Days: Tuesday and Saturday
Time: 8am – 1pm
Location: Charles H. Wilson Park 2400 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Sepulveda Blvd. and Carson St.), Torrance
Parking: Free parking in the parking lots adjacent to the Torrance Farmers’ Market. Enter the smaller parking lot from Crenshaw Blvd. or the larger lot from Jefferson Street.
The Torrance Farmers’ Market is held in the northwest section of Wilson Park in Torrance. If you take the 405 and exit on Crenshaw Blvd., the market is about 2 1/2 miles south of the 405 on Crenshaw Blvd. The reason I even mention directions from the 405 is because this market is truly worth a trip. For years people raved that the Torrance Farmers’ Market was the best Farmers’ Market in the Los Angeles area and I have to agree. I’m just sorry I didn’t start shopping there earlier.
The market, which began operation in 1985, now boasts 65 growers and almost as many non-agricultural vendors. On one end of the dog-bone-shaped market is prepared food of every nationality with a shaded sitting area to enjoy your breakfast or lunch and listen to live music. The specialty vendors, usually found down the long stretch of the dog bone, include Mediterranean food, gourmet afghan food, bakeries, honey, dried fruits & nuts, quiche, salsa, guacamole, seafood, grassfed bison, beef, raw milk, cheese, chocolate, eggs, sprouts, fruit juice, olive oil, plant nurseries, cut flowers, knife sharpening and even treats for Fido from Ruff Ruff Bakery.
The abundant stalls of produce can be found throughout the long stretch of the dog bone layout and on the end of the market along Crenshaw Blvd. Every imaginable vegetable, fruit and herb is available here. There are a few Certified Organic farmers as well as many growers advertising chemical free sustainable farming practices. All of the produce is farm fresh, locally grown and delicious. There are also many unusual and gourmet varieties of fruits and vegetables. You’ll leave this market convinced that you never need to set foot in a fluorescent-lit supermarket again (unless you enjoy that sort of thing or have a hankering for some M&M’s ;-)).