Since 1981, the Santa Monica Farmers Markets have been at the forefront of the locavore movement. Managed by the city, they are the only California Certified Farmers Markets (CFM) in Southern California, meaning that customers who purchase produce from the market can be assured that it came directly from the farm where it was grown, without middlemen. Sixty percent of the markets' vendors are also certified organic farmers. Each week you can also find a variety of artisan cheeses, natural meats, baked goods, fresh seafood, and other products.
There are currently four markets in the city that are convenient for anyone to visit, no matter when you are staying at your Santa Monica vacation rental.
Wednesday Downtown Farmers Market
Location: Arizona Avenue and Second Street
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday Downtown Farmers Market
Location: Arizona Avenue and Third Street
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Downtown markets are the largest and are commonly frequented by culinary professionals. Each week, a restaurant from downtown Santa Monica is featured in a food tent on Arizona Avenue.
Pico Farmers Market
Location: Virginia Park – 2200 Virginia Avenue (Cloverfield Blvd. at Pico Blvd.)
Day and time: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pico is a smaller market mostly run by families. It is a bit more serious and frequented by store owners.
Main Street Farmers Market
Location: Heritage Square (2640 Main Street)
Day and Time: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Main Street Market has more of a street festival feel. There is live music and face painting booths, balloon designs, a petting farm and pony rides. Local chefs also serve breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Don't forget to make some time to visit these great markets!