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Farmers Market History 101

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When the Farmers' Public Market opened at Third and Fairfax in 1934, it hosted just 18 farmers, representing only a sliver of LA County's 12,000 farms. Though the produce wasn't always top notch (even the market's founder wrote once that that day's tomatoes were "strictly third-rate"), it eventually became "an international tourist destination after [gossip columnist Hedda Hopper] began reporting celebrity sightings there in 1938." [LA, image via]