洛杉磯 (L.A.):The Original Farmers Market & Grove 2013/09/24

The Original Farmers Market—is a historic Los Angeles landmark and tourist attraction, first opened on July 14, 1934.

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Unlike most farmers’ markets, which are held only at intervals, the Original Farmers Market is a permanent installation and is open seven days a week. The Market features more than 100 restaurants, grocers, and tourist shops, and is located just south of CBS Television City (at the corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue). It is adjacent to The Grove outdoor shopping mall; an electric-powered streetcar runs between the two sites.

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Mexico 1002-1A sign that reads “Meet Me at 3rd and Fairfax" displays at the front of the Farmers Market remains the city’s most iconic phrase.

Historyhttp://www.farmersmarketla.com/

image1880                                                                                       Before there was a Farmers Market: In the 1880s, Arthur Fremont Gilmore buys a large tract of land (256 acre) in the Los Angeles area on which he runs a successful dairy farm.

image1930                                                                                         At the turn of the century: In order to expand his dairy herd, A. F. Gilmore started (1905) drilling for water on the ranch; he found oil. Gilmore Oil and the A.F. Gilmore Company are off and running. Together A.F. Gilmore with his son, Earl Bell, turned their Gilmore Oil Company into the largest distributor of petroleum products in the Western U.S. In the 30s, a stadium is built to promote the oil company by hosting sporting events such as open wheel car races.

image1934                                                                                         In July 1934: 18 farmers and merchants park their trucks on vacant Gilmore land, selling produce to local housewives. Vendors pay 50 cents a day in rent. The idea (“invented” by Roger Dahlhjelm and Fred Beck) is so successful that by fall, Farmers Market has stalls and shops, restaurants and special events. The first Fall Festival is held October 1934 – an annual event that continues to this day.

image1939                                                                                         In May 1939: Gilmore Field opens “The Hollywood Stars”, owned by real stars such as C.B. DeMille and Barbara Stanwyck, play home games at the field, one of the most intimate professional baseball diamonds ever built. Pre- and post-game meals at the Farmers Market are a hit with baseball fans. Only when the Brooklyn Dodgers move to L.A. in 1958 is the field torn down.

image1948                                                                                         Farmers Market opens a new building on Fairfax Avenue offering retail and office space: Called The Dell; it expands over the years to include dozens of shops.
In 1948, Gilmore Drive-In opens on Third Street. It offers benches up front so pedestrians can enjoy outdoor movies, too. The Drive-In snack shop features a baby bottle warming station for the first Baby Boomers.

image1955                                                                                                    The Gilmore Company sells a portion of its land and Gilmore Stadium is razed to make way for CBS Television City: Commerce expands with the opening of Gilmore Bank in 1955. Farmers Market is a celebrity hot spot with special appearances by numerous Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe.

image1960                                                                                         1960’s: The Market is the number one tourist attraction in town, and a favorite with luminaries such as President Eisenhower and The Beatles.

image1980                                                                                         1980’s: Farmers Market grows to include more than 120 shops, the multi-generation family run stalls overflow with fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheese, and pastries, as well as souvenir-worthy treats like fresh organic spices, freshly roasted nuts, and handmade candy.

Mexico 1291                                                                                                         In 1991 the Los Angeles City Council declares Farmers Market a Historic Cultural Monument: New development continues, including the former site of the Gilmore Drive-In which, in 2002, becomes The Grove, a popular shopping center.

image2009                                                                                                     In 2009: Millions join the year-long celebration of Farmers Market’s 75th Anniversary which included a giant Birthday Bash and L.A.’s largest birthday card.

History displays at Farmers Market include:

Mexico 1243-1Gilmore History Kiosk—glimpses the property’s past as a dairy farm and then oil field, The Gilmore Gas Legend

Mexico 1240-11Earl’s Service Station—full-size replica of a 1936 Gilmore Oil Co. gasoline station

Mexico 1259-1Gilmore Sports Kiosk—All kinds of sports had their home on the Gilmore property and near to where the Farmers market stands. From football to baseball (The Hollywood Stars were a minor league baseball team) to midget car racing and jai’alai (a hand ball game).

