Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Manzanar: A Hard History Lesson

This article was published in the Santa Monica College Corsair commemorating the annual pilgrimage to the site of the Japanese-American interment camp in Manzanar, California.

Photo by Jerome Michael

Taiko drums open the ceremony. Dressed in cobalt blue and swinging in a rhythmic dance, the drummers crack the silence with a rolling thunder. The murmur of the audience quiets. Behind them the white-capped mountains of the Eastern Sierras tumble across the sky, framing this sweltering stretch of dusty sand in Owens Valley.

The crowd has planted themselves as if at a sporting event with huge umbrellas and coolers, fold-out chairs and picnic blankets all angled toward a flat bed truck that acts as a stage. Many are well prepared and make this trip to Manzanar, the site of a World War II Japanese internment camp, each year.

Bruce Kaji takes the stage. He is the president and chairman of the Japanese American National Museum. Dressed in a bright purple Hawaiian shirt that hangs loosely on his small but stocky frame, he takes the microphone. “The program describes me as colorful. I thought I should live up to the name, so I wore this shirt,” he chuckles.

He is in good spirits as he takes the crowd on a journey back into the forties, when he was a teenager at Manzanar. “We had a jazz band that we called the ‘Jive Bombers,’ he says smiling. “Jive because we played jive-style music and bombers, well, because of the war.”

The theme for this year’s event is “Continuing the Legacy” and, like Bruce, many of the elders dot their speeches with positive memories and experiences from the camps. Their recollections are invaluable to the pilgrimage and the younger generations, who have come to learn about their history.

The effects of the internment have been far reaching, rippling out into the community in the decades following the war. During the 1960s, amid the spirit of the civil rights movement, active members of the Japanese American community kick started the pilgrimage in the hopes of bringing some clarity to the swirling confusion and grief surrounding this part of their history. The pilgrimage was constructed as a way of remembering and honoring the past, connecting future generations to their families and encouraging education to prevent such injustices from happening again.

Dr. Victor Shibata, a founding member of the Manzanar Pilgrimage, sits towards the back of the crowd, wearing a light flannel shirt and sipping water from his camel backpack. His long gray hair is capped with a hat reading YB, Yellow Brotherhood, another community group that he started for youth. For many years, he was instrumental in organizing the pilgrimage. Nowadays, he is happy to see it take on a life of its own. And that it has. Drawing a crowd of over 1,500, Manzanar comes alive every spring.


One of 10 facilities in seven states, Manzanar became a prison to 11,000 innocent Japanese Americans after the fateful passage of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. Hailed as one of the largest mass violations of civil liberties in American history, over 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent were held for three years without any charges being brought against them.

The evacuations were swift; internees were forced to abruptly leave their homes. Jobs, businesses, property, and relationships were left dangling in midstream. Though national security is often touted as the motive behind the internment, it is regarded by many historians to be economically driven. Statistics on how much was actually lost have been nearly impossible to calculate. However, a study of the 1946 census conducted by the War Relocation Authority by social scientists Broom and Riemer estimates approximately $590 million of property loss in Los Angeles alone.

“If you break it down, that’s exactly what it was about: economics,” Dr. Shibata says. “The Imperial Valley was a desert. Everyone else had given up on that land. No one else could work it. Then the Issei [first generation Japanese Americans] came in and worked hard. They pulled up boulders and started planting.”

Turning large barren areas of California into thriving farms, Japanese Americans were hugely successful in agriculture prior to the war. Yet agribusinesses in the West were strategically poised to take over the liquidated businesses and properties that were left when the Japanese were ordered into camps.

Japanese communities met a similar fate. “They destroyed entire communities like Terminal Island.” Dr, Shibata says. Terminal Island was a small fishing village in San Pedro where his family lived before the war. After the evacuation, building companies razed the village and built a shipping yard there.

The effects of the internment ran deeper still, disrupting family structures and emotionally scarring many.
“I think it was a fear that they can just take you away like that,” Dr. Shibata explains. “The camps really changed how people viewed themselves,” he says. “That fear made it so that communities no longer existed. People didn’t come out of their houses anymore.”
The events of the internment were difficult to reconcile. “The elders would say ‘Shikata ganai,’ you can’t do anything about it. They just wanted to forget it and get on with their lives. It was a hard blow to their pride,” he says, “that they didn’t fight, that they were taken away and couldn’t do anything about it.”

