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Food

It's National Farmers Market Week... Where Will You Celebrate?

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The US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared that in light of the fact that "farmers markets are important nationwide outlets for agricultural producers," and that thousands of markets "across the country offer consumers affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm in their freshest possible state," and beacusw of the numerous economic and health-related benefits of getting food from them, that August 2-8 is National Farmers Market Week. Huzzah!It's pretty easy to celebrate, especially in California at the height of summer. If you're already a loyal shopper at your favorite markets, keep doing what you do. But if you've been "meaning to" check out a market, make this the week--why not?

Last week the LA Times published a user-friendly searchable map of markets. There's also the bounty offered by the Local Harvest site, this great list of LA and SoCal's Certified Farmers Markets, the 75-year-old Original Farmers Market, and a couple of markets we've checked out lately (and in the past) that get the LAist seal of approval. And even though we're not topping any lists for best use of local food, many of our best chefs are market mavens, and our school kids are learning the multiple values of growing.

You tell us: What's the best farmers market in Los Angeles?