Mar Vista Greenmarket

marketOne of my all time favorite things to do is go to the Greenmarket.  It is hard to hold myself back from going ridiculously crazy with food purchases but I do try.  My brother took me on a food tour of his fave places at the Greenmarket.

yogurtsWe started at Aris yogurt.  Might be the best yogurt I have ever had.  Super rich, does not fall off the spoon yet creamy and absolutely delicious.  An entire container is only 180 calories which is pretty surprising.  We got two kinds; fig and and pumpkin.  Subtle yet layered with hints of honey and sweets on both.  I forgot to pick up their goat cheese with jalapenos so I plan on returning next week.

trying orangesThere are a few citrus vendors.  Each of them have these small stands out to try each of the different oranges.  Super smart.  Fun to taste too.

eggsFarm fresh eggs makes all the difference.  I particularly like them when they come from the hen house into my house without ever hitting the refrigerator.

orangesMore oranges and lemons…all citrus including Grapefruits too.

tomatoesI saw these cherry tomatoes and thought…SUMMER!  The taste is pretty damn close to summer.

purenolaPicked up a small jar of this healthy granola to sprinkle over the yogurt at breakfast time.

salsaFresh salsa that start from mild to super hot.  They also had pumpkin seed butter.

broccoliniLoved how they already had done the work for you with the broccolini.

cherimoyaCherimoya.  This guy had an array of fruits for South American cooking.

figsgaloreI never realized how many different varieties of dates were available.

oliveoilsThis farm has three kinds of olive trees.  I went with the buttery medium flavored oil.

berriesThe berries melt in your mouth.

peanutsFresh roasted peanuts that smelled amazing.

mushroomsOnly mushrooms from this farm.

strawberriesSweetest strawberries.  Bought a few baskets.

yogurtOf course at the end of all this is the Free Speech Zone.  Nobody appeared to be talking but conceptually I did like the idea.

Fantastic farmers market.  Looking forward to my weekly purchases.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Christine

    In LA? Reading this in New York and wishing I could go to this wonderful market. Produce markets are one of the great pleasures in life. I try to go to local markets whenever I travel. Thanks for posting.

    1. Gotham Gal

      in LA for the winter months.

  2. jim forbes

    We grow chermoyas and passion fruit as well as multiple varities of avocados here in SanDiego County.

  3. jim forbes

    you must go to a Vallartas supermarket while you’re So Cal. they have very good locally grown central American and California fruits plus a kitchen areas. MHiuspanic food like our neighbors or grandmothers made.try the tamales!

    1. Gotham Gal

      ok. will find!

  4. pointsnfigures

    awesome. your photos made us book a trip to newport beach. best yogurt in the world is in Istanbul turkey. best strawberries I ever had are sold in a small stand outside of Kenwood in Sonoma Valley. I love the food in Cali. Makes me want to move there since you can get it all year round

  5. CCjudy

    these are marvelous marvelous photographs Joanne of the greenmarket Judy

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks. It was fun

  6. Mario Cantin

    Judging by the pictures, you’re having too much fun to be homesick 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal


  7. William Mougayar

    How does it compare to the ones in NYC or Hamptons?

    1. Gotham Gal

      Different.There is something about the Hamptons because it is seasonal. The happiness of seeing real tomatoesHere it is a given

  8. Marissa_NYx

    Love the photo tour! Thanks for sharing, taking photos of produce , food & farmers markets is my favourite thing to do too. I wish Disqus would permit photo sharing directly from my iPhone in blog responses – it’s saying I have to exit / crop the images . I’d love to add one or two of my fav shots . Maybe an Instagram channel something like #FabFarmersFood would be a great way of sharing. I’m adding it to my to do list for this weekend.

    1. Gotham Gal


  9. Marissa_NYx

    I visited Greenmarket last Sunday. Thankyou for recommending it! Here is my favourite stall – the dog walker extraordinaire: