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.
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.
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.
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.
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.