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Trip Report The L.A. Farmers Market: Good Memories & One Horrible Breakfast

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Tracy and I took the short drive to the L.A. Farmers Market yesterday to relive a bit of my childhood, since I will embark on my second 60 years tomorrow. It makes for a pleasant stop if you're visiting L.A. and then you can capture the "new' by going to The Grove, with all the new stores and restaurants. Following is my report on yesterday's visit, including the absolutely WORST breakfast we have been served in quite some time.

"It was always a special Sunday morning as a kid when my parents would say, “Let’s go to the Farmers Market.” We would hop in the car and take the 40-minute drive to Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles, where an array of walkways with little shops selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to touristy trinkets awaited us.

I got my first job after finishing college at an advertising agency that was located two blocks from the Farmers Market. I would eat at one of their restaurants (including the famed, yet overrated Du-Pars...more on them later) two or three times a week back in 1975 and 1976.

It had been quite some time since Tracy and I had visited, so on a sunny Sunday morning, we decided to recreate my childhood (without all the screaming and yelling) and see how the old place looked. As we pulled in to the parking lot, the large Farmers Market Clock Tower welcomed us.

The Farmers Market Clock Tower was built in 1952 (a great year). When The Grove at Farmers Market was constructed, and the Market added the Plaza and North Market, the clock tower was dismantled (carefully). It was fully restored and put back up in 2002 complete with brand new clock works. A time capsule was put in the stone base."

The rest of the report (with photos) can be found here.



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