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The First Ever Altadena Farmers Market (Photos)

Wednesday was the first meeting of the long awaited Altadena Farmers Market at Loma Alta Park.

Wednesday was the grand opening of the Altadena Farmers Market at which will now meet every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The market was held in the under the tall trees of the lower area of the park, and featured 20 or so vendors selling produce, eggs, meat, flowers, prepared food and other goods.

Some observations:

  • The turnout seemed good--several vendors sold out and the closest street was packed with cars.
  • I already had plenty of produce so I went specifically to buy eggs, goat cheese and meat.  By the time I was done checking the place out, taking photos and eating a meal, all three were sold out!  Great news for the market, but don't wait too late to show up.
  • The mix of produce looks good--maybe not quite everything you might need, but most of it for sure.
  • The market was bigger than mid-week markets I've seen in Pasadena and Sierra Madre but not as big as Saturday's Victory Park market in Pasadena.
  • The location, however, is better than any other market I've been to--trees and greenery instead of a hot parking lot.
  • The pupusas served at the market were great.  The wait was very long, but they were the only vendor serving prepared meals.  That may well not be the case in the future.
  • I biked to the market and I was definitely not the only one.  The traffic right around the market was a little dense, but parking didn't look too bad as long as you were prepared to walk a little.

We want to know what you thought of the market.  If you stopped by, let us know what you thought in the comments section below.  If you've got photos of the market, add them by clicking the 'Upload Photos' button above.

Sheila May 31, 2012 at 07:41 AM
So ridiculously thrilled to have a farmers market in Altadena. The vendor mix was strong for a first market, and the location is indeed perfect, with picnic tables, lots of rolling lawn, and big shade trees to lounge under. More prepared food is needed, and some live music once in a while would be great. I predict this market will be an instant success. Thank you, Joseph Shuldiner and Altadena Heritage! ..I conger .
Victor Caballero May 31, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Finally! Thanks to Joseph, Heritage, and all of those who worked on launching this fine market. It was packed with people(I bet over a thousand people attended) when I got there around 6:15, most farmers/vendors sold out, bet they will bring extra next week. Would be cool if it was open later(maybe 4-8 like S. Pas), not sure how people get there at 3pm if you work a regular job(like me). lol Sad to hear that the Pizza Bus broke down and could not make it also seemed some other vendors did not make it. Love to see the local backyard farmers. Something you don't see anywhere else... Will be back for more.
H Delu May 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Had a great time! And was so pleased to be shopping locally in Altadena!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Victor, I was also surprised on the timing - I got there around 5:15 and it was packed, but by 5:45 it was emptying out. I think people got there pretty early.
Naomi Dauermann May 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I loved the market and the setting! I bought a bunch of third-grader raised and harvested baby beets, among other fresh and organic offerings. Yes, starting at 4 and ending at 8 pm would help a lot people out as well as keep those goodies out of the hot afternoon sun as summer progresses. I am a fan. I will be back!
Mitzi Shpak May 31, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Truly LOCAL produce from backyard farmers and lots of organics from the larger vendors-- better prices than some other farmer's markets----and a Great atmosphere.
Altadena Cycling Gal May 31, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Great market and feel for a weekday market! Amazing turnout for its first one! Many people came up from Pasadena too! I think 3pm to 7pm is best time frame for this market because it is in a residential location. Loved it showcasing the Community Garden and Altadena Heritage. Getting people to park their cars on Loma Alta rather than Palm might be nice for residents and ease congestion. Glad the market was not sprawled all over the park. I'd rather not see cooked food and music at this residential location. Keep it local, keep it modest. A great weekday market for Altadena!!!
Erik H. May 31, 2012 at 04:24 PM
The market was great and we were very happy it was busy. We were disappointed the oyster vendor didn't make it, but heard they would be there in the future. Seemed like a number of the vendors sold out of goods early (ground grass fed beef and pretzels, for sure). Sounds like that is a good sign though and that there were more customers and sales than the vendors expected. Hope everyone keeps coming out each week to support the event. Was fantastic to ride a bicycle to a local farmers market.
Chris May 31, 2012 at 05:43 PM
We got there at four and got everything we needed. Bravo to the crew behind it! We're so lucky to have this!
Rishi K May 31, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thanks for organizing this Joseph. We had a great time selling our suburban farm produce for the first time at this incredible market. We'll definitely be back again with our aromatic and medicinal herbs!!! Rishi Kumar The Growing Home http://thegrowinghome.net
Carol Lachata June 01, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Yippee, hurrah, and way to go! Thanks Joseph and Heritage for this and all that has been done in support of our wonderful community. I was not able to make it to this first market, but will definitely be attending upcoming events!
Lisa Hastings June 01, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Perfect market! Our own Altadena market. This is definately not your typical farmers market. It was obvious that a lot of thought and effort went into selecting vendors with the highest quality produce. It is truly appreciated that most of the vendors sold only certified organically grown produce. Also, the prices were reasonable and everything was so fresh. Keep up the good work!
SteveB June 07, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Did things go just as well this week? I used the Patch search for "farmer's market", and found South Pasadena and Monrovia in the events section - no love for Altadena's market?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 06:10 PM
SteveB - I added it to the calendar somewhat late in the day yesterday.... on the first week I announced it multiple times on the front page, so did not think about the calendar. In any case, it's now set to be there on every Wednesday for as long as the market is in existence: http://altadena.patch.com/events/altadena-farmers-market

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