Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Farmers' Market - South Pasadena

While my preferred farmers' market is the one in Alhambra, sometimes I don't make it before it closes. So in July 2008, I checked out the South Pasadena market since it's held in the early evenings on Thursdays.

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Lots more people, that's for sure. I had to circle a few times to find a parking spot.

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Which meant the market itself was pretty crowded too.

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I also noticed a lot more prepared food stalls.

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Kimchee and fresh fish?!

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There were lines for pretty much every single food booth.

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Crepes too. How fancy!

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I noticed a lot of families. Nothing brings out the kids like bubbles.

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I just love how enthralled the kids all looked.

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After a quick walk-through, I located the fruits and vegetables. The prepared food booths and performers make the South Pasadena farmers' market a great place to take your kids on a weeknight for dinner and entertainment. I noticed lots of people brought blankets and picnicked, but I was there to do my grocery shopping.

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Unfortunately, the selection was pretty sparse.

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The reason I like Alhambra's farmers' market is that there are more Asian vegetables for sale. I might have bought some basil so that my visit wasn't completely a wash.

Some cute restaurants I passed by on the way back to my car.

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Might have to come back some time to check them out.

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Buy some fruits and vegetables if you're visiting the South Pasadena farmers' market to sample the food booths or to socialize, but I wouldn't recommend it specifically for the fresh produce. It is a nice place to people watch though.

Other farmers' market posts:
Alhambra Farmers' Market
Claremont Farmers' Market
Portland Farmers Market at PSU

South Pasadena Farmers' Market
At the Metro Gold Line Mission Station, at the intersection of Meridian Avenue and El Centro Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Thursdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. fall and winter, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. spring and summer

1 year ago today, Full House Seafood Restaurant (Dim Sum) - Arcadia.
2 years ago today, Banh Mi Thit Heo Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sandwich).
3 years ago today, Brussels sprouts stalks and pupusas at the Farmers' Market - Alhambra.


  1. Hey WC - We really miss the Farmer's Markets in LA. Those in SD really don't match up.

  2. Seemed almost like a fair rather than farmer's market. I think Brea's was a bit like this though a lot smaller. I keep meaning to get to Fullerton's, but never make it. One day...

  3. That looks like such a great market! Too bad we don't get this where I live.

  4. i JUST went to the santa monica farmer's market this week for the first time ever. i saw wild strawberries, crab apples, cranberry peas, and baby eggplants. i swear i've never seen these things before. i got the last of the blueberries and it was still sweet. i can't buy these things at supermarkets anymore. last night i made bulgogi stuffed squash blossoms fried in egg batter! oh and grilled shishito peppers. i'm in love!

  5. Kirk,
    I dunno, the one in SD where you get fresh uni sure looks good to me!

    That's what I thought. Especially with all the food and families out that day.

    I love outdoor markets.

    I still haven't been. That recipe sounds awesome!


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