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!
TUESDAY: BIXBY PARK
At Bixby Park (130 Cherry Ave.), amid the laughter of kids in the playground and the music being performed on a small stage with the Pacific Ocean just across the street, the vibe feels like a waterfront festival. The market runs from 3-8 p.m., and not only is its energy terrific, so is the selection of items: fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet specialty foods as well as hand made jewelry, soaps and candles from local makers. There is also a wonderful variety of prepared food with the empanadas and pupusas being high on the popularity list.
WEDNESDAY: MARINE STADIUM
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.
THURSDAY: BIXBY KNOLLS
Like so many events held in Bixby Knolls, this market, held from 3-7 p.m. between E. 46th Street and Atlantic Avenue, has a warm, neighborly vibe, and not only features great food, but things like face painters and balloon artists for kids. Adults will appreciate the great produce and such specialty items as Asian vegetables and melons, almond oil, handmade organic soap, as well as such locally produced pantry items such as hummus, peanuts and eggs along with fresh seafood. Baked goods and roasted corn are popular as is the Southern-style BBQ that attracts people to the market all on its own.
FRIDAY: DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH
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.
SATURDAY: BIXBY PARK
The Bixby Park farmers market returns on Saturdays! So, if you couldn’t make it on Tuesday, you now can enjoy all the market has to offer, including ocean breezes, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SUNDAY: ALAMITOS BAY
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.