Melrose Place Farmers’ Market

Best Small-Neighborhood Farmers’ Market, August 2010

The location amid beautiful design showrooms makes the Melrose Place Farmers’ Market feel like a stroll in Florence. It also attracts enough quality organic producers (greens from Oxnard, strawberries from Santa Paula) that you’re not settling for Central Valley leftovers. The prices are comparable to those at Santa Monica’s produce bazaars, with none of the crowd crush. Baba Foods offers seven items for $20 from a selection that includes top-notch hummus, tabbouleh, and other Middle Eastern specialties. Eufloria Flowers sells roses for $8 a dozen or $20 for 24. Well over a week later, the flowers still look fresh.