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Holiday Festivities

Westside Today:  For the first time ever, the Pico Improvement Organization, Buy Local Santa Monica, Virginia Avenue Park and Santa Monica’s Farmers Markets co-hosted a festive Trio Holiday Celebration Saturday, Dec. 9, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The event was located in the area of the park just adjacent to the simultaneous farmers market, allowing access to the adjacent outdoor stage as well as integration with the farmers market.  Read more >


2017 Santa Monica Farmers Market - Thanksgiving Recipe Guide

SM Daily Press:  Be sure to visit our Santa Monica Farmers Markets on November 22nd - likely to be the largest, busiest and for many people, the most important market of the year as customers descend en masse to purchase the final ingredients for their Thanksgiving feast.  All the Santa Monica farmers markets (Main Street, Downtown Weds/Sat and Virginia Avenue Park) are ready to fill pantries with holiday staples. 

Check out this great Thanksgiving Recipe Guide for some great SM Farmers Market farmer, vendor and staff's favorite Thanksgiving recipes - from Raphael Lunetta's "The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Method" to Bezian Bakery's Bread Pudding Recipe, Bareburger's "Farmers' Market Old Fashioned"  and Smith Farms' Butternut Squash Soup with Fried Brussel Sprouts.  You can also pick up a copy of the Guide at any of our SM Farmers Markets this month!

Yum!  #EatLocalSM #ShopLocalSM #BuyLocalSM #SMFarmersMarkets


Red, Ripe and Renegade: Berries That Break All the Rules

The New York Times:  It ought to be easy to find a single ripe strawberry to sample in a 20-acre field. But Rick Gean picked two bright-red specimens and looked dubious.

“This one should be O.K.,” he said, sounding not quite convinced. Then again, his definition of ripe is more stringent than most.

Mr. Gean and his wife, Molly, own Harry’s Berries, a strawberry farm on the inland edge of this coastal city north of Los Angeles, where they do nearly everything wrong, at least according to the gospel of modern commercial berry farming.

The Geans grow Gaviota and Seascape strawberries, known for sweetness and flavor but not for productivity or the ability to survive shipping and days in a supermarket produce department. Until five years ago, the only place to find Harry’s Berries was at Southern California farmers’ markets — and today, the markets still make up 70 percent of the farm’s sales.  Read more >


Ventura County chef, farmers will help feed Special Olympics athletes, families

Ventura County Star:  Ventura County flavors will be featured during a massive Picnic in the Park reception for 5,000 athletes, family members and guests attending the 2015 Special Olympics World Games this month in Los Angeles....

Other participating chefs include Susan Feniger of Border Grill, Nick Shipp of Upper West, and Jason Prendergast of Tender Greens.

Other participating farms include Weiser Family Farm, Tutti Frutti Farms, Coleman Family Farm, Windrose Farm, JJ.'s Lone Daughter Ranch, Drake Family Farm, Roan Mills, Peter Schaner Farm and Valdivia Farm.

The chef-farmer pairing portion of the reception is being organized by Santa Monica Farmers Market. The event will be presented by the County of Los Angeles...Read more > > >


Santa Monica Farmers Market Welcomes New Prepared Food Vendors

The 2015 annual prepared food selection process for the Santa Monica Farmers Markets is complete!  Each year, one third of the vendor contracts expire and new and old vendors alike apply through a competitive bid process to participate in one of the four farmers markets. 

The Santa Monica Farmers Markets are excited to announce the 2015 awardees who start at the markets this month! 

Main Street Market:  Bean & Thyme (returning), Ca’D’Oro Bakery (returning), Bistro Laurent (returning)

Downtown Wednesday:  Step Up on Second (returning)

Pico Market:  Lo/Cal Café & Market (new), ZGarden (new)

Downtown Saturday Market:  Frogs Bakery (new)

Applicant selection includes five areas of evaluation; business location, ingredient sourcing, sustainability, experience and value.  For information about the application and selection process please visit the farmer’s market website