America's Best Farmers' Markets
Courtesy of Santa Monica Farmers Markets
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, California
The Spread: The biggest and oldest of Santa Monica’s weekly markets (there are three others) is this Wednesday gathering
downtown. Most of L.A.’s top chefs—including Mark Peel from Campanile and
Suzanne Goin from A.O.C. and Lucques—shop here for ingredients like Ranier
cherries, snap- and snow peas, and deep-red Vulcan lettuces; nectarines,
avocados, and Romano wax beans; and organically grown herbs and
specialty bottled oils.
Find: Smoked tomatoes
and peppers—which look like sun-dried but have a rich, almost meaty flavor—from
Windrose Farms, in Paso Robles.