An unusual division occurred during internment. Where the Issei had lost all they had worked for and consequently were left in a state of uncertainty, their children, the Nisei, or second generation, had found a pleasant niche in the camps. As Bruce Kaji describes it, he felt connected. No longer a minority in school and subject to put downs and discrimination, at Manzanar he had more opportunities to get involved and make friends.

However, attempting to normalize life after the internment was difficult. “The camps broke down the traditions,” Dr. Shibata says. “It dismantled the family especially the place of the father.”

They felt helpless in protecting their families and many youth became resentful, he says.
“Young people didn’t have the guidance at home. They started looking to their fathers and saying why didn’t you stand up.”

Depressant drugs like barbiturates and heroin became a problem as well as issues of identity. Dr. Shibata remembers many friends that he lost to drugs and suicide during his youth.


It was in the late sixties, with the civil rights movement in full swing, that Dr. Shibata and his friends realized it was time to reclaim this part of their history, to understand the injustices and most importantly to open the old wound. They realized the only way to heal was to finally start talking about it.

To begin with they organized a pilgrimage to the abandoned site of a Japanese internment camp. Inspired by the Cesar Chavez march from Delano to Sacramento and the March on Washington in 1963, Dr. Shibata remembers the motivation to do something similar for the Japanese community. They organized a group of 150 and in December of 1969, made the journey up to Manzanar.

“In December it was cold,” Dr. Shibata says. “We weren’t thinking about that, but it was actually good that we did it in the bad weather. You really see what they went through.” The pilgrimage was a huge success, steadily growing in size with each year. This year marks the thirty-ninth consecutive year.

In 1995, Dr. Shibata and his community were able to take the concept of the pilgrimage to the next level. He began scouting out the 250-mile route from Los Angeles to Manzanar and in the spring, with a convoy of supplies in tow, a group of about 16 embarked on a true pilgrimage, running relay the entire stretch to Manzanar. The run took about 6 days with each person running a couple miles a day.

At night they camped near the route. The most important part of the pilgrimage was at night; friends would gather around the campfire and talk, opening up about life, identity, and sharing experiences. It was a profound life-changing, if not cathartic, experience for the group.

“It’s a difficult task, the struggle of the run, and we do it together so there’s that sense of unity.” Dr. Shibata says. “It became a very spiritual time. There was no meat eating. We gathered in circles in the morning and at night. We asked permission from the Paiute and Shoshone to travel through their land and once we reached the camp, we would walk to each corner and offer blessings and prays.”

This tradition is still going strong. Following the speakers today, the crowd has quietly congregated a few paces away by a striking white obelisk, inscribed with the words “soul consoling tower” in Japanese. 慰靈塔 Voices are nearly lost in the breeze moving through the valley as brief prayer and blessing ceremonies are given in the Buddhist, Shinto, Christian and Muslim traditions.


As the years have progressed, and especially after the events of September 11, the Manzanar pilgrimage has grown to include a broad scope of cultural and interfaith groups. Rev. Dr. Paul Nagano says loudly above the crowd, “A new war has brought war hysteria, racial profiling and discrimination once again. We stand by our Muslim brothers in their time of suffering.”

Hussam Alyoush, Executive Director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), was one of many representing the Arab American community at the ceremony. He reached out to the Japanese community, saying, “We want to stand with our Japanese American citizens wishing to ensure this could never happen again. Like them, we want to remember the past and to learn from it.”

The Manzanar Committee has focused heavily on the lessons to be learned from the internment. Kerry Cababa, Co-Chair of the Manzanar Committee, said, “When people come to the Pilgrimage, they are hit with the reality that this really happened and if we don’t remain vigilant, it will happen again.”

Though the possibility may seem unlikely to some, Dr. Shibata argues that the current implication are there. The fear and hysteria attached to the idea of terrorism and the manipulation of the public in the name of national security are a current reality. Dr. Shibata says, “There’s the probability of martial law. The FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] camps are already in place for something like this to happen again.”

** If you were wondering how our photojournalist got that incredible semi-aerial shot, here’s the answer to all your questions: PVC and screws.

