The Original Farmers Market Celebrates 75 Years

Farmers Market

Farmers Market early beginnings were humble to say the least. It originally opened 75 years ago with only 18 farmers, who paid $.50 each to rent space for them to sell their colorful harvests. Farmers Market has currently grown to 85 shops, and employs over 700 people.

It’s not hard to believe—the world famous Farmers Market, is a non-stop hum of activity.

Celebrating 75 years

With an average of 3 million visitors each year, Farmers Market is an industrious, busy, and a hopping place to be. Here are some salient and interesting facts:

1. On an average day, Farmers Market visitors purchase more than 1,000 gallons of coffee.

2. Employees in the various Farmers Market shops and restaurants speak over 20 languages for and as they serve their customers and clientele who hail from all parts of the globe.

3. Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar sells about 3,000 shrimps every day. Source: Farmers Market History

Marconda's Prime Beef

Farmers Market Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Next week, Farmers Market is celebrating its 75 Anniversary and has many festivities planned. Be sure to mark it on your calendar and to-do list! Here are but a few of the activities being planned:

July 14th - Taste of Farmers

Will be featuring live music from the 30s and 40s, merchandise and food specials, and special ticket prices. Visitors are welcome to stroll the Market as well. The evening starts at 5pm and lasts until 9pm. For more information, visit

July 16th- 75th Anniversary Birthday Party

Join marching bands, celebrities, and local dignitaries at the Clock Tower at Farmers Market. It’s commemorating its 75 years at Third & Fairfax. The Opening Ceremonies commence at 8am, and the entertainment and special events start at noon.

French Crepe Company

Farmers Market Annual Events

In addition to these weeklong special events, Farmers Market is host to many other free year round events:

Free Summer Music Series, May 28 - Sept. 11, 2009

Free Summer Family Fun Series, June - August 2009

Fall Festival, October 16, 17 & 18, 2009

Holiday Festivities, December 2009

Mardi Gras, February 2010

Gilmore Heritage Auto Show , June 2010

How do you get to the Farmers Market via Metro?

You can use the 16/316, 217, or the 218, depending on your starting point.

So the next time you need something to do—and some delicious eats—head over to Farmers Market and enjoy yourself. You’ll then continue the long honored tradition of being a part of Los Angeles history.

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