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Buying food from local farmers, food retailers, and food processors supports small businesses, creates jobs, and keeps our food dollars circulating through our community. One study showed that $1 dollar spent on local food can generate $2 or more in local economic activity. Purchasing from local farmers also helps protect farmland and green space surrounding our urban community from development, and ensures that future farmers will have a place to grow our food.

The City of Santa Monica has some of the most popular farmers markets in the greater Los Angeles area. Three days a week, on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, all year long, rain or shine, you can purchase ripe, delicious, seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, fresh meats, honey, dairy and eggs directly from the farmers who grow them. You can also pick up a wide variety of farmer-produced cheese, olive oil, jam and juice. Visit for details.

Many vendors at the market use little or no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers on their crops. While many carry California certified organic produce, some skip government certification (often because it is expensive), but build trust in their product through relationships. Buying directly from farmers gives you an opportunity to ask questions about how your food was grown, and to direct your food dollars directly to the producers who support you through sustainable farming.

The market offers you a wide variety of seasonal produce that is bursting with flavor because it ripens on the vine, not in a warehouse. It is also a great source for ethnic and regional specialties that are rarely found at grocery stores. The market offers something for every budget:

Santa Monica’s farmers markets serve consumers across the city, not just those that shop among the tents every week. Nearly a quarter of market sales are from local restaurants and produce companies that supply markets and restaurants across Southern California. The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District also purchases produce from the farmers market for the Farmers Market Salad Bar Program and brings students to the market for nutrition education field trips.

Santa Monica Farmers Markets Weekly Schedule:
Wednesday 8:30am – 1:30pm (Arizona Ave. & 2nd St.) Saturday 8:00am – 1:00pm (Arizona Ave. & 3rd St.) Saturday 8:00am – 1:00pm (2200 Virginia Ave.) Sunday 8:30am – 1:30pm (2640 Main St.)

Can’t make a Santa Monica Market? There are dozens of markets across Los Angeles.

Last updated: Tuesday, 10/31/2017
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