Growing up, we had a dear friend named Meir Jacobs, known by many as "Mickey", who worked at The Original Farmers Market in LA. He had owned a shop there called J&T Bread Bin. He was the kindest, most talented baker and he was always smiling. Our favourite things to get were his sweet and cinnamony Hungarian Bread and rich Chocolate Cigars. He had always been so generous in giving me and my sister an extra bag of delicious cookies. To this day, he continues to inspire me in his kindness and believing to do things the old fashioned way.
"This is a very old-fashioned-style bakery." ~Meir Jacob
Although we have not seen him since his store has closed, we continue to visit the Farmers Market and The Grove.
Last week, our school had a field trip to The Original Farmers Market and our docent (Maritza) taught us the Farmers Market’s history.
Did you know that way before the Farmers Market was built, it was a dairy farm?
This dairy farm and its surrounding land was owned by a man named Arthur Fremont Gilmore and in the process of digging a well to get water for the cows, he accidentally struck oil. Because of this, he decided to establish an oil company named “Gilmore Oil Company”. Then the Gilmore Oil Company became “the largest distributor of oil products west of the Mississippi”.
In 1934 during the Great Depression, two entrepreneurs asked if the Gilmore Company would like to open a Farmers Market because “Los Angeles was in fact the largest cash producing agricultural county in the nation”.
Fast forward to today, The Original Farmers Market is such a lovely place. They have a wide variety of shops where you can meet some very inspiring people, learn about their history, while having something tasty to eat. After all, variety is the spice of life.
(Smiles at Du-par's)
(Peanut Butter at Magee's)
(He is quite the regular)
After our field trip, I was able to sneak in some time to try some pastries at Dominique Ansel bakery over at The Grove. But to be honest, Mr. Mickey has a very special place in my heart and tummy.