A new farmers market for Downtown LA’s Historic Core began its first day of business yesterday on Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Held on 5th Street between Broadway and Spring (closed to traffic), about 15 different vendors lined both sides of the street selling most of the things you would expect at a farmers market, such as fruits, vegetables, honey, flowers, and other prepared foods. There was even an organic produce section.
According to Blair Besten, the Executive Director of the Historic BID – the non-profit that pushed hard for the new farmers market to happen in the Historic Core — “Initial estimates are into the thousands of attendees…no tally yet on sales but we exceeded expectations!”
Although the new farmers market in the Historic Core had a modest presence of vendors on its first day, Besten reminds us all, and especially the potential critics, that “it is helpful to remember that the Hollywood Farmers Market opened with 14 growers, and is today the largest market in Southern California.”
With over 150 vendors, the caliber and variety of products offered at the Hollywood Farmers Market is definitely something I want Downtown LA’s Historic Core to aspire to. Today, Hollywood Farmers Market sells “a variety of fresh California-grown fruits and vegetables, and other wares such as honey, fish, free-range poultry & eggs, meats, cheeses, olives, mushrooms, jams, jellies, fruit juices, sauces, dried fruit and nuts, espresso, ethnic foods prepared on premises, hot pancakes, bread, biscuits, clothes, jewelry, gifts and more.”
Besten said it best: “It’s one thing to bring it here…it’s up to all of us to keep it here.”
Thank you to downtown resident Alan J House for taking these pictures.