Highland Park Market Offers Friendly Atmosphere

Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers’ Market is a great neighborhood gathering place.

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vender gives youths orange slices as free samples

Free samples delight shoppers at Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers’ Market.

Highland Park’s Old LA Market (Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.):

A Friendly Market in a Colorful Neighborhood

Small but charming describes Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers Market, which runs along Avenue 58 from the Highland Park Gold Line station to Figueroa Street.

Arthur Braitsch serenades shoppers at Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers’ Market.

You definitely feel a neighborhood vibe while perusing the vendors along mural-lined Avenue 58. Many shoppers are regulars — vendors and shoppers greet each other by name, which gives a welcoming feel to this market. The colorful decor of the avenue echos a quaint Mexican zócalo or plaza.

Started in 2006, this market now hosts approximately 20 vendors offering fresh and prepared food, and about half a dozen vendors selling used/vintage clothing and household items.

Blowup slide is a popular feature at Highland Park’s  Farmer’s Market

Despite the fact that this market is smaller than the other markets we’ve visited (East LA, Little Tokyo/Downtown), it has a unique character, as does each of the other markets.

Although the food section of Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers’ Market is only two long blocks (with clothing, etc. covering another two blocks), the  selections are certainly enough to fill our produce wants, and the market isn’t overwhelming.

We hope to see it thrive and grow a bit bigger, but we find its smaller size makes it easier to shop than many older markets in the area. This is a market that you can do at your own pace — quickly or leisurely — and feel you’ve covered it all.

Steven Rossen, baker-owner of Mardy’s Munchies, makes mouthwatering fruit tarts and other tempting goodies.

These colorful drinks are sweet and refreshing on a hot day.

We found the certified organic produce fresh and flavorful. Several prepared items always tempt us, and we were pleased to find one of our favorite items from other markets here: Kettlestones’ Best Hummus Ever (three 7-ounce containers for $10).

Our must-buy item is always at least one fruit tart from Mardy’s Munchies, $2.50 each. So far, raspberry crumble is our fave from the choices, including blueberry bliss crumble and caramel apple.

The colorful aguas frescas are refreshing and go well with the bacon-wrapped hot dogs. After all, you can’t shop on an empty stomach!

Bacon wrapped hot dogs tempt us at Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers’ Market.

There is a bouncy castle with a slide to occupy the youngsters and often a clown  does face painting and makes balloon animals to delight kids of all ages.

We agree with many of the reviewers on Yelp that this market is quaint, and its small size keeps it from feeling too commercial or overwhelming.

Good things definitely come in small packages. Hope to see you in Highland Park!
For tips on shopping at farmers’ markets, see our summary of Gold Line-accessible markets.

Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

North Avenue 58, between Marmion Way and Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Old LA Farmers Market Map

Highland Park’s Old LA Farmers’ Market is on Ave. 58, across from the Gold Line Highland Park Metro station.

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