Mexico 1257Green Cart Display—Every two-wheeled wooden shopping cart at Farmers Market is hand-made on the property; the carts are painted in “Farmers Market Green,” the official name of the color.

Mexico 1239Farmers Market Clock Tower—which overlooks Farmers Market Plaza and the main entrances to the Market, has welcomed visitors to the Market for more than half a century. It was first erected in 1941, replacing the Market’s previous icon, a windmill. The Farmers Market Clock Tower now houses a “Taschen" book shop.

Let’s take a look some interesting “stalls”, shall we?

Mexico 1238          Mexico 1237-1Farm Fresh Produce—offers a wide and appealing array of absolutely fresh produce, seasonal as well as year-round.

Mexico 1249-1Huntington Meats & Sausage—A true old-fashioned butcher shop, offers traditional roasts, steaks, chops, ground beef and much more. Huntington is also one of the city’s exclusive purveyors of Harris Ranch meats.                                                                                    p.s. In any given week, the Huntington Meats & Sausage will sell 1200 pounds of ground beef.

Mexico 1261-1Tusquellas Seafoods—Few seafood shops can match Bob Tusquellas’ exceptional store: lobster, shrimp, salmon, tuna, cod, snapper and a rich selection of daily catches are always available here.

Mexico 1258          Mexico 1256Bennett’s Ice Cream—is one of the last of a vanishing tradition: Scott Bennett and his staff make their own ice cream from fresh ingredients mixed on the spot (you can watch the process through Bennett’s kitchen window).

Mexico 1276Gill’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream—Dozens of flavors are available from Gill’s, one of the Market’s oldest (77 years) and most popular shops.

Mexico 1262-1Mr. Marcel Gourmet Market—is the most sophisticated grocery store in town – traditional, exotic and unique; it is a cook’s delight. You’ll find a magnificent deli counter offering cheeses and cold cuts from around the world, a wine cellar which is as international as it is large, and (a favorite among locals) a large collection of old-fashioned pickle and olive barrels.                                                                                                                                          p.s. On any given day the Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market will sell 100 pounds of cheese.

Mexico 1252-1          Mexico 1253-1Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts—An L.A. institution.                                                                     Thanks to Owner Bob Tusquesllas and his crew, the raised donuts here are made the same way they’ve been made for over 40 years: with a rolling pin, natural yeasts, and several hours of kneading.                                                                                                                                p.s. The recipes for Bob’s Doughnuts are in bank vault safe deposit box.

Mexico 1274-1The French Crepe Company—Authentic French cuisine lives here: light and luscious crepes (breakfast, lunch or dinner), magnificent sandwiches (warm and cold), all prepared to your order.

Mexico 1250-1Moishe’s Restaurant—The finest Mediterranean food anywhere.

Mexico 1247-1Phil’s Deli & Grill—Just like the good old days: great counter seating (or carry away to a patio table) and the perfect diner menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Mexico 1246-1Sushi A Go Go—Some believe this place is a miracle: it is the smallest shop in Farmers Market, turning out the most flavorful sushi anywhere.

Mexico 1248-1Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar—Locals insist that the tuna salad here is the best, period.                                                                                                                                                                p.s. On an average day, Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar sells about 3,000 shrimp.

Mexico 1265-1          Mexico 1264Light My Fire—has hundreds (perhaps thousands) of hot sauces from around the world. The selection here is so rich and varied that a single selection seems impossible.

Mexico 1269Magee’s House of Nuts—Magee’s wide, superior variety of nuts has been a tradition for decades (opened 1917). Pecans, walnuts, macadamias and several varieties of peanuts are all available by weight or in charming gift boxes.

Mexico 1267There’s a special treat here: the fresh nut butters are scrumptious and, if your timing is right, you can watch the machine which makes fresh peanut butter work its magic. (Lucky us!)                                                                                                                                                                     p.s. The Beatles love their visit to Magee’s Nuts; they even signed the Thank You note pronouncing the nut shop “fab”.

