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Shop at a farmers market.

For those who can wrench themselves out of bed before 1 p.m. on a Sunday morning (a noteworthy feat for the average college student), one of the nicest events in town is just a short walk from campus. The Claremont Farmers Market, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 2nd Street in the downtown area known as the Village, is a great place to pick up some fresh fruits or veggies, flowers and a variety of other local offerings.

Manager Oscar DeLeon says the Claremont Farmers’ Market is different from most others. “Ninety percent of what we sell is from growers, the rest comes from crafters and artisans,” he says. “Most other farmers markets allow for a lot more crafters. In that way we’re much more like a traditional farmer’s market.”

For a more elaborate experience, visit L.A.’s original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax. Founded in 1934, the market was originally home to 18 produce vendors on a dusty lot, but it soon expanded and earned an international reputation.

Today only three produce stalls remain, but enter the warren of passageways to find the more than 25 inexpensive restaurants, with a variety of cuisine, tucked into the old produce stalls. Highlights include the jambalaya at The Gumbo Pot, mole at !Loteria! and tandoori at Singapore Banana Leaf. Top it off with a slice of pie from Dupars or a milkshake, slush or smoothie from Gills. So pull up a rickety chair and join the locals and more than three million tourists each year who visit this Los Angeles landmark. There’s even free music most Thursday and Friday nights.
 
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