Wednesday, April 20, 2011

#171: Westwood's Hidden Farmer's Market

Dave's Gourmet Korean Food

Neatly tucked into a corner of the Vets Garden in Westwood every Thursday from 12-6 pm lies a small, one-of-a-kind Farmer's Market. I discovered this hidden treasure through the (seemingly defunct) blog Adventures in La La Land, and brought along my friends Mike and Michelle to check it out. It was an unusually windy day, and as we walked around, we were startled by a loud crash as one of the tents toppled over. Other vendors were holding onto theirs for dear life. It seemed like a miserable way to spend an afternoon, and I felt bad for them because there were hardly any shoppers around.

The lack of people worked out for us though--more samples! We walked from table to table, sampling the usual bakery sweets, hummus, and salsa. There were about three tents selling produce, three or four hot food stands, a fresh seafood stand, and the delicious Dave's Korean Food stand that I also see at other Farmer's Markets. My favorite find was Smart Simple Gourmet. I bought a canning jar of their curried leek and potato soup and ended up eating it all in one day. The menu changes daily, so check out their website before you go.

There is a small area near the hot food vendors where you can sit and eat. Parking is free. Check it out if you're in the neighborhood--just know that this is no Hollywood Farmer's Market---this one is tiny!

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  1. tiny, empty farmer's market depresses me so...

  2. yeah, it was sort of depressing for the vendors. :( but i liked how it was in a garden--very intimate feel to it