LA’s Famed Farmers Market Looks to Set Up Shop in LAX

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on March 30, 2011 at 8:10 am

It can definitely be hard to find something quick and healthy on the go at airports. Sometimes you just want a piece of fresh fruit to snack on instead of a slice of pizza or cheeseburger. As reported at Jaunted, the original Farmers Market has plans to set up shop in Terminal 5 of LAX where they would sell veggies, fruit, snacks, and drinks from some of its longtime vendors.

The Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles, has been around since 1934, when the first farmers pulled up in their pickup trucks, dropped their tailgates, and sold fresh produce direct to customers. It took off quickly and has since become an institution.

[Image: Californian Em / Flickr]

Here are some “fun facts” about the original Farmers Market:

  • 18 farmers responded to a callout on the radio to sell their produce from a parking lot. They each paid 50 cents rent.
  • Blanche Magee, in 1934, noticed the farmers parked and thought they could use some lunch. She packed up some sandwiches and started selling to them. Today, Magee’s is still owned by the Magee family and continues to nourish its customers.
  • Over 90% of the shops and stalls that operate out of the Farmers Market are independently owned and operated.
  • On average, the Farmers Market sees 3 million visitors.
  • It’s believed that James Dean, on September 30, 1955, ate breakfast at the market before heading north and dying in an auto accident.
  • For stargazers: The LA Times claims the Farmers Market to be the #1 place in LA to spot celebrities.

And LAX isn’t the only airport feeling inspired to offer better food choices. SFO has recently opened a newly remodeled Terminal 2 with a “sustainable food focus” planned for all the concessions. Maybe flight delays won’t be so bad after all.

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