This Sunday, a new farmers market is springing up in Downtown's Historic Core, on Fifth Street between Spring and Broadway. This will be Downtown's fifth farmers market, but the first suited to weekends, L.A. Downtown News notes, offering working stiffs in the neighborhood the chance to peruse roughly 20 vendors, organized with help from Southland Farmers Market Association, launch organizers of markets in Santa Monica and Hollywood.
Currently, Downtown's Chinatown is being racked by major protests against a forthcoming Walmart location that will specialize in produce, perhaps a big box counterpoint to this new market which aims to balance both high-end and approachable products to benefit the neighborhood at large.
Organizers announce that 80% of the markets' vendors will be certified producers and growers, while a call for additional vendors is still ongoing. LADTN reminds us that the owners behind The Alexandria Hotel tried to implement a similar Sunday market last year but were stymied by the cost, calling it quits after three weeks. With participation from SFMA, the pressure is expected to ease.
The Historic Core's Sunday market runs from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Fifth Street.