The produce is nice but don’t forget the bread at the Atwater farmers’ market

Olive loaf / Photo by Valentina Silva

By Valentina Silva

This bread. It’s the reason I never miss Atwater Village Farmers’ Market on Sundays. To me, it’s the main draw. And that’s saying a lot because that little market, though compact, is full of all the stuff I love to eat—top notch fruits and vegetables, fresh meat, fruit pies, artisanal cheeses, and this bread from Mission Viejo’s Old Village Bakery.

There must be fifty Kalamata olives in every loaf. The outer texture is golden and crusty, the inside soft and chewy. It’s a fantastic (extravagantly fanciful; marvelous) addition/focal point to a Sunday morning breakfast.

Olive bread and breakfast/Photo by Valentina Silva

Though not exactly necessary, adding a thick schmear of unsalted butter or some goat cheese from Soledad Farms (also available at the market) is pure bliss. But whether you doctor it up or not, this bread is ideal for sopping up yolky eggs. I imagine it would also be pretty spectacular as part of a chicken salad sandwich or dipped into some soup.

If I could ever make it past breakfast before tearing into it, I’d find out.


Atwater Village Farmers’ Market
Glendale Blvd. at Brunswick Ave. (Wells Fargo parking lot)
Sundays, 10 a.m. –  2 p.m.

Valentina Silva writes about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her blog, Eastside Food Bites.


  1. But it couldn’t be better than the olive bread from Cookbook in Echo Park, could it?

  2. @Barbara, hmmm…I’ve never tried their olive bread. I think we need a taste challenge.

  3. Barbara…

    No, it could not.

  4. Masteroftheobvious

    I think how much they charge for their average bread is obscene

  5. Valentina,

    That does look like a good olive loaf. Atwater Village has one of my favorite farmers markets in the city, and it’s actually possible to find parking nearby, unlike Hollywood. Have you tried the new Baja style fish taco booth yet? Pretty good.

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