DTLA Farmer’s Markets: The Freshest Way to Life in the City

Dtla farmers market

It’s official: DTLA loves our farmer’s markets. From the original FM at Grand Central Market to our vitamin-rich outdoor set-ups, our farmer’s markets offer farm-to-city freshness almost every day of the week.

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Order in the Courts at LA City Hall

Presented by Arts District Neighborhood Non-Profit and CD14, the popular lunchtime market, now in its 15th year, serves as a gathering place for those who live and work in the Civic Center area. The market has an online ordering option that takes the hassle out of shopping for groceries! Order by Tuesday evening, and your items will be available to pick up on Thursday. 10% of sales go to the nonprofit arts district nonprofit Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association, LARABA. 

The Warmth of Community in South Park

Presented by the South Park BID, much like the legendary beanstalk, the South Park Farmers’ Market has rapidly transformed over the past few months into a flourishing vegetation hub for the downtown community. 

Every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Downtown can find this vibrant market peeking through the trees of Grand Ave. between 11th Street and Olympic Blvd. Offering an array of locally grown produce, free-range meat, artisanal foods, handmade crafts, and the soothing sounds of acoustic music in the heart of the entertainment capital of Los Angeles, known as South Park,

Historic Core Restored

Sunday’s Historic Farmer’s Market, presented by the Historic Core BID, is organized by the Adam Ruiloba Southland Farmers’ Market Association, which turned 12 this year, making it one of DTLA’s first open-air farmers markets. It opens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Broadway and Main on 5th in the Historic Core, except for EBT, and offers many favorites, including homemade bagels, hummus, fresh produce, and a diverse cuisine, along with arts, crafts, and jewelry vendors.

Skid Row Wellness

Skid Row Wellness Market Place, organized by LA Community Action Network, SRM, has created a platform in which local farmers provide affordable, healthy, and unique produce to residents, as well as stimulate the social welfare of the community through local economic activity. 

Located at 838 E 6th Street, the market supports local small farmers inclusion and community gardens through a venture that builds community identity. Skid Row Marketplace has daily operating hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Freshness First at the Bloc

The Bloc just added fresh produce to the Bloc’s open-air shopping center to go with the many other offerings, with locals more excited to visit the location than ever before. Bloc Farmers Market is easily assessable by 7th Street Metro Center Station and sits at the base of its tri-level courtyard. Home to the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles Hotel, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Joey’s, Hatch, and District, just outside the doors of these eateries, Bloc event planners ensure visitors may partake in music, dance, and theater performances, art installations, fitness classes, and food and drink tastings at any given moment. 

Fresh is in style at the California Market Center.

Located at the California Market Center, Tuesday’s bring the Heritage Farmer’s Market, operated by Bing Turner and Matthew Mathiasen. The fashionable marketplace re-opened with the unveiling of a new plaza that spent its days during COVID under reconstruction. With hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, CMC Farmer’s Market is a market focused on public health and leisure. Unlike supermarket shelves stocked with produce that traveled for days and sometimes weeks, shoppers find farm-fresh produce at CMC that is much fresher. 110 E 9th St., Fashion District. California Market Center

Sustainable Views at LA Historic State Park

DTLA’s newest FM is the LA River Farmers’ Market, presented by SEE LA, happening at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Vendors on the grass-covered grounds offer fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked items, and artisan wares, all promoting healthy eating, sustainable living, and cultural heritage. Every Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors may explore 32 acres of open space for shopping, picnicking, walking, biking, and other forms of healthy living, along with the most amazing views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline.

TGI Fresh at Echo Park Farmers Market

Stock up on your groceries, get some fresh air, and support local businesses. Echo Park Farmer’s Market, located on Sunset and Logan, is open Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Established in 2006, the Echo Park Farmers’ Market has grown steadily to become one of the most popular and well-attended of SEE-LA’s certified markets. 

Every Friday, 15 local farmers set up their tables and offer up a wide variety of produce and value-added products like jams and jellies, honey, and fresh farm-grown flowers.

History 101 at Grand Central Market

Another daily opportunity for farm-to-city selections is the Grand Central Farmer’s Market.

What started off as Los Angeles’ largest and oldest public market opened its doors in 1917.
Since then, GCM has become a home for legacy vendors, showcasing California’s best ingredients, chefs, and entrepreneurs. Current owner Adam Daneshgar continues to solidify Grand Central’s place in downtown history, hosting people from around the world who come to the market daily. Grand Central will always have an open table ready for them. The market has daily operating hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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