Palos Verdes Farmers Market

Location updated on June 13, 2015 – stay tuned for a review of the new location. They’ve added fantastic new vendors at their new location. For a complete list of products and vendors, visit the Palos Verdes Farmers Market page.

Day: Sunday
Time: 8am – 1pm
Location: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School 27118 Silver Spur Road Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Parking: There is plenty of free parking in the high school parking lot.
Map It: Google Maps

Video Walk Through: watch below or click here to view in a new window (this walk though covers the PV Farmers Market at it’s old location in the Peninsula Center in February 2015, stay tuned for an updated review and walk through of the market at it’s new location as of June 2015)

This video walk through of the Palos Verdes Farmers Market was taken in February 2015 when the market was located in the Peninsula Center.  It was overcast and a few of the usual vendors were missing but it will give you an idea of what they have.  I highlighted a few of my favorite stops.  Let me know what you think.

 

Palos Verdes Rolling Hills Estates Farmers MarketThe Palos Verdes Farmers Market is one of my favorite farmers markets.  It is held in the Peninsula Shopping Center’s parking lot on the three rows of parking stalls between La Salsa and Starbucks behind Rite Aid at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, although this review pertains to the market when it was held in the Peninsula Shopping Center. Although the PV market is small, the variety and selection is wonderful.  The market manager makes a point of keeping the produce farmers to a maximum and the craft-type vendors to a minimum.  The market has a large selection of fruits and vegetables (many organic options!), hot and prepared food vendors, plant nurseries, seafood, eggs, breads, honey, baked goods and more.

The Palos Verdes Farmers Market has one of the highest organic product ratios out of the farmers markets in Los Angeles county and the non-produce vendors are top notch.  The seafood vendor (Dry Dock Fish) is amazing – the quality and freshness trumps all seafood markets.  The fish is wild caught and the prices are very competitive.  The egg vendor (La Bahn Ranch) is superb as well – I purchase a flat of 20 cage free, grain fed, hormone/antibiotic free Grade AA jumbo brown eggs for $5.00 (price as of 2010) $7.25 every week (price as of February 8, 2015) and they are delicious.  The PV market does not have the quantity of vendors that you’ll find at the huge Hollywood or Santa Monica Farmers Markets but they have everything you need, you don’t feel like anything is missing except parking hassles and uncomfortable crowds.  It’s a relaxing environment and the quality of vendors is excellent.

You can find the Palos Verdes Farmers Market on Facebook.

Here is a list of the regular vendors found regularly at the Palos Verdes Farmers Market as of February 9, 2015:

Certified Vendors (Growers)

Smith Farms (Most Organic)
Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Irvine
Certified Organic & Conventionally Grown Fruits & Vegetables

Stehly Farms Organics (Organic)
Valley Center
Certified Organic by GOCA – avocados, citrus and berries

Nicholas Family Farms (Organic)
Orange Cove, San Joaquin Valley
Certified Organic by CCOF and the State of California – grapes, plums, oranges, grapefuit, lemons

Ha’s Apple Farm (Some Organic)
Tehachapi, Kern Co.
Apples, dried fruit, fruit rolls, jam, apple spread

Yasutomi Farms
Pico Rivera, North Long Beach
Family-owned hydroponics farm featuring Japanese greens and vegetables – Nira (baby chives), Mitsuba (parsley), Mizuna (mustard greens), Daikon, regular and baby Bok Choy, and more.

Ken’s Top Notch Produce (Organic)
Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers of Ventura County – peaches, nectarines

Burkart Farms (Organic)
Dinuba
Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International – Peaches, nectarines, oranges

Pritchett Farms (Some Organic)
Visalia
Peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, oranges, trail mix, dried fruits & nuts, potatoes, onions, garlic

Elser’s Country Farm (Sustainable farming – no synthetic pesticides, no GMOs)
Yucaipa
Certified home grown produce, not certified organic but they follow organic farming practices – heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, onions, carrots, beets, radishes, peppers, herbs, melons and more

Nakamura Farms (Organic)
Oxnard
Organic vegetables and strawberries

And more!
A dozen more produce vendors with fruits, vegetables, wheat grass, cherries, mushrooms, fresh herbs, spring mix and salad greens, cactus – many advertising no pesticides or chemical fertilizers