Mexico 1275-1Magic Nut and Candy Company—formerly known as Ultimate Nut & Candy Company, world-wide selection of nuts and candies occupy the counters here.                         p.s. In any given week, the Magic Nut & Candy Company will sell 500 bags of caramel corn.

Mexico 1273-1T (Tea Shoppe)—Here you’ll find hundreds of teas galore from Ceylon, India and China, among other exotic sources. Full compliments of tea accessories are available as well.            p.s. On any given day, the T (Tea Shoppe) will sell about 50 ounces of loose tea.

Mexico 1308Zia Valentina—A flavorful and innovative granita bar (granitas are delicious Sicilian ice drinks – chocolate, coffee, mango, mixed berry and more).

Mexico 1309-1Zia Valentina is fresh, fun and healthy.

Mexico 1285          Mexico 1283-1     Dylan’s Candy Bar—located on the eastern end of Farmers Market Plaza. Dylan Lauren’s (Ralph Lauren’s vivacious daughter) creative shop is filled to overflowing with sweet treats from chocolate concoc-tions to gummies and gobstoppers, all displayed in an amazing setting, an energetic presentation of hundreds of treats everybody loves.

Mexico 1245-1Kip’s Toyland—AMA, the robot who sits by the entrance to Kip’s Toyland and Ama’s dog, Togo, are both constructed entirely of spare parts found lying around the Market’s carpentry shop.

Mexico 1271-1The Barbershop Club—Owner Woody Lovell, Jr. and his dad have single-handedly preserved and protected a grand tradition over the years, the neighborhood barber shop.

Trolley RidesA green double-decker battery powered Trolley, built on the undercarriage of a 1950s Boston street car (35 feet long and 13 feet 4.75 inches tall), gives free rides between the Farmers Market and the Grove.

Grove_trolley1(Photo via John Smatlak)

Mexico 1286-1          Mexico 1303             It’s not much faster than walking the same distance (3/4 mile), but it’s a fun ride (6 minutes and 12 seconds). The trolley makes three stops on its route.

The Grove—is retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles just south of CBS Television City, built, owned, and operated by Rick J. Caruso and his company Caruso Affiliated on parts of the historical Farmers Market.                                                                      p.s. 每次到 The Grove 總是忍不住懷念,住了一個夏天的 Santana Row! (http://www.santanarow.com/)

Mexico 1290-1The Spirit of Los Angeles created by sculptor De L´Esprie. It is a magnificent bronze statue of a male and a female angel soaring skyward. The statue not only serves as the centerpiece of The Grove, it is a signature piece for the City and an enduring symbol of the limitless opportunities Los Angeles offers. The bronze Angel´s wingspan is 10 feet wide and stands 18 feet high on top of a 22 foot hand limestone column.

Dancing Fountain built by WET Design, the same company who built the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  The fountain is located in front of the theatre at the heart of The Grove.

Mexico 1293-1Enjoy the dancing fountain every hour. The water feature and pond use 50,000 gallons of water that recycle every two hours.

Mexico 1299A 30-foot-long ellipse of 32 pulsing water jets and an inner ring with eight arching and swaying columns of water join together to create a water dance that reaches heights of 60 feet.

CBS Television City—is a television studio complex (opened in 1952) located just north of North Market, was once part of the Gilmore dairy farm; it was also the site of Gilmore Stadium.

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p.s. It’s hard to believe that when Bob Tusquellas, owner of Tusquellas Seafoods (opened 1966), Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts (opened 1970) and Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar (opened 1982) went into the doughnut shop, he knew nothing about doughnuts.

Mexico 1310          Mexico 1311Just as Bob said that anything with yeast is difficult. Making doughnuts is definitely not easy; is a craft, an art. It’s like painting, it’s different every day. “The Market is my life; it’s meant everything to be here." Thanks to his passion, now I can have the delicious doughnut.

Mexico 1312-1                                                                                           Just a perfect ending for my Mexico-Los Angeles trip. I am go to go!

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