Get some adrenaline in your blood


Devil's Swimming Pool

Destination: Devil's Swimming Pool
Location: Africa, Zambia / Zimbabwe
Why? G8 Summit with the dark side AKA Death Wish

My nervous system would be a wreck; my limbs would be pumped so full of adrenaline I wouldn't be able to stand up, but hey, let's GO!

It's called the Devil's Swimming Pool, and it's a small depression in the rock precipice just before the river pours over a nearly 400-foot cliff.

Victoria Falls are the largest waterfall in the world! The gigantic sheet of water tumbles from the Zambezi River, a river that divides the African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

In the wet season, the Zambezi is a rushing torrent of water, dumping nearly 150,000 gallons of water over the rocky crag. In the dry season, brave souls can venture across the shallow area of the river and enter this pool from a slippery rock island.

Once in the pool you can literally creep up on death. The tiny rock ledge between the pool and the drop, lets you actually hang over the edge of the waterfall, as the water pours over you and look down...down...down! Don't slip!

(The article I read said occasionally hippos go over. AY! Poor things! Wish they could fly).

For your convenience I looked up the death toll and none have been reported in "western" media that I can find. That only means there probably hasn't been a high-profile tourist accident of late.

Save the Tourist!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Los Angeles Farmers Markets

:list - LA Times online

I thought this could be helpful for anyone in the LA area. 


Los Angeles County

  • Bellflower: Oak Street and Clark Avenue, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (562) 866-6609.

  • South Gate: South Gate Park, Tweedy Boulevard and Pinehurst Avenue, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (323) 774-0159.

  • West Hollywood: Plummer Park, north lot, 1200 N. Vista St. at Fountain Avenue, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (323) 848-6535.


Los Angeles County

  • Culver City: Main Street between Venice and Culver boulevards, 2 to 7 p.m. (310) 739-5028.

  • Highland Park: Marmion Way at Avenue 57 (near Gold Line station), summer, 4 to 8 p.m., winter, 3 to 7 p.m. www.oldla.org (323) 255-5030.

  • Manhattan Beach: 13th Street between Valley and Morningside drives, noon to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. www.mbfarmersmarket.com 310 379-9901.

  • Norwalk: South side of Alondra Boulevard, west of Pioneer Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (562) 921-2321.

  • Pasadena (Villa Park): 363 E. Villa St. at Garfield Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EBT) (626) 449-0179.

  • Torrance: Wilson Park on Crenshaw Boulevard, between Carson Street and Sepulveda Boulevard, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 781-7520.

Orange County

  • Brea: Birch Street and Walnut Avenue, 4 to 8:30 p.m. during daylight savings, 4 to 8 p.m. the remainder of the year. (714) 329-6755.

  • Irvine: Historic Park at the Irvine Ranch, 13042 Old Myford Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 573-0374.

San Bernardino County

  • Big Bear Lake: Big Bear Boulevard and Division Road, April through October, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (760) 247-3769.


Los Angeles County

  • Gardena: 1670 W.162nd St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 217-9537.

  • Hollywood (Sears): 5601 Santa Monica Boulevard, noon to 5:30 p.m. (EBT) (323) 463-3171.

  • Huntington Park: Salt Lake City Park, Bissell Street and East Florence Avenue, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EBT) www.harborareafarmersmarkets.org (866) 466-3834.

  • La Cienega (Kaiser): Kaiser West L.A., 6041 Cadillac Ave., 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EBT) (562) 495-1764.

  • Lawndale: 147th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard at City Hall, 2 to 7 p.m. (310) 679-3306

  • Los Angeles (Adams and Vermont): St. Agnes Church, West Adams Boulevard at Vermont Avenue, 2 to 6 p.m. (EBT) (323) 777-1755.

  • Los Angeles (downtown): 650 W. 5th St., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EBT) www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • Northridge: Northridge Fashion Center, Tampa Avenue south of Plummer Street, April through Oct. 24, 5 to 9 p.m. (805) 643-6458.

  • San Dimas: 245 E. Bonita Ave., 5 to 9 p.m., April 2 through Sept. 24. www.sandimasfarmersmarket.com. (909) 581-4744.

