In Search of the Best Farmers Markets in Southern California

June 20, 2018

In Search of the Best Farmers Markets in Southern California

Oh, hello June! Your sudden arrival means summer is almost here. June is the month of the summer solstice, the Tour de France, and Hawaiian shirt Fridays at work. It’s also juicy peaches, watermelons and avocados month. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. In honor of our love for fresh produce and creating connections through community, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite Farmers Markets near E&S Ring apartment communities.

Farmers Markets not only offer the freshest local products around, they also help us connect with our communities and give us a chance to have face-to-face interactions with the people who grow and make our food. We also view Farmers Markets as our chance to support our local communities, Southern California farmers and small businesses.

Whether you’re looking for fresh fruits and veggies, unique items like homegrown hummus or roasted nuts, or simply want something cool to do on a weekend, check out these six Farmers Markets across the Southland.

LANCASTER

1. The BLVD Market
Lancaster Boulevard
Between Fern and Ehrlich Avenues
Lancaster, CA 93534

Located less than a mile away from our Parkwood Apartment Homes, it’s easy to see why this one is a local favorite. The City of Lancaster partnered with Raw Inspiration, a non-profit operator for California Certified Farmers Markets, to offer a weekly year-round Farmers Market in The BLVD shopping district each Thursday from 4 to 9 pm during the summer (April thru October) and 3 to 7 pm during the winter (November thru March). Since debuting in 2010, The BLVD Market has become a modern Lancaster hot spot on Thursdays. Attendees will find everything from organic produce, fresh bread and baked treats, salsa, honey, ready-made food, and gift items such as packaged gourmet food, unique soaps and lotions, hand-made jewelry and eye-catching accessories from more than two dozen vendors in a downtown setting on Lancaster Boulevard. Added bonus: they also get to connect with people in their local community!

CLAREMONT

2. Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market
Claremont Forum
2nd St At Indian Hill
Claremont, CA 91711

Located less than three miles from our Park Central Apartments, this family –oriented event is not to be missed. For your fresh produce fix, Inland Empire residents have a few great events to choose from — but the Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market offers one of the most dynamic mixes of local artisan crafts, certified organic produce and fresh flowers. Held each Sunday from 8am to 1pm on 2nd Street between Indian Hill Boulevard and Yale Avenue in the Claremont Village, this is fun for all ages.

STUDIO CITY

3. Studio City Farmers Market
Ventura Place
Studio City, CA 91604

Located less than two miles from our L’Estancia Apartment Homes, this farmers market has a little something extra. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly farmers market in the L.A. area, look no further than the Studio City Farmers Market. Taking place on each Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm at Ventura Place between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Radford Avenue, this Farmers Market is highly rated for its unique shops, interesting sights, and special kid section filled with pony rides, petting zoo and more. Other pluses: you’ll find one-of-a-kind produce and goods that you wouldn’t be able to just pick up around the corner, like grass-fed organic meatballs, vegan yogurt and even fresh lobster rolls. Yum!

LONG BEACH

Long Beach has plenty of Farmers Markets to choose from, so much so we couldn’t choose just one.

4. Downtown Long Beach Farmers Market
City Place Shopping Center
Long Beach, CA 90802

Located less than a mile from our Urban Village Apartments, take a stroll and check it out. The Downtown Long Beach Farmers Market takes place every Friday at City Place Shopping Center on 4th Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Pine Avenue from 10 am to 2 pm. You’ll find everything from fresh herbs and seasonal produce to artisan bread, pure honey and local cut flowers, as well as vendors serving fresh empanadas, cookies and you name it.

5. Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market
Alamitos Bay Marina 205 N Marina Dr
Long Beach, CA 90803

Located six miles from our Urban Village Apartments, we’re sure you’ll agree this is worth the drive. Well-rated on Yelp, the Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market at the Marina checks off all the boxes, plus you have your choice of freshly caught seafood. Each Sunday from 9am to 2pm, you’ll find everything from a fish monger tent, bison, olive oils, cookies, hot sauces and more, plus there’s a nearby craft fair that offers everything from candles to jewelry and clothes. Park at the Alamitos Bay Marina lot on E. Marina Dr. one quarter mile south of E. 2nd St., just west of PCH, and take a leisurely stroll inside.

LOS ANGELES

6. The Original Farmers Market
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Located less than three miles from our Mediterranean Village Apartment Homes and Villa Vicente Apartment Homes, a visit to this famous farmers market is a must. We would be remiss if we did not mention the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Anchoring The Grove shopping district in West Hollywood, this world-famous market has been a cultural landmark and institution since 1934. Open daily (although hours vary day to day), the Market boasts over 100 gourmet grocers and food vendors, luring visitors with the promise of fresh produce and the aroma of ready-to-eat goodies. Entry is free, but you'll want to have some cash on hand should any of the treats whet your appetite. Complimentary parking (when a ticket is validated at the market) is also provided for up to 90 minutes of parking at the market's two lots. It’s even worth the drive from West Park Village Apartment Homes, Casa Granada Apartment Homes, Rancho Los Feliz Apartment Homes, L’Estancia Apartment Homes, and Sunset Barrington Gardens Apartment Homes


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