Our Community Foundation: our heart and soul

When your job is all about homes, you’re bound to be interested in communities and how to make them better. That’s how the John Aaroe Group Community Foundation 501(c)(3) was born. The need to give back is part of our DNA, and we contribute a portion of the commission earned on every deal made by every agent to our nonprofit support organization.

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Sausage-Pepper Kabobs

Grilled smoked sausage and fresh vegetables make a great light summer or holiday meal. To save time these kabobs can be prepped a day before serving, wrapped, and refrigerated.

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Handy guide to LA farmer’s markets

The California climate is ideal for fresh fruits and vegetables to grow and thrive, all year round.

Which means we have access to some of the best produce, straight from the farms. All we need to do is pick a farmers market, make a list and go. Simple as that.The most important aspects of shopping at a farmers market is buying local, supporting our farmers and producers, and taking ownership of what you choose to put in your body.

With that said, WeLikeLA has compiled the most current list of year round farmers markets in the Los Angeles County, in hopes that every Angeleno will explore and support the many communities that make our city so special.

Organized first by day of week and then alphabetically, we hope you find this useful in your exploration for fresh and local foods.

Keep in mind market dates that fall on holidays are likely to be closed or have different hours of operation, always check before making your plans.

Santa Monica Farmers Market. Credit: Brian Champlin

Monday

Farmers’ Market at Barnsdall Art Park [12:00pm – 6:00pm]

Bellflower Certified Farmers Market [9:00am – 1:00pm]

Plummer Park Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

South Gate Farmers Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

The Original Farmers Market [9:00am – 9:00pm]

Tuesday

Culver City Farmers Market [2:00pm – 7:00pm]

Highland Park Old L.A. Certified Farmers Market [3:00pm – 7:00pm]

Long Beach Bixby Park Farmers Market [3:00pm – 7:00pm]

Manhattan Beach Farmers Market [11:00am – 4:00pm]

Pasadena Farmers’ Market at Villa Parke Center [8:30am – 12:30pm]

Silver Lake Farmers Market [2:00pm – 7:30pm]

Sherman Oaks Farmers Market [3:00pm – 7:00pm]

The Original Farmers Market [9:00am – 9:00pm]

Torrance Certified Farmers Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Wednesday

Altadena Farmers Market [3:00pm – 7:00pm]

Downtown Los Angeles (Pershing Square) [11:30am – 2:00pm]

Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market [8:30am – 1:30pm]

Hermosa Beach Farmers Market [11:00am – 4:00pm]

Huntington Park Farmers Market [9:30am – 1:30pm]

Kaiser West LA Farmers’Market [9:00am – 2:30pm]

Kaiser South Bay Farmers’ Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

Marine Stadium Farmers Market [ 3:00pm – 7:00pm]

Miracle Mile Farmers Market [11:00am – 3:00pm]

The Original Farmers Market [9:00am – 9:00pm]

Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market [9:00am – 1:00pm]

Thursday

Central Avenue Farmers’ Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

Century City Farmers Market [11:00am – 3:00pm]

Compton Farmers Market (The Blue Line) [11:00am – 7:00pm]

Downtown L.A. Farmers Market (7th & Figueroa) [11:00am – 2:00pm]

East Ventura Farmers Market [3:00pm – 7:00pm]

El Segundo Certified Farmers Market [3:00pm – 7:00pm]

Glendale Certified Farmers Market [9:30am – 1:30pm]

La Cienega Farmers’ Market [2:00pm – 7:00pm]

Long Beach Uptown Farmers Market [3:00am – 6:30pm]

Santa Fe Springs Farmers Market [ 12:00pm – 5:00pm]

SouthBay Pavilion Certified Farmers Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

South Pasadena Farmers Market [4:00pm – 7:00pm]

The Original Farmers Market [9:00am – 9:00pm]

Westwood Farmers Market [12:00pm – 6:00pm]

Wilmington Farmers Market [9:00am – 1:00pm]

Friday

Bank of America Farmers Market [10:00am – 2:00pm]

Crenshaw Farmers’ Market [3:00pm – 7:30pm]

Echo Park Farmers’ Market [ 3:00pm – 7:30pm]

Eagle Rock Farmers Market [4:00pm – 8:00pm]

Hermosa Beach Certified Farmers Market [12:00pm – 4:00pm]

Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Farmer’s Market [1:00pm – 5:00pm]

Long Beach Downtown Farmers Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

Monrovia Farmers Market [5:00pm -9:00pm]

