LA Farmers’ Market Highlight: Fairview Gardens
A farm stand has to be really special to stand out at the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in Santa Monica, but somehow Fairview Gardens manages to do so, thanks to their selection of familiar and unusual produce.
On burlap covered tables, rows of baskets are filled with Fuji apples and Clementine Mandarines, Tongue of Fire beans and fresh flageolets. Here you can find Japanese Hakurei turnips and unusual varieties of radishes such as Watermelon and Black Spanish.
Based in Goleta, California, about ten miles north of Santa Barbara, the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a non-profit organization established in 1997 to preserve the historic Fairview Gardens, which many consider to be the oldest organic farm in the state. On twelve and a half acres, the farm produces 100 different fruits and vegetables, all chemical free. If you happen to be in the area, they offer tours as well as gardening and cooking classes taught by Judy Rodgers of the famed Zuni Cafe and Alice Water protege Michael Tusk as well as classes on jam, bread and cheese making.
You can find Fairview Gardens produce at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays only.