June 17, 2007

The Orignal Farmers Market

Sunday, June 17, 2007

I had been to the local Santa Monica Farmers Market several times now, but just today I went for the first time to "the original" farmers market next to The Grove (a large mall) on 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Since I got there early and having never been before I actually read their mural about the market's origins. Originated in 1934 on The Gilmore Ranch, which was originally a dairy farm until they discovered oil while drilling for water. The area then became the home of the first ever self-serve gas station. In tribute to its beginnings there is a 50s looking gas station and the overall market has a very 50s soda shop look to it with fruit stands, home-made ice cream and more. It's very charming as if I was on the set of American Graffiti or in Back to the Future. There's also a trolley that connects the farmers market area to the more modern outside mall. 

My friend, who was showing me around, and I ate at The French Crepe Company, which is a stand in the market offering both sweet and savory crepes. We shared a savory crepe with cheddar, tomato and scrambled egg and a sweet crepe with fresh strawberries, powder and whip cream. Both were very yum and surprisingly light. Take a look at the stand and crepes: 

Afterwards I walked around the mall area, but it was too crowded being Father's day and all. Sucks that Father's Day lands on the day before my period, as if I wasn't emotional enough already. 

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