Monday, December 6, 2010

Help Save The Hollywood Farmers' Market!

In case you hadn't heard, the Sunday Hollywood Farmer's Market is in danger. One of the largest farmers' markets in Los Angeles County, this 20-year old market is faced with the prospect of either shrinking in size or possibly closing altogether due to a conflict with a nearby business over parking.

The LA Film School petitioned the city to "move" the market away from their parking lot, which is located on Ivar Avenue between Sunset Blvd and Selma Ave.

According to KTLA News, "That means approximately 150 vendors who sell their own products every Sunday will be displaced. Vendors will lose the more than $130,000 in income that is generated every Sunday.

And with the loss of that income, 7 other smaller farmers' markets in low income areas like Watts, Crenshaw, South Central, Echo Park, East Hollywood and Atwater Village that are supported by the Hollywood Farmers' Market could also be forced to close."

The market is run by the non-profit SEE-LA, which has not only started all of these other markets, but created the Hollywood Farmer's Kitchen.

Yesterday at the market, SEE-LA gathered thousands of signatures showing the community's support. However, if you didn't get the chance to sign their petition, and want to show your support and be kept informed of what's going on with this issue, send them an email at: to show your support.

Also, make sure to "like" the Protect the Hollywood Farmers Market Facebook page.

There is a meeting scheduled for later today between market staff and the City. Hopefully they will be able to work out a way to keep this fresh food oasis that is one of the only sources of fresh, local food in the community.