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LA's Farmers Market celebrates 75 years

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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.