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Farmers Market Sprouts in Del Rey

Market approved on Thursday, and should open in about a month.

Del Rey residents will soon be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in the neighborhood.

The Del Rey Neighborhood Council on Thursday approved establishing a farmers market at on Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m., although the time and day of week could be changed if necessary. Helen Lee, who owns several farmers market throughout Los Angeles, would manage the market.

“I don’t want to turn the park into a farmers market, I want the farmers market to become part of the park,” she said.

Lee said she chose Friday because of the competition from other farmers markets on weekends, and the availability of farmers. But, if necessary, with input from the community, she would move the location and time of the market.

“All my markets, I’ve moved at least once,” Lee said.

Lee, who grew up in Los Feliz, currently runs farmers markets in Los Feliz, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

The Del Rey market will be located on the strip of grass between the playground and Glencoe Avenue, and the playground and the dog area will be left unobstructed during market hours. No street parking or sidewalks will be blocked.

“I am a huge supported of the market, and I love the idea that it will be called the Del Rey farmers market,” said Chelsea McFarland, co-founder of a Honey Love, a honeybee conservation organization.

Although some residents were concerned with parking and traffic around the market, most spoke in favor of it.

“I buy a lot of food at farmers markets, it tastes better and lasts a lot longer,” said Frank Sanford, a Del Rey Neighborhood council member. “It also brings the community together.”

While some vendors will sell organic produce, Lee said that it is very difficult to secure an all-organic farmers market. The market could open by mid-July.

Keith Lambert June 15, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Like it. However... I'm very skeptical of the location choice under the trees. Needs to be moved to the Alla Rd side of the park! Not really in need of the shade. Most of the vendors want to set up a Tent anyway. AND those trees have roots the make TRIP HAZARDS in that area. Cool if we get more healthy food sources. Local Grown is nice. Hope that the prices are good, My 2 cents. KL
Karen C. June 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM
sounds good.
Dominadora June 18, 2012 at 09:46 PM
This is very exciting. I buy 90% of my food from our local Farmers Markets. It will be great not to have to get into a car to get my produce.
Susan M. Ottalini June 24, 2012 at 07:02 PM
What dog area? the park is not an off leash park altho we have been begging for YEARS for that!
anna July 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM
where we can contact the farmer market management to apply as a food supply?
David Carini (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Anna, you can contact Helen Lee at hlee@cmdhd.org
Jolyne Chacon July 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Happy to have a farmers market close to home. I wish it started earlier so I could go on my lunch break. Also,I'm concerned tents and traffic will destroy the park's grass. Dogs are often are running around at this park. Parking is a problem already, there is no parking lot and you are only allowed to park on one side on Glencoe.

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