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Grand Opening: Del Rey Farmers Market

The Del Rey farmers market kicked off today in Glen Alla Park.

Residents picked out fresh fruits and vegetables on Friday at the grand opening of the Del Rey farmers market.

About 10 vendors displayed their produce, prepared food and products at Glen Alla Park. And by next week, the vendors are expected to double.

Although the farmers market was originally scheduled to begin on Aug. 3, Helen Lee, the owner of several farmers markets, decided to hold a soft opening on Friday.

“I want to give all the vendors a chance to make money, and I’ll invite more farmers as demand grows,” Lee said.

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

The Del Rey farmers market is located on the strip of grass between the playground and Glencoe Avenue.

“This is my first time at any farmers market,” said Vin Low, a Del Rey resident and retired City of Los Angeles employee. “I walk by the park all the time, and growing plants is my hobby.”

Low, with the help of her son, sells succulents that she grows as a hobby.

The farmers market will run on Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m., and in addition to food, it will also feature live music.

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Susan M. Ottalini July 28, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Actually, this was the "soft" opening of the market, according to Eric DeSobe from the Del Rey Neighborhood Council. The REAL Grand Opening is NEXT friday and they expect to have many many more vendors. 2-7p with a Jazz Band!
Susan M. Ottalini July 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
And, Thank you to Helen Lee for organizing such a great group of Vendors. I especially enjoyed the Crepes!
Jason h August 04, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Great except its really only for retired and non working people or maybe teachers. Who can get there by 7 on a Friday. Want to do something for the community? Move it to Saturday when most people, including working class, can get there. Additionally more families are there on saturdays
Marilyn Mandel August 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
great to have an outdoor option that's walking distance.. no matter what. will happily support it!
Susan M. Ottalini August 04, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Jason, I hear you...fortunately for you there are many other markets now open on the weekend... if you check out this website, you can find many. http://projects.latimes.com/farmers-markets/filter/day/6/
Susan M. Ottalini August 04, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Here is another link to info on the one on Saturday at Playa Vista. http://projects.latimes.com/farmers-markets/markets/playa-vista-saturday/
Elizabeth Esquivias September 06, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I love that it's held on Fridays! I can go there for lunch (I work on Glencoe), pick up yummy things for the weekend, and its great that its from 2-7. Win, Win, Win!!!!
LaVonne Co December 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I love that it is on fridays. Please leave it on Fridays. I have to work on Saturdays and besides so many other Farmers Mkts on Saturday ie: Santa Monica BIG one on Wed. and Sat. Thnx for having this Farmers Mkt available! LaVonne
Adam Strong February 04, 2013 at 05:13 AM
I enjoy this market however I was little perturbed on how its ran I was shocked on the unprofessionalism of the owner. The owner leaves the vendors in the dark after the market has closed. It very dark and dangerous and plus some vendors have left the market because of the manager demeanor. I would like to see this market grow just how the neighborhood is growing.

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