LA Adventure Specialist - 1:46 15 February 2011

Historic Farmers Market

Los Angeles is home to a widely renowned farmer’s market, much to visitors’ constant surprise. The Farmers Market opened in July 1934 when a dozen nearby farmers would sell their produce off the back of their trucks. At that time, Los Angeles wasn’t the sprawling metropolis it is today; in fact, where the farmer’s parked was a field.

When CBS Television City opened next door in 1952, the Farmers Market was a popular stop for studio employees to shop and eat. Celebrities like Mickey Rooney, Regis Philbin, Mae West, and Johnny Carson frequented The Country Kitchen, a restaurant from the 1970s. A major renovation was conducted to expand the Farmers Market during the 1990s. Today, the market features more than 100 restaurants, grocers, and tourist shops. On Los Angeles van tours, visitors are taken to lunch at the historic market which gives them insight to the city’s heart and history.

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