|Atwater Village Farmer's Market
|June 2005 - More than a hundred years ago, Atwater Village was an agricultural oasis growing strawberries and fruit and nut trees in the
most fertile soil near the Los Angeles River. On June 19th, Atwater Village will have a new farmers' market. Located on the Wells Fargo
Bank Parking Lot at 3250 Glendale Boulevard, the Atwater Village Farmers' Market will be open every Sunday, rain or shine, from 10:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. The market will serve near-by communities of Silverlake, Los Feliz, Glendale, and Glassell Park.
Opening day festivities was held on June 19 and include a carrot-cutting ceremony, opening remarks from Council District 13, local bands
Let's Go Sailing and The Wimbledons, local DJ Josh Littman, the Atwater Elementary School Drill Team, and Aimee Art Productions
Children's Dance Troupe.
"I can't wait to pick up some produce at our brand-new farmers' market in Atwater Village," said Councilmember Garcetti, who has worked
with SEE-LA to fund and site the new market. "It's a privilege to welcome SEE-LA to yet another market location in the 13th council district.
In addition to providing the residents of Atwater Village with a space to meet each other and add a nutritious and affordable dimension to
their families' diets, SEE-LA continues to offer outstanding programs and classes. I join Atwater Village in extending a hearty welcome."
"Atwater Village Farmers' Market is the culmination of community efforts made by Councilmember Garcetti's office, the Atwater Village
Neighborhood Council and Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA).", said Pompea Smith, CEO of SEE-LA, the
nonprofit operator of five markets in Los Angeles County, including the 2 year-old Central Avenue Farmers' Market and the 14-year-old
Hollywood Farmers' Market.
Atwater Village Farmers' Market shoppers will buy direct from California farmers their fresh produce, nuts, honey and flowers. Right now,
lots of varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, melons, oranges, eggplants, tomatoes, and summer squash are at peak season! The
market will accept both EBT and Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC) coupons.
Too many Los Angeles county residents eat less than the recommended five servings a day of fruits and vegetables. The results of this
trend leads to higher incidences of diet-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, especially among the
lower income communities. This knowledge led to SEE-LA's creation of their Farm to Table program, informing families of the benefits of
eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. SEE-LA also brings farmers to teach in classrooms, cooking and nutrition classes using
farmer-direct produce to limited-income neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. Institutional buying and community-supported agriculture
programs will be launched this year.
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