Summer is in full swing: Long days and warm nights conspire to create a bounty of seasonal foods that will not only ignite your imagination, they‘ll inspire you to ignite your backyard grill. But with so many bountiful choices, where should you start?
One of the most popular places to begin is where everything in this area began: The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax.
When the Market was established in July of 1934, the Larchmont/Hancock Park district was the epicenter of Hollywood, home to film stars and behind-the-camera types working at the nearby film studios. The corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue was all but an empty lot, adjacent to local orange groves and bean fields. Here, local farmers gathered to sell their wares to the public. Cut to 84 years later, and The Original Farmers Market is still going strong. Some call it the original farm-to-table experience in Los Angeles!
Since 2008, The Original Farmers Market has celebrated its anniversary by hosting a “Taste of Farmers Market” event. This year, the event will be held on Tuesday, July 24th 2018, from 5 ‘til 9pm. The Market merchants will be welcoming locals and visitors alike to meet, greet and (most importantly) eat. This ticketed event offers over 50 tastes and samplings from the Market’s many restaurants and grocers—and includes free parking and a special 10th anniversary souvenir. Fire Station 61 will also be serving their Firehouse Chili. Tickets are available for purchase at farmersmarketla.com or at the Farmers Market Customer Service Office.
Once you’ve been inspired during this feed-fest, you can then move forward on to creating your own culinary adventure. To help spark your imagination, the artisan grocers of The Original Farmers Market will be promoting “Summer Essentials,” which are discounted groceries curated to help elevate your summer dining experience—all offered at 10% off through Labor Day. Summer Essential flyers can be found throughout the Market, or downloaded at farmersmarketla.com.
The Original Farmers Market has witnessed the city’s remarkable transformation during the past 84 years. Yet it remains one of the last living bastions of days gone by—a robust and thriving testament to Los Angeles history, culture and delicious food.