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Original Farmers Market celebrates 75 years at Fairfax and 3rd

July 6, 2009 |  1:49 pm


Seventy-five years ago, a dozen farmers pulled up into a lot at Fairfax and 3rd and began selling produce from the backs of their trucks. The spot caught on quickly, and by the end of the year, the start of today's Original Farmers Market was on the site.

The market is celebrating with a week's worth of events, starting with a party at 7 p.m. July 13, with music from the vintage rock 'n' roll band Once More. There's more music two nights later, both big band, with Dean Mora and His Orchestra, and karaoke.

At 8 a.m. July 16, the market has a ceremony planned under the clock tower to mark its birthday. Comedian Jeff Garlin is the host, the USC marching band is playing, and of course there will be a big birthday cake.

Those events are free. For information about more events, see the market's website.

-- Mary MacVean

(Photo: The clock tower at the Original Farmers Market. Photo by Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)