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Delicious Spree LA to Z...Farmers' Market, Culver City

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LAist is going on a delicious spree around LA from A to Z. This week, F is for Farmers' Market. We're not blogging about the permanent Farmers' Market at 3rd and Fairfax, but the many certified markets around the southland that offer fresh produce from local farmers. LAist will visit a different market each day this week.

Tuesday seems to be the start of the week for Farmer’s Markets. Monday only has 3 markets, and they are only in L.A. County; but Tuesday has nine markets in L.A., O.C., and San Bernardino counties. Because the Culver City Market is within walking distance of some of us at LAist, we took a slightly long lunch and klack-klack-klacked in our stupid high heels down Washington Boulevard to Main Street. We could smell the smoke from gourmet sausages a block away.

It definitely didn't matter that we were taking a lunch hour to visit the market because booth after booth, we were sampling everything from strawberries to grapefruits to avocadoes. Bacon avocadoes - halfway to a Cobb salad - amazing. Table after crate after box after table of the most brilliant fruits and vegetables, every vivid color in the Roy G. Biv. And what amazed us the most as we sauntered along in my corporate business casuals, was that it was all au naturel, not like the big corporate grocery stores. No makeup. No plastic chemical surgical enhancement. Just purely Mother Nature, and Farmer's nurture.

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The beauty of the Culver City market is that the focus here is not only on the produce. There are local food vendors that provide a Tuesday lunch getaway for many of the Culver City working crowd. There's everything from gourmet sausages being grilled on a giant flatbed grill to tamales to kettle korn for an afternoon snack. And unlike many of the markets that shut down by 1:00, Culver City's market opens at 2 and goes strong all afternoon until 7 pm!

Farmers Markets on Tuesday in L.A. County:
Baldwin Park - Cesar Chavez Drive and Ramona, 4:00 PM 9:00 PM, 626.960.4011
La Verne - D Street and Bonita Ave. 5:30 PM 9:00 PM, 909.592.3002
Culver City - Main Street between Venice and Culver boulevards, 2 to 7 p.m. 310.253.5775
Lynwood - 3798 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., noon to 5 p.m. 310.885.3751
Norwalk - South side of Alondra Boulevard west of Pioneer Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 562.921.2321.
Pasadena (Villa Park) - East Villa Street at Garfield Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 626.449.0179
Torrance - Wilson Park (Crenshaw Blvd), between Carson St and Sepulveda Blvd, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 310.328.2809

Tuesday in Orange County: Brea - Birch Street and Walnut Avenue, 4 to 8 p.m. 714.329.6755
Mission Viejo - Plaza del Lago at Marguerite Parkway and Vista del Lago, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 714.573.0374

Tuesday in San Bernardino County:
Big Bear Lake - Big Bear Blvd and Division Rd, April through October, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 760.247.3769