  • Santa Monica: 2nd Street and Arizona Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EBT) www.smgov.net/farmers_market (310) 458-8712.

  • Westchester: Westchester Park at Lincoln Blvd. and La Tijera, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.westchesterfarmersmarket.com (310) 582-5850.

  • Whittier: Greenleaf Avenue between Philadelphia and Hadley streets. March 5 through 3rd week in October. 5 to 9 p.m. (562) 696-2662.

  • Chino Hills: McCoy Equestrian Center, 14280 Peyton Drive, 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. April 2 through Sept. 24 (909) 548-0868.

Orange County

  • Fullerton: Independence Park, 801 W.Valencia Ave. (next to DMV), 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EBT) (714) 871-5304.

  • San Juan Capistrano: El Camino Real and Yorba Lane, 3 to 7 p.m. (858) 272-7054.

  • Santa Ana: Fiesta Marketplace parking lot, North Bush and East 3rd streets, 3 to 7 p.m. (EBT) www.grainproject.org (714) 542-9392.

  • Tustin: El Camino Real and 3rd Street, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 573-0374.

Riverside County

  • Temecula (Promenade): Promenade Mall, 4820 Winchester Road at Inez Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (760) 728-7343.

San Bernardino County

  • Chino: Chino City Hall, 13220 Central Ave., June through Aug. 5 to 8:30 p.m. www.chinofarmersmarket.com (310) 621-0336.

Ventura County

  • Ventura (midtown): Pacific View Mall, west lot, north of Sears, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.vccfarmersmarkets.com (805) 529-6266.


Los Angeles County

  • Carson: Community center parking lot, Carson Street between Bonita Street and Avalon Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 847-3584.

  • Century City: Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • El Segundo: Main Street between Holly and Pine avenues, 3 to 7 p.m. (310) 615-2649.

  • Glendale: 100 block of North Brand, between Wilson Avenue and Broadway Boulevard, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (818) 548-2005.

  • Glendora: 140 S. Glendora Ave., 5 to 9 p.m. May 1 through Aug. 28. www.glendorafarmersmarket.com. (626) 593-9254.

  • La Cienega: La Cienega Plaza, 1801 S. La Cienega Blvd., 3 to 7 p.m.; 3 to 7:30 p.m. during daylight savings. (EBT) (562) 495-1764.

  • La Verne: Old Town La Verne, D Street and Bonita Avenue, April 3 through Aug. 28, 5 to 9 p.m. (626) 357-7442.

  • Long Beach (Uptown): Atlantic Ave and E 45th Way (Bixby Knolls area) 3 to 6:30 p.m. (EBT) www.harborareafarmersmarkets.org (866) 466-3834.

  • Los Angeles (Downtown Arts District / Little Tokyo): City Hall South lawn between Main and Spring Sts., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (213) 814-7164. http://www.downtownfarmersmarket.org

  • Los Angeles (Chinatown): 727 N. Hill St., 2 to 6 p.m. www.chinatownla.com (213) 680-0243.

  • Redondo Beach: Adjacent to Veterans Park, 309 Esplanade at the pier, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 372-1171, Ext. 2252.

  • Newhall: Market between Walnut and Main, 3 to 7 p.m. (661) 255-4347.

  • South Pasadena (Mission West): Meridian Avenue at Mission Street (Gold Line station), 4 to 8 p.m.; winter, 4 to 7 p.m. (626) 799-1327. http://www.ci.southpasadena.ca.us/about/farmersmarket.html

  • Westwood: Sepulveda Blvd at Constitution Ave (just north of Wilshire), noon to 6 p.m. (until sunset in winter), www.westwoodfarmersmarket.com (310) 861-8188.

  • Wilmington: Avalon Boulevard and L Street, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 834-8586.

Orange County

  • Anaheim: Center Street Promenade at Lemon Street, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EBT) (714) 956-3586.

  • Costa Mesa: Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 573-0374.

  • Fullerton: Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue, 4 to 8:30 p.m. April through November. (714) 738-6545.

  • Orange: 143 S. Lemon St., American Legion Hall parking lot, 2 to 6 p.m. (951) 532-2822

San Bernardino County

  • Redlands: East State Street between Orange and 9th streets, 6 to 9 p.m.; summer hours May 31 to Sept. 4: 6 to 9:30 p.m. (909) 798-7629.

