Walking over to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market (Ocean Park neighborhood) on a Sunday morning, 10:00 AM – I come upon a bustling scene, with people engaged in multiple activities, including shopping, listening to music, eating breakfast, pony rides, etc.
A couple hundred people are at the market - all ages, and families of many descriptions. There are lots of babies and strollers. With the feel of a street fair, the market has live music, pony rides, face painting, and chefs serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Everything is occurring at once, with people shopping at the various stands for vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, bread and baked goods, eggs, cheese, nuts, honey, bee pollen, etc. Neighbors and tourists confer with one another over the heirloom tomatoes, the olive oil from Ojai, the smoothie bar, and the local band that is playing. There is a sense of friendliness, and openness to the people that you might not yet know.
This is the only Famers Market in Santa Monica (there are three) that also has a large non-agricultural section. There are approximately 20 booths with vendors selling clothing for babies, children and adults, jewelry, accessories, and artwork.
People are seated in one an area in the middle of the market, between all of the stands with vegetables, etc., where there are tables for people to sit and eat. There is another, also very lively section – a lawn where people spread out blankets to sit on and children are playing. Noticeably missing are dogs. Pony rides are nearby, along with an area with a round, low fence and goats- a petting zoo for the children. Every once in a while a goat jumps over the enclosure and people run to catch them before they get out onto the street.
All in all a fun, colorful way to spend a Sunday morning. If you can walk there, or ride your bike, even better.