It all started in 1934 when each week a group of farmers would park their trucks on the empty land at the corner of Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Displaying their produce on the tailgates of their vehicles, and customers would stroll among the trucks to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Today’s The Farmers Market LA (6333 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90036) has over 70 owner operated stalls. Wander the Farmers Markets non-food shops that range from the hot sauce store which possibly has every kind of hot sauce there is to a 60 year old toy store and the sticker store – Sticker Planet.
Adjacent to the Farmers Market is The Grove, a large mall with a small park in the center with an animated fountain that plays a music show on the hour rather like the Bellagio fountains in Vegas on a much smaller scale. The entertainment news show Extra can be often found filming in front of the fountain during the week. You can walk or take the trolley from the Farmers Market to The Grove as the two malls are seamlessly joined. The Grove also has a 14 screen movie theater if you want to catch a movie later.
When you are ready to eat, head back to the Farmers Market for their overwhelming variety of different foods from around the world to choose from. Order at the counter, grab your tray and then sit anywhere on the patio tables and chairs. Whatever you choose, there is something for every budget and taste.