Farmers Market is the spot in Los Angeles for pork roll
Feb 1, 2004
Pros: open seven days a week, validated parking
Cons: not the place for quick in and out shopping
The Bottom Line: Meet me at 3rd and Fairfax for shopping and lunch
The Farmers Market Los Angeles is located across the street from CBS Studios. This is where The Price is Right, Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful are taped. There is an entrance on Third Street via a traffic light that brings you to the enclosed parking structure or outdoor parking lot on two sides. This parking lot is accessible from Fairfax Avenue as well, on the right side with no light until you hit Third Street. On the other side on Fairfax is a Kmart store.
The Grove is the new shopping center and parking structure that opened a few years ago. There are several levels for parking, very organized lot with arrows and directions through out. Inside the structure are escalators and elevators leading back outside to the outdoor shopping areas. Restrooms and pay phones are at the bottom level once you get off the escalator. They have attendants there who keep the facility well maintained and fresh. They also have ATM machines around here, but do note the additional charge tacked onto your account.
When you use the parking structure you get one or two hours free with parking validation. This can be at any vendor within The Farmers Market Los Angeles or a store at The Grove. There is a trolley you can take to get from the parking area to the stores and market. The street is only used for walking around this location, so everyone is in the middle walking along the tracks and dogs are on leashes. There is a section to use a phone for taxi service, a bank, pharmacy and Lotto store are within The Farmers Market Los Angeles.
Since moving to Los Angeles from New Jersey in 1985 I have been visiting The Farmers Market Los Angeles for a product made in New Jersey known as Taylor Ham or pork roll. When friends and relatives visit from back east the request was always the same bring some pork roll. This is a New Jersey delicacy that is sorely missed by those who leave the State, but for those who reside in Los Angeles you only need to visit Huntington Meats & sausage at The Farmers Market Los Angeles to obtain either a one or three pound roll.
The hours of operation for The Farmers Market Los Angeles begins at 9 am daily through 9 pm. For Saturdays they are open from 9 am 8 pm and Sundays are 10 am 7 pm. There are sections that have open-air with the sun shining through as you sit at a table eating breakfast and reading the paper. There are produce vendors, fish and salad bars, pizza, delis, grills, bars, ice cream, candy, crepes, soup, cajun food, chinese food, bakeries and much more.
Also located at The Farmers Market Los Angelesis Du-Pars Restaurant. I have been here many times over the years for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their hours are different than the main ones, so you can arrive at 6 am for french toast and sausage. At times the service has been slow, but the desserts are very good. It is similar to a coffee shop atmosphere. Starbucks and Johnny Rockets are here as well as many other sit-down offerings. There are display cases for all vendors with fast service in an orderly fashion. I have visited one that serves beer and wine on tap for a nice break on a weekend shopping trip.
There is a variety of visitors at The Farmers Market Los Angeles, many families, elderly, visitors to the city, etc. will be found here buying souvenirs of Los Angeles in the form of clothing, bags, and knick knacks. Celebrities and Presidents have visited here with much fan fare. For families coming here after church on Sunday there is something to eat for each member of the family. You simply go to the vendor of choice and bring your plate to a table in the center.
There are vendors that make keys, a shoe repair and shine spot and dry-cleaners. The Police also maintain a booth on the premises. There are annual events that take place at the The Farmers Market Los Angeles. For St. Patricks Day delights such as corned beef and green beer as you listed to the strolling Irish bands make their way through the market. The Easter Bunny and a petting zoo arrive before Easter, Mariachi Bands play on Cinco de Mayo, a fall festival and the holiday celebrations in December.
There are some aisles that are hard to move around because there are many vendors with their items stocked up high, many have glass cases with their valuable collections they are selling. You can buy cookies, flowers, toys, stuffed animals, magnets, books and magazines as well as stickers at The Farmers Market Los Angeles. All the stuff that is sold on Hollywood Boulevard can be found here in one location, park and walk about sampling international cuisine, purchasing clothing for family and see a movie at The Grove. The Grove has Nordstroms, The Gap, Barnes & Noble, Crate & Barrel, Abercrombie & Fitch. I wish they had a Macys but they do not. There are vendors along the walkway selling items in carts similar to those found inside malls. I bought a Giraffe puzzle at one who had a booming business going.
Gift certificates for The Farmers Market Los Angeles are available in ten and twenty dollar denominations. They also sell tickets to shows taping at CBS studios. These would be purchased at the main office of the market. Bus stops are right on Fairfax and Third Street, plus the 10 Freeway is not far, use the Fairfax exit to get here.
For those visiting friends or relatives in Southern California, or if you moved out here from the East Coast this is the only spot outside of New Jersey where you will find pork roll. All you need to do is slice some up, heat for a few minutes and make a sandwich or have some eggs with it.
The Farmers Market Los Angeles is not far from downtown, Hollywood or beach locations. A visit to Southern California would not be complete without spending an afternoon at this venue. You can easily get to Santa Monica Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Boulevard, Melrose Avenue and Sunset Boulevard from this area and continue with your vacation plans.
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Pros: Location, Variety, Swanky, Fun! Cons: Parking may be tight on weekends The Bottom Line: Lots of fun with so much to sample and view. A real treat! I was expecting a typical "Farmer's Market" and was pleasantly surprised at what I found! A virtual smorgasboard of world class food, atmosphere, shopping and just plain fun. This Farmer's Market is open every day of the week from 9AM until 9PM and there is always a crowd. … more