Non-Certified Vendors (Hot, cold and prepared foods)

Patti’s Peanut Gallery
Fresh roasted peanuts

Siam Express
Thai Food

Marianne’s Crepes De France
Variety of crepes made to order

Bertha’s Famous Tamales

Hawaiian & Chinese Wok and Grill BBQ

Snax Stand
Hot dogs, sausages, snow cones

Krispy Sweet Popcorn
Kettle korn made on site
Small bag – $2
Medium bag – $4
Large bag – $6

La Fiesta Movil Gourmet Salsa
Redondo Beach
Salsa with black beans and avocado, jalapenos mixed in to your specified degree of heat
12 oz – $4
24 oz – $6

Wink’s Lobster and Seafood
Los Angeles County/Orange County
Lobster rolls, crab rolls, lobster/egg/cheese roll, clam chowder

Dolce Monachelli’s Cakes
Garden Grove
Specialty gourmet cakes – deliciously moist mini-bundt and full size cakes in a variety of flavors

The Briter Growing Company
Starter plants for vegetable gardens

La Bahn Ranch
Temecula
Cage free, grain fed, no hormones or antibiotics Grade AA eggs, whole chickens, chicken parts

The Bread Man
Los Angeles
Breads, bagels, bialys, cinnamon rolls and pastries

Dry Dock Fish
Fullerton
Seafood (lots of wild caught!) – shrimp, salmon, lox, scallops, cerviche, halibut, Ahi Tuna and more

Baba Foods
Chula Vista
Hummus, ghanouj, tabouli, pita chips

St. Moritz Bakery
Lomita
Breads, scones, pies

ChocoVivo
Los Angeles
Stone ground, whole bean dark chocolate bars and powder

Energy Bee Farm
Los Angeles
Raw honey from local bee hives in Santa Clarita, Santa Monica Mountains and Palos Verdes, dried fruit & nuts

Exhibitors

Skyline Flowers
Nipomo, Oxnard
Wholesale fresh cut flowers

Plant Nurseries (one or two at each market)

Jewelry, clothes & handmade finger puppets (monthly)

Musicians

Any questions about the Palos Verdes Farmers Market?  Please ask in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Do you know of anyone that has visited the LaBahn Ranch in Temecula?
    Do you know if one can visit or purchase items there?

  2. Cathy Michalak says:

    I talked to LaBahn at the PV Farmers Market this morning and they said that they don’t sell to the public directly from their ranch for liability reasons. If you are close to Temecula you can find them at the Temecula Farmers Market in Old Town Temecula on Saturdays.

  3. Is there any way to know if LaBahn’s chickens are actually well taken care of and free range?? I’ve found out that Trader Joe’s “free range” chickens aren’t actually free at all. Would like to see LaBahn for myself…

  4. Cathy Michalak says:

    I would love to tour their facility as well. I’ll be sure to post photos and more information if I am able to see their ranch in person.

  5. Ditto. I’ve been trying to research LaBahn’s farm and all I’ve come across are blogs looking for the same answers. I find it odd that they tout the free-range nature of their farm, yet there’s no way to verify it. Most free range farmers show off their operations with pride. LaBahn — by far the biggest egg sellers at the farmers markets — are unusually mysterious about it. I’m not sayin’ that they’re not on the up-and-up, but there are a lot of stores that misuse labels like “cage-free.” There are two other booths at the Torrance TM that sell free range eggs and their operations are very transparent. But their egg prices are almost twice as much as LaBahn’s though, and its not always in my weekly budget. If anyone can track down real photos of LaBahn’s farm, it would be a great help!

  6. Ditto as to wishing for info on La Bahn Ranch. After many years of living in LA I’ve finally decided to buy my eggs from the Farmers’ Market thinking it is more sustainable to buy local and hoping to support local farming. I bought some eggs from La Bahn farms today based on their sales banner and statements that the eggs are hormone-free, antibiotic free, cage-free etc. I can’t recall exactly what the banner advertised but figured I’d look up the info. online to confirm at home. Now it’s another year and a half after the posts above and there is still very little info. on the web about the La Bahn Ranch practices. If anyone has been able to actually tour the ranch I’m sure we’d all love to hear about the experience!

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