Weekend Wanderings…

The L. A. Farmers Market

 Farmers Market (no apostrophe!) was created in July 1934.

In July 1934 a contingent of farmers pulled their trucks onto an expanse of empty land at the property known as Gilmore Island at the corner of Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles. They displayed their produce on the tailgates of their vehicles, to their delight, customers quickly arrived and parked their cars on a hastily created dirt parking lot in spaces designated with chalk. They strolled among the trucks purchasing fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The atmosphere was casual, the open air commerce enticing, the goods fresh, and the result remarkable. Farmers Market became an instant institution.

We met our friends from Seattle at the Original Los Angeles Farmers Market for dinner and a stroll. Luke, (one of our former pastors in Seattle), Terri and their two daughters Sophie and Greta are in L.A. for some sight seeing that will include the ultimate first time visit to Disneyland for the girls on Monday and Tuesday!

A very upscale outdoor shopping center, The Grove, has been built right next to the Old Farmers Market. We ended our visit with an elevator ride to the 8th floor of the parking garage at “The Grove” to get an aerial view of this Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles and Hollywood. We were hoping to see the famous Hollywood sign but sad but true it was too “L.A. smoggy hazy” to see it clearly! We were able to see the Griffith Park Observatory.

 View from a trail in Griffith Park from the south, looking north.

On our way home after our visit we were driving through a couple multi-million dollar neighborhoods and were shocked to see this eyesore on one of the street corners. We were amazed and decided to turn back to take some digital shots of this monstrocity. My photos will not give this gaudy display of bad taste justice.

There were over 14 of these statues…

Yikes! This is a beautiful neighborhood of amazingly landscaped and manicured lawns. House after house displays beautiful architecture and upkeep. I can only imagine what the immediate neighbors think. We found out later that there was a lot of TV coverage over this property and a  lawsuit that the neighbors brought to try to get these statues removed. They lost their suit. The bright white wrought iron fence was added after some of the statues were defaced.

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My weekend ended with a 250 mile round-trip out to Nuevo, California for dinner and a church service that my nephews Levi and Caleb were leading worship for (Levi in the red, Caleb in the orange). A nice ending to a busy weekend. Blessings on your week ahead…

Photobucket has blacked out all my photos from their site that I used on my blog since 2007 and I’m working to update my thousands of posts.

5 thoughts on “Weekend Wanderings…

  1. Love your history on the Farmers Market.

    Oh My Gosh on the statues – that is disgusting!

    Speaking of LA smog. Flew into that this morning. Boy, how I don’t miss that!

    Lana G! LA is not showing its best colors right now. 🙂

  2. What a wonderful weekend! Making a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing! What cracks me up is them chalking out parking spaces, round here, folks just park. Regardless of the lines. 🙂

    A Story To Tell is an old favorite! Thanks for bringing it back up out of the murky water that passes for my brain these days. 😉

    Mighty Mom, It’s my pleasure to to bring back things our brains forget… blessings.

  3. i love that you got to hang out with luke and terri!
    and I definitely cant believe that house with all the statues! its almost like a joke we used to play on people in high school where we would drive around and pick up as many road cones as we could – or as many of those political “vote for me” signs – and would then deposits them all on a friend’s lawn

    Hi Erika, It was fun getting together in another part of the world with Luke and Terri. I think the orange cones would be an improvement over the statues! They are just so white and in the LA sun they are blinding….blessings.

  4. It’s been a while since we visited the Farmers Market. Looks like there have been a few changes nearby.
    Those statutes are quite the eyesore!

    Susie, this was our first visit back in over 30 years so we were quite shocked by all the changes around the market…blessings.

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