Parking or vegetables? Hollywood Farmers Market in jeopardy

Save The Hollywood Farmers' Market

When I wrote recently about my favorite things to do in L.A. one of my readers reminded me how I love the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. Its true, I do, I really do! It’s a Sunday market and I work Sundays, but whenever I have a chance of a Sunday off, Mr F knows, whatever we do has to include the Hollywood Farmers Market.

hollywood-farmers-market-1.jpg

It’s the largest direct-to-consumer-open-air street market in the city and in the past nineteen years, about 90 farmers, 30 artisans, and about 30 bakeries and prepared food vendors have sold local California produce to about 10,000 shoppers each week, and it’s so successful it generates enough money for SEE-LA to run nutrition classes and operate farmers’ markets in low income areas of the city.

carrots

As far as I’m concerned it’s my favorite market not only because of the great fresh local fruit and vegetables, flowers, and plants, but I love   the street musicians, great bakeries, the delicious foods like papoosas which are freshly made as you wait, and as it’s between Sunset and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, just west of Vine, Hollywood celebrities and homeless people shop side by side, so you end up not knowing what, or who to look at first.

fresh garbanzo beans

Sue's bunch of fresh garbanza beans

Which is why Mr F and I, along with thousands of others, were shocked to learn that at the moment, the market only has a temporary permit, which will allow it to continue operating until early January.

Why? After twenty years?

The L.A. Film School. It doesn’t want the Market to operate on Ivar street outside their building (even though it’s closed on a Sunday) because they claim their students need access to the 120 rooftop parking spaces in the garage, and say they aren’t technically petitioning to shut down the market, they just want to “modify its footprint” by forcing it to be cut in half or to move to another location.

radishes and peppers (photo credit C. Fox)

The Market feels that losing that portion of Ivar street will result in about a third of the vendors losing their livelihood, and insist it can’t be reconfigured within the existing neighborhood without multiple ramifications – including possibily closing it down.

zucchinis

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8 Responses to Parking or vegetables? Hollywood Farmers Market in jeopardy

  1. Corilee says:

    I have never seen fresh garbanzo beans. thanks for sharing!

  2. dearrosie says:

    One of my readers emailed this to me:

    “As with most things, it’s about the money: The well-endowed and sketchily credible LA Film School could link one of it’s parking structures to the other by breaking through a dividing wall, but rather than go to that expense they’d prefer the street be cleared of market activity (in case any eager students want to park there between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm on Sundays), and make 120 more parking spaces available, 120 more than the 600 existing spaces that can be accessed 24/7.

    The whole gerfuffle arises because the application for permit by SEE-LA is up for renewal in a few weeks, and someone working for the film school has been watching the clock count down. (Currently and for the next year LA Film School has no classes on Sundays).”

  3. E fullstop says:

    It appears that a deal has been brokered which will allow the farmers’ market to remain in its current location and the LA Film School to access its parking. Details are expected to be released tomorrow. An interview with Councilmember and President Eric Garcetti about the peace deal aired on Which Way, LA? today.

    Hollywood is lucky to be represented by the level-headed and capable Garcetti. Once we hear confirmation that the deal has gone through, I hope that Angelinos (both those living in Council District 13 and those living elsewhere) will take a minute to send an email or make a call to CD 13 to say thanks.

    (213) 473-7013
    councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org

    • dearrosie says:

      Thanks so much for the update e. We heard the end of the interview on “Which Way, LA” and now you’ve given us the link we can all listen to it.

      I just looked through the L.A. Times to find their article but there isn’t one! I did see that the director Blake Edwards has died, the L.A. Zoo elephants moved into their new home, and that the 7.2 earthquake in Mexicali on Easter Sunday has directed tectonic stress towards us in S. Ca…

  4. boris says:

    “Public Outcry Wins 90-Day Extension for Hollywood Farmers’ Market!”
    City establishes process to resolve street closure issue after outpouring of public support for Hollywood Farmers’ Market

    and this statement from the Hollywood Farmers’ Market 12/17/2010:

    We would like to convey our sincerest thanks to all of our supporters who called or emailed Council President Garcetti this week to voice their concern over the Hollywood Farmers’ Market’s street closure situation. Council President Garcetti himself told our representatives on Thursday that his office received over 1000 email messages and phone calls supporting the Hollywood Farmers’ Market — an astonishing response in less than 24 hours after we asked you to lend your voices to our struggle. Thank you for your support. Although we are encouraged by the progress made so far, we need to remain steadfast in our commitment to our principles, and ready to demonstrate that commitment again if needed. Please stay ready should we need to again show our resolve to keep the market the unique community experience it is.

  5. dearrosie says:

    Carl wrote a comment on another post, and included this link to a New York Times article and videos
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/us/25farmers.html?hp

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