Our fair city's farmers markets are a culinary treasure and the envy of every other market in the country. Almost anything and everything edible will grow and grow well in the sunny and fertile California Central Valley, and the hardworking farmers there bring their beautiful bounty to our markets every week. I've been enjoying the Hollywood Farmers Market almost every Sunday for a few years now, and on this lazy Sunday morning stroll it will be my pleasure to share my favorite foods and vendors with a few fellow foodies.
We'll begin our tour at the main entrance of the oh-so-recognizable, landmark Amoeba Records on Sunset and Ivar at 10:30 am. If you're driving, I suggest you park next door at the Arclight's garage. It's $2 with (free) validation from the market. Once we're all assembled, we'll cross Sunset to begin our market visit. We'll spend a leisurely 45 minutes to an hour to visit my favorite farmers, shop and soak up the sights. I'll show you who sells the best among citrus, avocados, greens, herbs, meat, eggs, mushrooms, potatoes and more. I'll mention who sells the best among some out-of-season produce such as amazing hachiya persimmons, heirloom tomatoes, passion fruit, huckleberries, kumquats, etc.
From there, we'll drive to the Larchmont Farmers Market on North Larchmont Blvd between Beverly and 1st. There's free parking in the underground garage across from the market. When we've gathered together again, I'll take us through this smaller market. We'll focus on prepared goods here, such as bread, pasta, vinegar, jam, salt and tea, plus the best fresh juice in the city. (I bought cherry juice last week that was so intensely fresh and flavorful I couldn't help but drink the entire quart that day.)
If I get a chance, I'll tell you where to get some exotic goodies from other markets such as emu eggs, chinese finger limes, cardano, amaranth, smoked tomatoes, flowering fruit tree branches, romanesco cauliflower, and a variety of herbs and lettuces large enough to make a foodie's head explode.
To top it off, we'll walk to the Larchmont Bungalow for some red velvet pancakes or strawberry tequila french toast. It'll be a new experience for me, but the reviews look solid:
And what self-respecting foodie could resist trying red-velvet pancakes?
You will need cash to buy at the market. There's an ATM there. Vendors will provide you with plastic bags, but please bring your own. I recommend a large bag with handles and several smaller plastic bags.
Sunday morning at the market has become one of the highlights of my week. We're going to have a great time!