The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles has been a beloved Los Angeles landmark since it opened in 1934. More than 80 years after its grand opening, the Market continues to attract scores of locals and visitors.
But what is it that makes Farmers Market such an enduring place to visit? For many it is the sense of community provided by the Market’s merchants. In fact, dozens of our merchants have been located here for decades and their familiar faces are a delight for our guests, who have also been visiting for years.
Families are at the very core of Farmers Market’s success. As a family-owned business, The Market has countless stories of multi-generational family ownership and stewardship, which is why Father’s Day is a special celebration for us.
Farmers Market dads working alongside their children can be found at:
Bar 326 & E.B.’s Beer & Wine
Last year, an article in L.A. Weekly called our own Bar 326 the “Best Bar to Take Your Baby To.” Among the reasons, the article said, “it's a daytime place, so it's not full of drunk creepers.” We think the family vibe could also stem from the fact that the bar is run by Gary Twinn who works alongside his son Vincent. Dad manages the bars (and can occasionally be found performing with his group, The International Swingers, at the Market while Vincent bartends and also manages the marketing and social media for both establishments.
China Depot, which opened at Farmers Market just after World War WWII, was purchased by Manny and Angie Chang in 1991. Their success at China Depot then led them to purchase Bryan’s Pit Barbecue, a few stalls away.
The Chang family, who emigrated from Hong Kong, were familiar with Farmers Market because they operated the commissary at nearby CBS Television City for years. Today Manny is mostly retired, but can still occasionally be seen working at China Depot and Bryan Pit's BBQ alongside son David and daughter-in-law Nicole, who both run daily operations for Bryan’s Pit BBQ. Although David & Nicole’s own children, Ava and Deuce, don’t work at Farmers Market yet, they can often be seen playing on site, while their parents and grandparents are serving up some of the Market’s favorite food.
Farm Fresh Produce
Armando Puente started working at Farm Fresh Produce in 1989 after moving to the United States from Monterrey, Mexico. After 7 years, Armando bought the stall, which he has now owned for nearly two decades. Both of Armando’s sons, Carlos and Amir can occasionally be seen helping out behind the counter, selling fresh produce to patrons and Market restaurants. Armando, Jr. isn’t quite old enough yet for full-time employment, but he can often be seen helping out at the stand and at other Market merchants as well.
Huntington Meats & Puritan Poultry
At Huntington Meats & Puritan Poultry, butchery is also a family affair. Butcher Johnny Escobedo, who’s been cutting meat since he was 17, works alongside his daughter, Tiffany Ybarra, an apprentice butcher at the shop. Johnny, who is the first butcher in his family, says it “feels good to keep that going.” He’s especially proud of Tiffany for taking up work in what is traditionally considered a “man’s job.” “She’s doing something a lot of girls won’t do” says Johnny. As for Tiffany, working alongside dad is a great way to spend time with her “best friend.” Could a third generation of butchers be in the works? Although Tiffany’s son is too young for regular employment, he can occasionally be found “volunteering” at the shop as well. Check out a recent interview with father daughter duo on KABC-7’s Vista LA.
LA’s oldest toy store, Kip’s Toyland was founded by World War II vet, the late Irvin “Kip” Kipper. Although we recently lost Kip, he could often be seen working the counter greeting the grandchildren of customers who have been frequenting the shop since they were kids, even during his retirement. The shop is now run by Kip’s son Don and his granddaughter Lily, who manage the day-to-day operations.
Marconda’s Meats & Marconda's Puritan Poultry
Dave DeRosa took up ownership of this renowned family butcher shop in the early 1970s after purchasing it from his cousin Alfred who operated it since 1941. Since then, his son Lou and grandsons Cody and Tyler have all been fixtures in Marconda’s butcher shop, while grandson Thomas runs day-to-day operations at the Marconda's Puritan Poultry stand nearby.
Father and son duo, Al & Eric Coffey have been working side by side at Sporte Fashion since they purchased the shop in 1992. The popular T-shirt shop is a mainstay with visitors to Farmers Market, many of whom bought T-shirts 20 years ago and are now returning to purchase souvenirs for their own children.