As far as kid-friendly farmers’ markets go, South Pasadena’s is up there with the best of them. It’s a Thursday-evening small-town happening, with street performers, great prepared foods, the best farmers’ market produce east of Hollywood, and superb people-watching. Kids love to inspect the fantastical mushrooms at LA Funghi, sample berries from Pudwills, buy some bread from Homeboy Bakery, and beg for Carmela ice cream. And now that it’s daylight savings time, you’ve got a longer evening to enjoy. After you buy your produce for the week, cruise the prepared-food vendors to put together a picnic supper (a couple of tamales or crêpes, some roast corn and maybe a rotisserie chicken) and grab a seat on the curb or wander over to lawn at the South Pasadena Library to relax. Kids love to play on the above-ground, winding roots of the library trees, and the trunks make for handy parent backrests.
To do it right, and to avoid parking hassles, take the train! The market is located right at Mission Street exit off of the Metro Gold Line. Even if you only ride it for one or two stops, it’s worth it, and it’s fun for the kids.
Before heading back, consider a stop at Dinosaur Farm, one of the best toy stores for miles around.
South Pasadena Farmers Market
Thursdays, rain or shine 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
On Meridian Ave., between Mission and El Centro, South Pasadena