Long Beach Farmers Markets: Enjoy the bounty of locally grown fruits and veggies
2009-08-03 · By Barbara Holbrook
Whether it’s summer fruit or winter squash, there’s nothing quite like fresh produce just hours out of the garden. Luckily, Long Beach is filled with farmers markets so, even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still enjoy a bountiful feast filled with just harvested fruits and vegetables. Stop by one of the local markets where you can meet the folks that grow the food and ask questions of the people that really know fresh produce.
With seven farmers markets in Long Beach, local foodies can visit a market almost any day of the week! EverythingLongBeach.com has rounded up this list of where to find the Long Beach farmers markets.
Sunday: Alamitos Bay Farmers Market
Situated in the parking lot near the bay, this market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Grab what you need for the week, then head across the lot to the weekly Art and Craft fair. Visit the Alamitos Bay Farmers Market Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at East Marina Drive south of East 2nd Street.
Sunday: Old McDonald’s Farmers Market
This Sunday-morning farmers’ market offers locally-grown produce and fresh fruit, baked goods, herbs, flowers and plants, cheese, honey and more from a select group of farmers and vendors. In addition to the art and craft booths and food court, families will find a kid-friendly area with bounce houses, balloon artists and other live entertainment. Visit Old McDonald’s Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at 5000 Spring E. Street at the corner of Clark Avenue or online at oldmcdonaldsfarmersmarkets.com.
Tuesday: World Trade Center Farmer’s Market
Fresh produce, organic fruits and vegetables, crafts, and live music entertainment. Located on Ocean Boulevard nestled among the office buildings, restaurants, shops, courtyard fountains and patio dining of downtown Long Beach. Visit the World Trade Center Farmers Market every Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1 World Trade Center.
Wednesday: Local Harvest Farmers Market
In addition to the variety of farm-fresh produce, this market includes some great ready-to-eat vendors which makes it nice for a spontaneous mid-week picnic. The Local Harvest Market takes place every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium, Appian Way and Nieto.
This North Long Beach farmer’s market features fresh fruit, vegetables, hot food, and more available for purchase. The market also accepts EBT, credit, debit, and cash as forms of payment. Takes place from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 609 E. Artesia Boulevard (Corner of Atlantic Avenue & Artesia Boulevard).
Thursday: Uptown Certified Farmers Market
Purchase fresh produce and organic food in the heart of Bixby Knolls, a 50s-era neighborhood with boutique retail, art and restaurants. Visit the Uptown Farmers Market every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 46th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Don’t miss the free produce drawing at 5:00 p.m.
Friday: Downtown Farmers Market
Fresh produce, organic and cooked food. Live music and crafts! Two hours of free validated parking in any CityPlace parking structure. Visit the Downtown Farmers Market every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at CityPlace Center, Promenade North and East 4th Street.
Center Space brings a new certified farmers market with hot food vendors and gourmet food trucks to West Long Beach. In addition to healthy food, the market has family-friendly activities and classes. Events vary from week to week, but have included fitness classes like Zumba and yoga, music and live entertainment, and interactive workshops. The West Side Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810.
Farmers market addresses can be tricky. Some Long Beach markets are in parking lots, others are nestled in parks or hidden between buildings. Hours and dates can change, too. If you have more information about these or other farmers markets in Long Beach, contact us and we’ll add it the article.