can be well dressed and cafﬁenated for your market trip
Hollywood Farmerʼs Market
1600 Ivar Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90028
Right in the heart of Hollywood this giant farmerʼs market has lots of awesome food booths and fresh lemonade. Deﬁnitely come with an empty stomach.
Santa Monica Farmerʼs Market
Arizona and 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Wednesdays 8:30am-1:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am-1:00pm
Just a two minute walk from the Santa Monica pier, you can buy some fresh food and eat it right at the beach! Shop and hit the beach! Youʼre in So Cal now! (I get excited just thinking about how damn lucky we are!)
Here are a couple recipes to get you started:
Farmerʼs Charm Guacamole
2 tsp fresh lime
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1 diced roma tomato
3 tbsp chopped onion
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp mayonnaise
Mix together in a bowl! That was easy!
Apple Cole Slaw
3 cups chopped cabbage
2 apples, cored and chopped
1 large carrot, grated
2 green onions, ﬁnely chopped
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c mayonnaise
lemon juice to taste
In one bowl mix all produce. In another bowl mix sugar, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Pour the contents of one bowl into the other and mix that together. Sooo Easy!
As you can see, I like to impress with the least effort possible. Both these dishes are good for you and great for a party or picnic. Enjoy summer!