LA's Farmers Market celebrates 75 years

L.A.'s Original Farmers Market features festivities this week for its 75th anniversary.

Six decades ago it was the most popular tourist attraction in Southern California. Today, it still attracts about 3 million international visitors a year. L.A.’s famous Farmer’s Market at Third and Fairfax observes its 75th anniversary this week.

David Hamlin is the co-author of “Los Angeles’ Original Farmers Market”. He says a dozen of the original 18 merchants were farmers who sold produce from the backs of their pick-up trucks in a vacant lot. Within a month they were building booths.

David Hamlin: "It was remarkably popular for the time and place it appeared. It was the middle of the Great Depression. A lot of folks were really struggling. Some of the original farmers were quite desperate and yet people embraced the place right from the beginning."

Hamlin estimates that between 6 and 10 million people visit the L.A. Farmers Market every year. The week-long festivities begin tonight at 7 with musical performances by the vintage rock and roll band, Once More.

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