Long Beach Farmers Markets

Farmers markets have evolved from culinary curiosities to community staples.

They offer all manners of fresh, healthy food as well as a way of life that is more intentional, sustainable and deliciously fun. Here’s a daily rundown of where you can join these food scenes in Long Beach, throughout the week!



This traditional favorite occurs from 3-7 p.m., at Marine Stadium (5255 Paoli Way). Farm fresh, California-grown fruits and vegetables are a staple as are stunning selections of fresh cut flowers. As the Marine Stadium market has evolved, so has the selection of artisanal items, ranging from bread to honey to vinegar as has the selection of gourmet specialty foods and coffee. Located by the water of historic Marine Stadium, which hosted the rowing events of the 1932 Olympics, it makes for a wonderful afternoon/evening out, whether shopping for food, jewelry or something to eat right away while you groove to live music.



This market, which operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located at Fourth Street and North Promenade, is well-known for terrific fruit, including such staples, depending on the season, as cherries, apricots and nectarines as well as hard to find items like prickly pears and dragon fruit. There are also sustainable personal and household items such as toothpaste, dish soap and laundry detergent, as well as great food that’s ready to eat. Tamales and hot dogs are popular choices. Since it’s located downtown, the market is easily accessible on foot or bike. If you choose to pedal, the market offers free bicycle valet service.



The market is located in the Alamitos Bay Marina parking lot (205 N. Marina Dr.), across the street from the 2ND & PCH retail center. The parking lot borders the harbor and it would be hard to imagine a more idyllic location for a farmer’s market on a Sunday morning (from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). As you might expect for its location, it features lots of fresh seafood and a wide variety of fruits and veggies, as well as Mediterranean treats, meats, jellies and very popular artisanal cheeses. There’s also a great selection of self-care items such as lotions, skin serums, soaps and lip balms.

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