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Saturday Arizona Santa Monica Farmers' Market vs. Wednesday? Any thoughts?

omotosando | Mar 23, 200811:47 AM

I usually go to the Sunday Beverly Hills Farmers' Market, but since it is closed for Easter, I went on Saturday to the Santa Monica farmers' market on Arizona..

It was kind of a hassle, since it is out of my way, I had to pay $5 to park becauseI didn't want to drive around trying to find a space and it was much more crowded than the Beverly Hills market, making for a less enjoyable shopping experience. I was also disappointed that although it is billed as the "organic" market, most of the stands did not appear to be organic. Plus the organic blood oranges that I did buy were a pale comparison to the organic ones that I had gotten the previous week at Beverly Hills.

The things I really liked compared to the Beverly Hills market were that there was a stand selling all kinds of organic dried fruits and nuts (I have not seen anything comparable at Beverly Hills), there was a guy selling wild nettles and he said he would have purslaine later in the season (wild greens don't seem big at the Beverly Hills market) and there were two vendors who had huge selections of beautiful organic greens (much bigger than the selections I have seen at the Beverly Hills market). Still, given the hassle, I think I will stick with the Sunday Beverly Hills' market. (Plus Beverly Hills has "Mom's', a Middle Eastern vendor who sells a feta cheese labeled "Tunisian" which is feta cheese lover's heaven).

Still, I was wondering how the the Wednesday Santa Monica market compares to the Saturday market? If people think that one is much better, I will give the Wednesday market a whirl.

Also, on my way home from the Saturday Arizona market, I did also stop at the Saturday farmers' market on Pico in Santa Monica. That one was a real disappointment. Not much organic produce and, in general, the selection and quality were not as high as at the Arizona market or the Beverly Hills' market.

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