  • Upland: 9th Street and Second Avenue, April to late October, 5 to 9 p.m. (714) 345-3087.

  • Victorville (High desert): Victor Valley Community College Upper Campus, 8 a.m. to noon, (760) 247-3769.

Ventura County

  • Oxnard: Plaza Park, corner of 5th and C streets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (805) 483-7960.

  • Thousand Oaks: McCloud Avenue and Hillcrest Drive, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, on the rooftop of Conejo Recreation & Park District building, 2 to 6:30 p.m. www.vccfarmersmarkets.com (805) 529-6266.


Los Angeles County

  • Covina: Civic Center Park, Citrus Avenue and School Street, 5 to 9 p.m. April through December. www.covinafarmersmarket.com (310) 621-0336.

  • Echo Park: Parking lot No. 663 on Logan Street south of Sunset Boulevard, 3 to 7 p.m. (EBT) (323) 463-3171.

  • Hermosa Beach: Valley Drive between 8th and 10th streets, noon to 4 p.m. (310) 379-1488.

  • Long Beach (downtown): CityPlace, on the Promenade between 4th and 5th streets, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EBT) www.harborareafarmersmarkets.org (866) 466-3834.

  • Los Angeles (downtown): 333 S. Hope St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (818) 591-8161.

  • Los Angeles (Eagle Rock): Merton and Caspar avenues, 5 to 9 p.m.

  • Monrovia: East Olive and South Myrtle avenues, 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4 through Dec. 19; (626) 357-7442.

  • San Pedro: Old Town, Mesa and 6th streets, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (310) 832-7272.

  • Simi Valley: Simi Valley Town Center Mall, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, March through November, 3 to 8 p.m., (805) 643-6458.

  • Venice: Venice Way and Venice Boulevard, 7 to 11 a.m. www.venicefarmersmarket.com (310) 399-6690.

  • Whittier: Bailey Street between Greenleaf and Comstock avenues, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EBT) (562) 696-2662.

Orange County

  • Huntington Beach: Pier Plaza, Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, 1 to 5 p.m. (714) 573-0374.

  • Laguna Hills: Laguna Hills Mall parking lot, the 5 Freeway and El Toro Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 573-0374.

Riverside County

  • Riverside (Kaiser Permanente): Medical center parking lot, 10800 Magnolia Avenue, corner of Sierra Avenue, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Friday. (310) 455-0181.

  • Riverside (Sears): Sears parking lot, 5261 Arlington Ave., 8:30 a.m. to noon. (760) 244-2772.

San Bernardino County

  • Fontana: Kaiser Permanente hospital grounds, Valley Street and Sierra Avenue, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (310) 621-0336.

  • Lake Arrowhead Village: 28200 Highway 189, 5 to 8 p.m., May 25 through Aug. 28. (909) 337-2533.


Los Angeles County

  • Burbank: Orange Grove Avenue and 3rd Street, behind City Hall, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EBT) (626) 308-0457.

  • Calabasas (Old Town): 23504 Calabasas Road, at Mulholland Drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • Cerritos: Park Plaza and Towne Center drives, near the Performing Arts Center, 8 a.m. to noon. (EBT) www.Harborareafarmersmarkets.org (866) 466-3834.

  • Downey: Second Street between New St. and La Reina Ave. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. http://www.downeyca.org

  • Gardena: Hollypark United Methodist Church parking lot, 13000 S. Van Ness Ave., 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EBT) (323) 777-1755.

  • La Cañada Flintridge: 1346 Foothill Blvd., across from Memorial Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • Leimert: Degnan Boulevard and 43rd Street, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EBT) (323) 463-3171.

  • Los Angeles (Harambee): 5730 Crenshaw Blvd., north of Slauson Avenue, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (323) 292-5550; (323) 292-5558.

  • Pasadena (Victory Park): North Sierra Madre Boulevard and Paloma Street, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EBT) (626) 449-0179.

  • Pomona Valley: Pearl Street and Garey Avenue, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. (EBT)(310) 621-0336.

  • Santa Monica (Pico): Virginia Avenue Park, corner of Pico and Cloverfield boulevards, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EBT) www.smgov.net/farmers_market (310) 458-8712.

