One thing I’ve decided to start doing is exploring and documenting all of the Farmer’s Markets in the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley. I love Farmer’s Markets because it gives the community a chance to engage with and support local Farmers and merchants. This past weekend my husband and I visited the Farmer’s Market at the Grove and it was so much fun!
The first thing I had to do was take a selfie in the car of course. I thought I looked like a cute and innocent little tourist with my camera hanging on my neck. (of course you can’t see it here because, well…I was using it to take this selfie)
Upon entering you can see a big clock tour that is on the Farmer’s Market half. One half is very luxurious with shops and restaurants that is known as The Grove, while the other has smaller, more fast food type restaurants and fresh produce. This are is known as the Farmer’s Market.
One thing I love about this Farmer’s Market is that since the Grove is it’s permanent home, there are a ton of little shops around the area. One shop I truly love is called Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market. Every time I walk in it’s like walking into heaven!
Upon entering you’ll see a deli meat and cheese counter, a huge selection of cooking wines and oils, and a section of cooking utensils such as cedar planks for infusing flavor into your meat.
In the next aisle, there are rows and rows of store made spices. They make their own spice blends! Of course I had to peruse these slowly and conscientiously because I LOVE me some spices.
Check out all of this amazing spicy-ness.
Next I moved on to Sur La Table, which also has cooking classes throughout the week. I have yet to try one, but when I do I will be sure to let you all know! Check out how welcoming it all looks.
Next we moved on to cutlery and dish ware because I hope to spruce up my own collection sometime soon. I want all of my recipes to be even more beautiful atop these fine pieces of art.
Next I had to check out their pre made sauces and marinades. Also a fun aisle.
Then we decided to move on to the actual Farmer’s Market portion with fresh produce, but not before grabbing lunch. Ohhh this lunch was great! I had a spiced pork hot dog with grilled onions and garlic sauce with a side of crunchy garlic tater tots. Lots of garlic, I know, also not the healthiest, but it was the weekend so why not.
This place is called Fritzi Dog and it’s pretty inexpensive and tasty! I couldn’t get a shot of the sign because there were just too many people, so I got a shot of their hot dog variations.
Here is a shot of my lunch. Yum yum! I must say my tummy hurt after, but that’s what you get when you eat greasy food!
A shot of mine and my husbands.
Some of the amazing produce!
The tomatillos I bought for my enchilada recipe, which I will be posting later!
I also got some amazing poblano green chiles, limes, cilantro and garlic for the enchiladas too! All in all, the Farmer’s Market was a success.
Bye Bye Farmer’s Market! Until next time!