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Know Your (Seasonal) Farmers' Market: Thursdays at Yamashiro

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This is a bittersweet installation of our Know Your Farmers' Market series, because not all our local weekly markets can operate year-round, and because of the weather, this one is about to close down for the chiller months. There are only two weeks left of this fabulously fun and unique market run by LA City Farm that launched earlier this year, but there are plenty of reasons to go check it out.

With one of the most dazzling open-air views in the entire city, Yamashiro's garden is like a snug sash that wraps around the base of the historic Hollywood hilltop restaurant. A free shuttle you pick up down the way off La Brea south of Hollywood Blvd. brings guests up to the venue, where the market--more like a well-organized street party--awaits.

Sure, you can do your regular marketing here, and make stops at the produce, honey, fruit and nut, pastry, and other vendors you'll find at other weekly farmers' markets. Live entertainment for the kids and the grown-ups add jubilant energy to the experience of strolling the stalls, and tables set up along the ledge give guests a chance to sit down and drink in the view.

Speaking of drinking, this market boasts wine tastings via an outpost set up by Yamashiro, and for the closing two weeks, marks the return of the VeeV Apothecary booth, where guests can customize herbal cocktails made with VeeV and take home as souvenirs the mason jar in which it's served, and an acai berry bracelet.

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Hungry? Get in line for Chef Brock's amazing fusion tacos. Chef Brock [Twitter] is the Executive Chef of Yamashiro, but out in the market he gets to play with your food a bit, and has come up with a tantalizing menu of tacos, and, on the side, a killer wasabi guacamole. If something more elegant and indoors is more your speed, inside Yamashiro you can visit the full service dining room, or grab a seat in the bar area and check out their affordable, quirky Bar Bites menu.

Grab your reusable shopping bags, some cash, and your coat (it gets mighty chilly on top of that hill, even in the peak of summer!) and take advantage of the last two weeks of this fun seasonal market.

There are 2 nights left of the Yamashiro Garden Market: Thursday October 21 & 28, 5-9 PM. Pick up the free shuttle at the Christian Science Church on La Brea & Hollywood Blvd. if possible.

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