Last minute gift finds at local Farmers Markets

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If you’re still looking for hostess or holiday gifts and the thought of entering another mall is simply overwhelming, check out your local farmers’ market for gift ideas. Most have vendors selling unique clothing, crafts, jewelry, teas, soaps, jams, olive oils and a variety of condiments.  We took a trip to the Studio City Farmers Market this past Sunday to see some of the choices.  Make sure to check out the list below to find a Farmers Market — from Burbank to Calabasas — there’s one near you.

A real homegrown highlight is Michael Wells’ Cattle Headquarters situated on the eastern end of Ventura Place. Wells was a graphic designer with museum store experience before starting his business 20 years ago.  Inspired by flour and feed sacks from the 1930s, Wells creates and carries 46 kitschy, vintage-look designs available on T-shirts ($17), aprons for adults and kids ($15-$26), towels ($8), tablecloths ($24), pillowcases (2 for $26).  Wrangle your family to dinner with a Chuckwagon Cow Bell ($19) and cook up the grub with original western cookbooks ($9-$20). Email: (818) 636-8286


Michael Wells' Cattle Headquarters. Photos: Karen Young

Marie Lewis’ Whimsy Ranch has been a staple at the market for a decade. Inspired by children’s books, animation and vibrant colors Her designs are handmade one piece at a time. Lewis says that all appliques on the newly crafted designs are made using either hand stamped appliques, recycled vintage bedspreads, curtains, aprons or other unique textiles from the past to create a one of a kind whimsical story. Little girls will feel like sugar plum fairies in her leotard tutus ($35). Or purchase the tutu solo ($25).  Also check out pants ($25) and tees ($20) for boys and girls. Size 6-12 months through size 8. email (818) 807-7206


Marie Lewis' Whimsy Ranch. Photos: Karen Young

Another long time vendor  at the market is Pearls Plus by Susie.  She carries a treasure trove of costume jewelry and pieces with semi-precious stones.  Most popular this season is a 60” wire wrap chain with semi-precious stones that can worn as a necklace or wrapped as a bracelet ($75).  Also, check out an abundant display of earrings, bangles, beads and lots of CZ bling. (818) 508-8250.

Pearls Plus. Photos: Karen Young

Pearls Plus by Susie. Photos: Karen Young

Need a hostess gift?  Check out Uncle Berch’s Foods.  Owner Russ Mitchel makes his own homemade line of jams and jellies with his cousin Jimmie on the label ($8-$16). Check out the Chipolte Pepper Jam or the Mango Habenero. Mitchel also carries olive oils from local vineyards in Santa Ynez,  as well as from Italy, Israel and other countries. A do-not-miss is the 25 year old Heirloom Balsamic Vinegar ($15-30). It is full-bodied and concentrated with a woody and slightly sweet taste. Email:  (818) 434-3840

Uncle Berch's. Photos: Karen Young

Uncle Berch's. Photos: Karen Young

Mark & Stephens Handcrafted jams and mustards is another excellent gourmet gift. There are eight varieties of marmalades and jams: Pomegranate Cabernet, Boysenberry Lime, Blood Orange Cognac, Meyer Lemon Ginger, Plum Nectarine, Raspberry Pineapple, Carmelized Onion and Apple, and Strawberry Mango.  Five varieties of mustards include: Wasabi Lime, Horseradish, Lemon Dill, Ancho Chili Jalapeno, and Hot and Sweet.  ($7 for one, 3 for $19).


Mark & Stephens. Photos: Karen Young

Lynda Stenhouse makes 100% handcrafted jewelry out of semi-precious stones, knotted silk cord, 14K gold and sterling silver. Choose one of her creations on display or let her know what you are looking for and she can custom create one for you.  Do you have an heirloom family watch or a watch face you just love?  Bring it to Lynda and she will transform it into a beautiful long necklace accompanied by semi-precious stones.  Earrings $24-$140; Necklaces $22-$500. Lynda Stenhouse (818) 205 -3982. Located on the west side of the market near Laurel Canyon. Email:


Lynda Stenhouse Jewelry. Photos: Karen Young

Give a small child a swing of their own. Just spotted for the first time, we hope they’ll be back. If not, contact them below. North Hollywood craftsman Clark Edwards hand makes children’s swings out of pine and Douglas fir.  $100 unfinished, $150 stained, name engraving $30, delivery $20. Contact: (818) 399-8690


Left: Clark Edwards' swings. Right: Fresh flowers. Photos: Karen Young

How about some flowers…orchids can last a good long time, and poinsettias, tis the season…

Studio City Farmers Market Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 12000 Ventura Pl,  Studio City, CA 91604   818-655-7744

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.. Open all year.
N 3rd St and E Orange Grove Ave,  Burbank, CA 91502
818 847-4774

Every Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
23504 Calabasas Rd,  Calabasas, CA 91302
818 591-8161

Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Victory Blvd at White Oak Ave,  Encino, CA 91316
818 708-6611

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
E Wilson Ave at E Broadway,  Glendale, CA 91205
818 548-3155

North Hills
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nordhoff St at Haskell Ave,  North Hills, CA 91343
818 929-8712

Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April – October
Tampa Ave at Plummer St,  Northridge, CA 91324
805 643-6458

Every Sunday 8:00 a.m. to noon.
19130 Ventura Blvd,  Tarzana, CA 91356
818 591-8161

Toluca Lake
Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
4500 N Sancola Ave,  Toluca Lake, CA 91602   Map
818 845-0754

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