Do you avoid the Farmers Market because it's too expensive? This summer, Emma Finn (an intern with the SMFMs) did a price comparison study investigating this idea. Here's an excerpt from her report:

"Shopping at farmers markets is often perceived to be more expensive than shopping at retail grocery stores. This study provides data from the Wednesday Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market to verify that this perception is not always the case, and that farmers markets actually offer very comparable prices to that of nearby grocery stores while holding all sorts of added value. Some items may be slightly more expensive at the farmers market while other items are significantly cheaper, however, prices vary greatly depending on the product, product origin, seasonality, certification, etc. In addition, the prices of goods you buy at a farmers market will vary from vendor to vendor, by certification (or lack thereof), by seasonality, and even by time of day (i.e. at the beginning or end of the market day). Furthermore, while price is the baseline comparison used in this study, there are all sorts of additional value that come with purchasing produce at farmers markets, including valuable farmer-to-consumer relationships, assurance of ripeness and freshness, more variety, and, many would argue, better tasting and higher quality items."

Read the full report here!

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Holiday Closures

The Saturday Downtown Market will be closed following Thanksgiving, November 28, 2020, please visit our other Saturday market in Virginia Avenue Park

Check back for 2020 winter holiday closures in November.

Market Schedule

Open Rain or Shine
Year-round

Wednesday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th & Ocean)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th & Ocean)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday Virginia Ave. Park

Pico Blvd. & Cloverfield Blvd.
8:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Main St.

240 Main St.
8:30am - 1:30pm