Monterey Park Farmers Market [4:00pm – 8:00pm]

San Pedro Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

The Original Farmers Market [9:00am – 9:00pm]

Uptown Whittier Farmers Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Saturday

Baldwin La Brea Certified Farmers’ Market  [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Crenshaw-Baldwin Hills Farmers Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

Beverly Glen Center Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Bixby Park Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Buena Park Downtown Farmers’ Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Burbank Certified Farmers Market [8:00am – 12:30pm]

Downey Farmers Market [9:00am – 1:00pm]

Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market [8:30am – 1:00pm]

Downtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market [8:30am – 1:00pm]

Glassell Park Farmers’ Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

East L.A. Certified Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Main Street Canoga Park Farmers’ Market [9:00am – 1:00pm}

Marina del Rey Farmers’ Market [ 9:00am – 2:00pm]

Pasadena Farmers’ Market at Victory Park [8:30am – 12:30pm]

Playa Vista Certified Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

La Cañada, Flintridge Farmers Market [9:00am – 1:00pm]

North Hollywood Farmers Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

Santa Monica Farmers Market (Virginia Avenenue) [ 8:00am – 1:00pm]

Silver Lake Farmers Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

The Original Farmers Market [9:00am – 8:00pm]

Topanga Canyon Certified Farmers Market [9:00am – 1:00pm]

Torrance Certified Farmers Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market [10:00am – 2:00pm]

Sunday

Alhambra Certified Farmers Market [8:30am – 1:00pm]

Atwater Village Farmers Market [ 10:00am – 2:00pm]

Beverly Hills Certified Farmers Market [9:00am – 1:00pm]

Brentwood Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:30pm]

Claremont Certified Farmers and Artisans Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Encino Farmers Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Historic Downtown Los Angeles Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Hollywood Farmers’ Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Larchmont Village Farmers Market [10:00am – 2:00pm]

Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Los Feliz Village Certified Farmers Market {9:00am – 2:00pm]

Malibu Farmers Market [10:00am – 3:00pm]

Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Melrose Place Farmers Market [10:00am – 2:00pm]

Montrose Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Motor Avenue Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Old Pasadena Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Pacific Palisades Farmers Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Palos Verdes Farmers Market [8:00am – 1:00pm]

Playa Vista Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Santa Monica Farmers Market (Main Street) [ 9:30am – 1:00pm]

Studio City Farmers Market [8:00am – 2:00pm]

Temple City Farmers Market [8:30 – 1:00pm]

The Original Farmers Market [10:00am – 7:00pm]

Toluca Lake Farmers Market [ 10:00am – 3:00pm]

West Los Angeles Certified Farmers Market [9:00am – 2:00pm]

Wellington Square Farmers Market (Mid City) [9:00am – 1:00pm]

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Minted Garden Veg with Real Salad Cream

Minted Garden Veg with Real Salad Cream
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bunches baby beetroot, with leaves
  2. 2 tbsp vinegar
  3. 250g (8oz) English asparagus
  4. 1kg (2lb) broad beans,shelled
  5. 400g (13oz) baby courgettes, cut into 1cm (½in) thick slices
  6. 200g (6½oz) firm English goat's cheese, crumbled
  7. Bunch of mint, chopped
  8. FOR THE SALAD CREAM
  9. 4 eggs
  10. 2tbsp white wine vinegar
  11. ½tbsp English mustard
  12. 4-5tbsp single cream
Instructions
  1. Trim the beetroot keeping the smallest leaves for the salad, and place the roots in a pan with the vinegar. Cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins.
  2. Cool, drain and peel. Bring a lightly salted pan of water to the boil and cook the asparagus for 1 min. Add the broad beans and courgettes. Cook for 3 mins, drain and cool.
  3. For the salad cream, cook the eggs in boiling water for 7 mins. Cool, then shell them. Remove the yolks and mash with the vinegar and mustard. Add the cream until smooth. (You can use a hand-held blender.)
  4. Season with salt and white pepper. Mix the cheese with the mint vegetables and leaves. Drizzle over the salad cream to serve.
Adapted from House & Garden UK
Adapted from House & Garden UK
ReubenPacheco.com http://www.reubenpacheco.com/

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InPlace: Hancock Park

Today, stars and Hollywood moguls treasure Hancock Park for the same reason they did in the 1920s: it’s both ravishingly beautiful and right near the studios (Paramount is just across its Melrose border). Studded with elegant Tudor, English, and Spanish and American Colonial Revival homes, it’s one of the oldest, most well-preserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles … and one of the most intact historic enclaves in the country.

