Farmers Market celebrates their 75th anniversary (opened since 1934), July 13-19. See the details and events here at their site.
This has always been one of my favorite places in LA, somewhere to grab a bite, shop and people watch. And, unlike its neighbor The Grove, Farmers Market wasn't just manufactured recently to look like it came from another era. Farmers Market is the real thing, a rare LA survivor (unlike the Ambassador Hotel or Schwabs, places now gone) from another time - when Marilyn Monroe was just an LA kid with a dream, when the Ambassador Hotel was still swinging, before James Dean ever filmed Rebel Without a Cause at the Griffith Park Observatory. And not only has Farmers Market survived, but it's aged gracefully... without lots of "plastic surgery".
It's a real community, where Angelenos come sit and talk, sip a glass of wine at the French Cafe, shop at the gourmet market, or the butcher, or grab a cone at Bennett's Ice Cream. My favorite new food stand there is a Brazilian place, Pampas Grill, that charges based on the price of your plate. The grilled meats are a little spicy, really juicy and come with a huge assortment (all buffet-style) of side orders: plantain, cheese rolls, salads, black beans and more.
But then, any place at Farmers Market is worth the visit.