  • Santa Monica (Saturday, organic): 3rd Street at Arizona Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EBT) www.smgov.net/farmers_market (310) 458-8712.

  • Silver Lake: 3700 Sunset Blvd., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (323) 661-7771.

  • Torrance: Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 328-2809.

  • Walnut: Southlands Christian Schools campus, 1920 S. Brea Canyon Cutoff Road., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (909) 860-1904.

  • Westchester: Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, 6081 Center Dr., 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. westchesterfarmersmarket.com. (310) 582-5850.

Orange County

  • Corona del Mar: Marguerite Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (949) 361-0735.

  • Dana Point: Hennessey's La Plaza, Pacific Coast Highway and Golden Lantern, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (909) 229-3329.

  • Irvine: University Center across from UCI, 8 a.m. to noon. (714) 573-0374.

  • Ladera Ranch: Town Green Park, 28801 Sienna Parkway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Laguna Beach: Lumberyard parking lot next to City Hall, 8 a.m. to noon.; 8 to 11 a.m. July and August. (714) 573-0374.

  • Yorba Linda: Main Street at Imperial Highway in Old Towne, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 779-9373.

Riverside County

  • Riverside: University Ave. at Main St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 345-3087.

  • Temecula (Old Town): 6th and Old Town Front streets, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (760) 728-7343.

Ventura County

  • Ventura (Downtown): City Parking Lot, Santa Clara and Palm streets, 8:30 a.m. to noon. www.vccfarmersmarkets.com (805) 529-6266.


Los Angeles County

  • Alhambra: Monterey and East Bay State streets, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EBT) (626) 570-5081.

  • Atwater: 3250 Glendale Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EBT) (323) 463-3171.

  • Beverly Hills: 9300 block of Civic Center Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 285-6830. www.beverlyhills.org

  • Brentwood: 741 Gretna Green Way, at San Vicente Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • Claremont: 2nd Street and Indian Hill Boulevard, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 345-3087.

  • Encino: 17400 Victory Blvd., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (818) 708-6611. www.onegeneration.org

  • Hollywood: Ivar Avenue between Sunset and Hollywood boulevards, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EBT) (323) 463-3171.

  • Long Beach (Southeast): Parking lot of the Alamitos Bay Marina, East Marina Drive, south of East 2nd St., west of Pacific Coast Highway, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EBT) www.harborareafarmersmarkets.org (866) 466-3834.

  • Los Angeles (Larchmont Village): 209 Larchmont Blvd., between 1st Street and Beverly Boulevard, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • Los Angeles (Melrose Place): Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • Mar Vista: Venice Blvd. and Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (310) 861-4444.

  • Montrose (Harvest Market): 2200 block of Honolulu Avenue, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.shopmontrose.com (818) 249-2499.

  • Pacific Palisades: 1037 Swarthmore Ave., at Sunset Boulevard, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.ccfm.com (818) 591-8161.

  • Palos Verdes-Rolling Hills Estates: Peninsula Shopping Center, Hawthorne Boulevard at Silver Spur Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 324-3994.

  • Santa Clarita: College of the Canyons, stadium parking lot 8, Valencia and Rockwell Canyon boulevards, 8:30 a.m. to noon. www.vccfarmersmarkets.com (805) 529-6266.

  • Santa Monica: 2640 Main St. at Ocean Park Boulevard, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EBT) www.smgov.net/farmers_market (310) 458-8712.

  • Studio City: Ventura Place, between Ventura and Laurel Canyon Boulevards, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (818) 655-7744.

  • West Los Angeles: 11360 Santa Monica Blvd., at Purdue Avenue, behind the public library, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.westlafarmersmarket.com (310) 281-7855.

  • Westwood Village: Broxton Avenue between Weyburn and Kinross avenues, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., (310) 739-5028.

Orange County

  • Laguna Niguel: Plaza de la Paz Shopping Center, La Paz Road and Pacific Park Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (714) 573-0374.

  • San Clemente Village: Avenida del Mar and Ola Vista, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (949) 361-0735.

Ventura County

  • Ojai: 300 E. Matilija St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (805) 698-5555. www.ojaicertifiedfarmersmarket.com

  • Oxnard-Channel Islands: 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (805) 643-6458.