Santa Monica Farmers Market in California
For over 30 years, Angelenos have flocked to this market to pick up locally sourced vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products straight from the source. This bustling Wednesday market is widely recognized as one of largest and most diverse in the entire country, and on average 9,000 shoppers troll through every week. With over 100 vendors, it’s not hard to see why. Get bright, ripe tomatoes from Scott Shacklett, aka the Tomato Man, who has been growing this fruit since 1997. Or, head to Zuckerman’s Farm’s stand for potatoes and crisp asparagus. Gail Zannon of Santa Barbara Pistachios has been selling pistachios since 1991, and you can get the best chanterelle mushrooms from Louis Mello of Mello Mushrooms. Obviously the spot is a go-to for local chefs and mixologists.