Looking for some fresh, tasty eats? Fancy a weekend outing? Here are four farmers markets near UCLA, and how you can get there.
1. Bruin Plaza
What you should know: The nearest farmers markets is right here on campus. Grab a basket of sweet strawberries or pick your own veggies for the week. If you're looking for healthy snacks to munch on, to or from class, you can pick from a huge variety of dried fruits that you probably won't find at the grocery store.
Helpful hint: If you haven't tried a dried persimmon before, do yourself a favor and try one— they're delicious! You may even encounter a live A Capella music performance, another thing you won't find at the grocery store.
Where/When: Swing by Bruin Plaza every other Wednesday 2:30pm-6:30pm to visit this farmers market. Check out the Bruin Plaza Farmers Market page on Facebook to get more updates.
What you should know: This farmers market is another convenient option for Bruin shoppers. With plenty of stands offering fresh fruits & veggies, eggs, honey, vegan baked goods, bread from Homeboy Bakery, hummus & pita bread, fresh-squeezed juice, tamales, and roasted corn, it's hard to go wrong.
Helpful hint: If you're looking for a gift, there's lots of small craft vendors that offer everything from small succulents to jewelry and handmade soaps.
Where/When: You can find the Westwood Farmers Market every Thursday on Broxton Ave from 12pm-6pm near between CPK and Chipotle.
What you should know: This Farmers Market is a little further away, but makes for a great weekend outing. You can expect to find a beautiful spread of food, including fresh produce, seafood, bread, pastries, olive oil, and lots of fun specialty items. There's also a huge range of food vendors offering a variety of treats, from dumplings to tacos to sorbet. This market is bigger than the Bruin Plaza or Westwood markets, and there's samples galore so come hungry to try lots of tasty food.
Where/When: Visit this farmers market at 741 S Gretna Green Way in Brentwood from 9am-2pm on Sundays.
Bonus— the Brentwood Farmers Market also has a petting zoo with baby pigs, goats, and more that you can play with!
4. Santa Monica
What you should know: This is a great farmers market to visit if you want to get out of the Westwood bubble on a weekend. There's also a small park right next to the market, so you can stick around to enjoy a farm-fresh picnic. Like the Brentwood farmers market, this one is on a whole other scale than Bruin Plaza's and Westwood's farmers markets. Expect to find more fresh produce and food creations than you can imagine!
Helpful hint: Here’s the bus route and the bike route (if you’re really ambitious). Note that according to Google Maps, biking is actually faster (and greener, but Google Maps failed to mention that bit)!
Where/When: Find the market on Sundays in Heritage Square at 2640 Main Street from 9:30am-1pm. It's located right in the heart of downtown Main Street in Santa Monica, so you can check out shops on Main Street or head to the beach after you do your farmers market shopping.