Sylmar Farmers Market Has It Made in the Shade


The Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College is absolutely one of the best farmers markets I’ve ever attended. On Saturday I visited for the second time, and was pleased to see it growing from its grand opening on June 26.

The uniqueness of the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market is that it is on the first floor inside the parking structure at L.A. Mission College. That’s right…you are under shade and protection from the weather at all times while shopping!  When our searing hot August days arrive, you’ll be comfortable and protected from the sun by the parking structure’s shade and a cool breeze that stirs through the parking spaces while you shop. When the rains come during our mild winter months, you’ll enjoy the protection of the parking structure and still be able to purchase farm fresh produce. The Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College will be open and operational all year round.

Having the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College inside the parking structure is truly brilliant!

I spent almost three hours at the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College chatting with local Sylmarians and talking with vendors.  I also taste-tested many picture-perfect fruits and vegetables, and purchased beautiful fresh produce at great prices.

Many of the vendors come from far distances to participate: Fresno, Santa Maria, Oxnard.  They are among the friendliest I’ve encountered at any Farmers Market, and I’ve been to all of them in the Valley and many points beyond.

Other vendors are local residents with very nice arts and crafts to sell, again at great prices. You can also buy cookware, handbags, and fresh flowers. The day I visited, the agricultural department from North Hollywood High was selling their fresh cut flowers grown on the school grounds. Beautiful and very inexpensive. 

Food booths are also available at the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College. You’ll find many great foods ranging from barbecued meats to kettle corn to fresh doughnuts to puffy tacos to Peruvian fare, such as a wonderful delicate sauce made from blended lettuce and jalapenos that tops a delicious rice and meat dish.

Los Angeles Mission College, the Sylmar Neighborhood Council, the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce, and the Sylmar Business Improvement District have done a wonderful job in bringing the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College to Sylmar and the northeast San Fernando Valley. Heretofore, we have had to drive long distances to enjoy the festive atmosphere, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and energy a farmer’s market brings. 

If you haven’t gone to the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College, give it a try. It’s great, it’s unique, and it’s in the shade.

The Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar (Hubbard exit off 210 Freeway, north to Mission College), 818-833-3417.

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2 responses to “Sylmar Farmers Market Has It Made in the Shade

  1. Luis melchor

    How to register for a space for the Sylmar Farmers Market.

  2. The market has a new management team now, We are reopening the market on June 9 from 9-2 pm it will be a year round farmers market focused on kids and families, many of the same vendors but new ones too and food trucks and kid fun activities! more info: katie@ccfm.com would love to talk with you! =)

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