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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE STUDIO CITY FARMER’S MARKET
By M.R. Hunter
09/10/2010


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There is just the right amount of variety among the 100 or so vendors with a particular focus on locally grown produce, fresh flowers and creative wares from local artisans. Within an hour, you can stock up on a week’s worth of healthy ingredients for dinner, snacks, and a floral centerpiece to rival any you’ll find at Trader Joe’s, all at competitive prices compared to supermarket imported goods.

Studio City’s commitment to conservation and community is obvious when you see the cornucopia of organically grown vegetables and juicy fruits with several sample stands located throughout. By buying local, less energy goes wasted on transporting good from around the world and helps to support our local farmers.



If food is on your mind, then make sure to come here hungry with so many hot food vendors to choose from, just inhale the aroma from several of these stands and your mouth will water. Feast on Gangadin’s Indian cuisine or savor Corn Maiden’s fresh hot gourmet tamales. The most popular food vendor is Tropical Islands bacon wrapped hot dogs piled high with grilled onions and peppers. Prepare to wait in a long line for one of these $5 dogs, but it’s worth it! Wash any of these down with a cool coffee or lemonade from Rocky Roaster but save room for a snocone treat located conveniently at the exit/entrance of the market.

Looking for specialty foodie items not available in most stores, then you’ll find it here. We highly recommend Mark & Stephen’s Homemade Jams or Paddymac’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese and Uncle Berch’s Foods & California Olive Oils. Fungi eaters will find their mushroom nirvana at LA Fungh—always a crowd-pleaser. Hummus-lovers will want to stop by Mom’s Products Inc. with an inspired hummus selection, taboule salad, and stuffed grape leaves. Take home a fresh loaf of bread from Old Town Baking Company. You can have your cake and eat it too, although you may not want to as the desserts are as pretty as they are good for you with Jinou Edible Art cakes, pastries and fruit cups made with all-natural ingredients and gluten-free too!

For the non-vegans you’ll find cruelty-free meats at Dey Dey’s organic pasture raised chicken and all-natural local grass fed beef. There’s nothing better than bringing home the catch of the day and the Fisherman’s Catch will have you hooked on their fresh seafood.

Come with plenty of cash (although many vendors do take plastic), because you’ll want to splurge on novelty items and gift items such as the adorable handmade aprons from Michael Wells. Mike the Rockman has just about any kind of quartz imaginable at affordable prices. He’s also a big hit with the kids and offers lots of unique totems, bric-a-brac and the popular salt lamps. Need to spruce up your hairdo? Then stop by Posh Sox hair accessories for creative crunchies, clips and bows. Also, there is a Tie-Dye stand with a steady stream of onlookers as they create onsite designs. It will be difficult to resist Karen’s Handmade Soaps and lotions (the lavender cream is amazing).

Along the way, you’ll hear a handful of musicians that complete the pleasant atmosphere with their tunes. Stop by and say hi to one of the market’s long-standing performers and crowd pleaser, Francis Lynch on his steel drums. Get a kick out of the Dylan-esque duo, Organic Demo as they strum some classic hits with their own personal flair. Bluegrass fans will enjoy the down-home styling of Sometimes in Tune, although their performance schedule varies from week to week.

One of the biggest attractions here are the farm animals kids can hold, cuddle and pet with their parents. There are chicks, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, guinea pigs and sleepy goats to name a few. There is a pony ride with approximately six ponies that unlike Griffith Park’s, these horses look healthy, happy and well cared for. Another huge mainstay of the market is the Thomas the Train ride that makes a couple of laps in a secured area on the sidewalk and even has a train whistle kids will love. If the kids need to burn off some of their snocone-induced energy there is also the Batman jumper and an inflatable slide. Rated as “most kid-friendly” in Los Angeles Magazine in 2008 and Parents Connect Picks Winner last year, this market is the best place for families to shop and play together all in one easy, fun location.

Located on the little side street of Ventura Place that connects Laurel Canyon to Ventura Blvd (a good shortcut during heavy traffic on other days) the Studio City Farmer’s Market is easily one of the best of its kind. With so much to do and see within a comfortable walking distance, you’ll keep coming back to Studio City every Sunday and discover something new every time you visit.

Studio City Farmer’s Market
Open every Sunday
8am to 1pm
Free street parking.
Ventura Place off Ventura Blvd and Laurel Canyon

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