The states of California and Arizona are places with rich history, that have much to do for those that love entertainment, culture, and the great outdoors. Retrace the steps of gold rush settlers at the Fountain Tallman Museum in El Dorado County, and learn the history of indigenous cultures at the Pueblo Grande and Navajo Nation Museums—as well as many others. Stand among the redwood trees in Sequoia National Park, or hike in the depths of the Grand Canyon… Or you can always just go to Disney Land! But beyond a wealth of fun (and sometimes very touristy) attractions for the west coast indoctrinate, there are also great farmers markets and fresh markets in each state. Whether you are shopping for unique spice blends at the Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market, or want to get a haircut at the Original Farmers’ Market, there is plenty to do here in the Pacific Southwest.

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California

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The Original Farmers’ Market

Los Angeles, CA

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Since 1934, The Original Farmers’ Market has been proudly serving the Los Angeles community by providing top-notch fruit, produce, artisan groceries, and international cuisine. Swing by this market any day of the week, and you will be treated to fresh meat and seafood, pre-baked goods, as well as gourmet wine and cheese. Unlike many markets, however, The Original Farmers’ Market is also home to dozens of independent and boutique retailers–functioning much like an upscale shopping center for mom-and-pop businesses. Here you can find bars that will fit any social occasion, restaurants that will tantalize the senses, clothing stores, book stores, furniture, and kitchen appliance stores, as well as salons and barbershops. But that’s not all: The Original Farmers’ Market is also home to some pretty great events too. While the market has been trying to play an instrumental role as a COVID-19 vaccination site, with many vaccinations successfully distributed, and summer underway, The Original Farmers’ Market is also home to a summer series of weekend concerts every two weeks each month.

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Address:

6333 W. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Time:

Sunday-Thursday (10:00am – 8:00pm),
Friday-Saturday (10:00am – 9:00pm)

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The Fort Mason Farmers’ Market

San Francisco, CA

Year-Round

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Though the Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market is one of the newer marketplaces in San Francisco, in that time it has rapidly grown in support from the greater Marina neighborhood where it is based. With over 35 different growers in attendance, the Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market is a great place to discover the offerings of the Bay Area’s organic farms, offering flowers, berries, citrus fruit, meat, and other grocery items. With a cozy, family-friendly environment, and sweeping views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, The Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market may be one of the smaller and newer markets on our list, but it is definitely worth a visit.

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Address:

Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd.

San Francisco, CA 94109

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Hours:

Sunday (9:30am – 1:30pm)

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The State St. Farmers’ Market

Carlsbad, CA

Year-Round

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Located on State St. between Grand Ave. and Village Dr., The State St. Farmers’ Market is the ideal destination for a variety of independently made, and locally sourced goods. It is also one of the few farmers’ markets on our list where its primary market is in the middle of the workweek. Come here for fresh salmon, homemade granola, kombucha, Indian and Thai cuisine, coffee, and so much more!

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Address:

300 Carlsbad Village Dr., 108A #135

Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Hours:

Wednesday (2:30pm – 7:30pm)

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Arizona (Phoenix)

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Ahwatukee Farmers Market

Phoenix, AZ

Year-Round

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The Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market is one of a variety of destinations in Phoenix where residents can get access to a wide selection of meats, vegetables, flowers, and other specialty items. Come here for locally made granola, Native jewelry, knife sharpening services, jellies, and many other premade products from independent sellers. The Farmers’ Market also hosts Yoga in the park on some weekends too.

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Address:

4700 East Warner Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85044

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Hours:

Summer – Sunday (8:00 am – 11:00am)

Fall-Spring – Sunday (9:00am – 1:00pm)

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Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market

Phoenix, AZ

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Also in Phoenix, you can find the Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market, which happens on Saturdays in Phoenix Arizona’s Roadrunner Park. While this market may be light on its artisan presence, here you can find an incredible host of pre-made offerings along with the traditional selection of meat and produce. Come here for locally made hummus, pasta, grilled cheese, seasonings, and popsicles, amongst many things. Similar to other markets in the area, the Roadrunner Park farmers’ market has a schedule that runs slightly shorter in the summertime because, well, Phoenix is in the middle of the desert! But like other farmers’ markets in the area, the Roadrunner Park farmers’ market runs slightly extended hours from the fall to the spring when weather is more amenable to being outside.

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Address:

3502 East Cactus Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85032

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Hours:

Summer – Saturday (7:00 am – 11:00am)

Fall-Spring – Saturday (8:00am – 1:00pm)

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Downtown Phoenix Open Air Market

Phoenix, AZ

Year-Round

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Home to more than 100 different vendors and sellers, the Downtown Phoenix Open Air Market is part of Food Connections, a greater non-profit organization that is committed to supporting healthy local foods and strengthening sustainable food systems. Come here for a little bit of everything, whether it’s food trucks, skincare products, jewelry, furniture, or delicious fruits, vegetables, and meats from any of the area’s great local food suppliers.

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Address:

721 North Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Hours:

Summer – Saturday (8:00 am – 12:00am)

Fall-Spring – Saturday (8:00am – 1:00pm)

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