Thursday, September 13, 2007

L.A.'s Most Family-Friendly Farmers Market

Last Thursday Maria wrote about the South Pasadena Farmers Market, and this Thursday I'm here to back her up.

Located on Mission -- right where the Metro Gold Line stops -- it's a perfect place for a market. People stroll from the restaurants to the market and back again; stores are open late; and the vibe is nice.

Plus, the food vendors are top-notch. There are a wide variety of produce, bread and baked goodies booths.

But I have to say, the South Pasadena Farmers Market is less about fruits and veggies (you can find a better selection at bigger markets like the Hollywood or Santa Monica ones), and more about the festive atmosphere. While you'd be hard-pressed to plop down and sit for a few hours at the Hollywood or Santa Monica ones, while letting your little ones run wild, that's part of the tradition at the South Pas market. Young parents with their kids sit on blankets, scarfing down gourmet tamales while their toddlers watch and squeal with delight as the Gold Line trains race by. (OK, that was me and Blogger Toddler last week.)

But get there while it's still light out relatively late -- and it's still warm outside. The South Pasadena Farmers Market takes place from 4 to 8 tonight. Parking's not hard to find -- or take the train in.

One reason it's a hit with kids: The constant appearance of the Gold Line, which Blogger Toddler never tired of watching as we consumed our tamales.

The farmers market staple: Fruit samples.

Tamales that live up to their gourmet name...

... just check out their menu. I ordered the "smoked BBQ chicken, red onion, cilantro and smoked Gouda cheese" tamale, while Evan had the more benign "green corn with sweet yellow corn" (which he completely consumed). We later brought home the "pumpkin and currant Jamaica Rum flavor" tamale for Maria.

As eaten on our blanket near the Metro Gold Line stop.

The rotisserie grill flames up.

Blogger Toddler meets Rice Krispie treat.

And oh yeah, produce.

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