Hancock Park was born in the early 1920s, when developer-philanthropist George Hancock donated 23 acres of land — including his family home — to Los Angeles County. That parcel is now the site of the LA County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Later, he subdivided most of the rest of the family land into residential lots, reserving 105 acres for what would become Wilshire Country Club.

Hancock commissioned an impressive list of architects to design the homes and required all properties to be set back a sweeping fifty feet from the street with electrical lines behind them. With its quick access to the movie studios, Hancock Park quickly attracted the cream of Hollywood, along with an array of other tycoons and dignitaries. Today, some of the homes are foreign diplomatic residences; Japan, Belgium, Canada, Argentina, to name a few, as well as the 1928 Wallace Neff home of LA’s British Consul-General. 

One of Hancock Park’s early architects was Leland Bryant, a master of storybook grandeur whose work has enchanted stars from Marlene Dietrich to Katy Perry. Bryant’s 1926 French Norman Châteauesque apartment building, Le Faubourg St Gilles (now Country Club Manor) at 316 North Rossmore, is one of the most palatial full service prewar residential buildings in Los Angeles. It’s also Hancock Park’s most sought-after condominium complex.

“Aside from the beauty and quality of life in my neighborhood, Hancock Park has beengranted HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) status, which ensures these homes will be preserved for generations to come,” says Galloway. “Along with the benefit of preservation, this status allows homeowners to qualify for the Mills Act. Several of my clients have taken advantage of this program. As a resident I am thrilled to live in such an architecturally-intact gem of a neighborhood”

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Rhubarb & custard cake

Rhubarb & custard cake
Serves 16
This recipe tastes even better with homegrown rhubarb
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 quantity Barney's roasted rhubarb
  2. Rhubarb
  3. 250g pack butter Butter , softened, plus extra for greasing
  4. 150g pot ready-made custard (not the chilled kind; I used Ambrosia)
  5. 250g self-raising flour
  6. ½ tsp baking powder
  7. 4 large egg
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 250g golden caster sugar
  10. icing sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Make the roasted rhubarb first, carefully draining off the juices before you let it cool. Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed or springform cake tin. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  2. Reserve 3 tbsp of the custard in a bowl. Beat the rest of the custard together with the butter, flour, baking powder, eggs, vanilla and sugar until creamy and smooth. Spoon one-third of the mix into the tin, add some of the rhubarb, then dot with one-third more cake mix and spread it out as well as you can. Top with some more rhubarb, then spoon over the remaining cake mix, leaving it in rough mounds and dips rather than being too neat about it. Scatter the rest of the rhubarb over the batter, then dot the remaining custard over. Bake for 40 mins until risen and golden, then cover with foil and bake for 15-20 mins more. It’s ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then dredge with icing sugar when cool.
Notes
  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Rinse 400g rhubarb and shake off excess water. Trim the ends, then cut into little-finger-size pieces. Put in a shallow dish or a baking tray, tip over 50g caster sugar, toss together, then shuffle rhubarb so it’s in a single layer. Cover with foil, then roast for 15 mins. Remove foil. Give everything a little shake, roast for 5 mins more or until tender and the juices are syrupy.
Adapted from BBC Good Food
Adapted from BBC Good Food
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In Place: Encino

Not all celebrity Encino owners turn their homes into European fantasies. But the city has been known as the Bedroom of the Stars since Al Jolson was mayor in the 1930s. Movie, music and sports names have long been attracted the peace and solitude of this central Valley community set on green mountain slope just minutes from Hollywood and West LA.

Residents have included Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Ron Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Petty, John Travolta, John Wayne, Dave Grohl, Johnny Carson, Mickey Rooney, Marc Anthony and Johnny Cash. The town has a rich history as a film location, too; the town of Bedford Falls in It’s a Wonderful Life was constructed here.

The saga of the whole San Fernando Valley began in this spot. It was named Encino (“oaks”) in 1769, when Spanish explorers first ventured up the Sepulveda Pass, camping in a Gabrielino Indian village under massive oak trees. In 1985, the remains of that village were unearthed at the southeast corner of Balboa and Ventura Boulevards. More than two million artifacts were recovered.

Today, locals enjoy gorgeous drives along the ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains to the sea, and nature walks in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve — one of the few areas on the Los Angeles River specifically set aside for wildlife.

See more of Jeri Ryan’s gorgeous home in the photo gallery below. For the video tour, click here.

 

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