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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Echo Park Farmers’ Market: the Little Behemoth

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Story and photos by Valentina Silva

The Echo Park Farmers’ Market is bigger than it looks. Situated inconspicuously in a parking lot just south of Sunset Boulevard, it only has around twenty stalls. That’s pretty small compared to some of the behemoth markets around town, but the variety of fresh food available here is impressive.

I recently explored the market with Kelly Smith of the Echo Park Now blog. We had a great time ogling the fruits and veggies — highlights included giant zucchini, lush leafy greens, yellow raspberries, and plenty of intriguing unidentifiables.  We also enjoyed a feast of samples from some very serious cheese makers.

The Middle Eastern food selection was pretty spectacular. I purchased spicy labneh and some  delicious baba ganoush, but it was hard to choose just two after sampling so many different types of hummus and yogurt dips. The same vendor also sold pita chips, baklava and olive oil, which left me wishing I’d brought more cash.

What struck me the most about the Echo Park Farmers’ Market was the mellow vibe.  There wasn’t that frenzied element that can be intimidating at larger markets. All the sellers we met were very friendly and eager to answer questions about their products and farming practices.  It’s great to buy food from passionate people.

My only regret is that I didn’t get to try the barbeque from the Bigmista stall —they ran out of before I could get my hands on it!

The Echo Park Farmers’ Market happens every Friday from 3-7pm. It’s located south of Sunset Boulevard, off of Logan Street, in public parking lot #663.

Valentina Silva as a regular contributor writing about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her new blog, Eastside Food Bites.



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5 comments

  1. Yes the Mediterranean vendor! He used to carry Gyro’s too! Let’s convince him to bring it back!!!! FYI, His Humus is very good.

  2. Really miss the empanada guy 🙁

    But you know, the thing I love about this market (besides being a mile from home and at the perfect time to swing by on the way home from work) is that it is about the produce. It’s not overrun by clothing vendors, prepared food vendors, etc like some other farmer’s markets I’ve been to. And it has everything I need on a week-to-week basis. Small enough to get in and out quickly. Easy parking. Very nice people. Perfect.

  3. Yeah, let me second the above; I like that it’s about the produce/food and for the most part not some hippy ‘craft’ fair like what the Silverlake FM has become.
    As far as the the prepared food, I don’t mind it as the roasted chicken truck and the Indian food peeps (are they still there?) are pretty damn good…

  4. The prepared food at the Echo Park Farmer’s Market is good … but I’ve been to another “Farmer’s Market” (by USC) that is almost all prepared food stands, with just a couple of produce booths.

    I think we’ve got the best one!

  5. Valentina’s photos looks so great! We did good that day, I had enough fresh produce for a week or two. I sometimes wish, however, that the EP Farmers Market wasn’t during happy hour on Fridays…!

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