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“Best Place to Spot Stars” – the Original Farmers Market!

April 3, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

For visitors to LA, seeing live movie and television stars is always a top goal.  Those who can’t wait to spot a celebrity should head straight to The Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax.  

The historic Market has been one of Hollywood’s best friends for 80 years, causing the Los Angeles Times to name it “the best place in town to spot stars.”

First and foremost, Hollywood stars, like all Market visitors, enjoy the Market’s casual atmosphere and ample dining, grocery and shopping options.  It is common to find a contemporary TV star dining at a Market table down the aisle from a director, a writer and an actress huddled over a script and a cup of coffee.  Every day, visitors to the Market ask one another, “Isn’t that So And So?”  They’re right, it is.164433_num693794_600x600

While Farmers Market is a favorite gathering spot when Hollywood wants to relax, it is also a center of Hollywood work.  In any given week, the Market’s eclectic and colorful atmosphere serves as a location for popular network and cable shows.   The Late, Late Show

with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Entourage, Southland, American Idol, The Bold & The Beautiful and Dancing with the Stars, to name just a few, have all brought their cameras and crews to the Market.  Popular cable and syndicated programs including  The Next Food  Network Star, Dr. Phil, Kitchen Nightmares, The Little People, The Doctors and Top Chef, have all captured segments at the Market as well.

From its earliest days, the Market has been a celebrity center.  Legend has it that Lou Costello of Abbott & Costello fame, purchased a pickle at Farmers Market on the day it opened in July, 1934.  From that day on, Hollywood has loved the place.  Over the years, everyone from James Dean, L L Cool J, Jay Leno and Marilyn Monroe to Liberace, Lauren

Bacall, Nicolas Cage, Jeff Garlin, Ava Gardner, the Beatles, Queen Latifah and Alicia Silverstone have been spotted at the Market.

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PAGE TWO – Star Gazing at The Original Farmers Market

During one storied 1936 fund-raiser staged by the Hollywood Women’s Press Association in 1936, Cary Grant lost articles of clothing, Greer Garson required a police escort, Broderick Crawford sold kitchen ware and the moppet star Shirley Temple had to be rescued from the huge and frenzied crowd eager to meet her (the fire department cut a hole in the roof of a Market shop to lift her out).164433_num693795

The history of Farmers Market tracks the history of modern entertainment.  When the owners of the Market were in the gasoline business, they adopted a lion named Gilmore as their mascot; Gilmore the Lion inspired the founders of MGM to brand their films with Leo, the roaring lion.  In the 1940s, Gilmore Field, next door to Farmers Market, was home to the Hollywood Stars, a professional baseball team whose owners included such Hollywood luminaries as C. B. DeMille, Barbara Stanwyck and Bing Crosby.  In the 1950s, as television grew up, CBS bought land from the Market’s owners and created Television City beside the Market, shifting the heart of the industry from New York to Los Angeles.  At about the same time, Walt Disney sat at Farmers Market patio tables, drawing inspiration as he designed a park called Disneyland.

Because it has nurtured the industry and served as Hollywood’s living and dining room for decades, Farmers Market is as much a part of Hollywood as the famous wooden

Hollywood sign and the stars on Hollywood Boulevard.  Visitors eager to experience

Hollywood in person need only to visit The Original Farmers Market (www.farmersmarketla.com).

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