HEIGHTS – The farmers markets in the neighborhood are becoming increasingly popular and
Ladera Heights residents are trendy.

On Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can get a full farm box
fresh fruit and vegetables at the new Ladera Heights Farmers Market,
sponsored by the Ladera Heights Civic Association.

itself a "new kind of market", the Ladera Heights Farmers Market, a fundraiser
for the association is a collective of local providers, the fresh, locally grown,
packaged food for collection on site. Everything takes place in the driveway
At home on La Cienega Boulevard.

The residents can pre-order their farm box and pay in advance
Produce online and then just go up or start up, give their name and go
or drive away with their healthy box of goodies.

A cool neighborhood atmosphere prevails during the farmers' market
This happens as a steady stream of mask-wearing residents who look forward to seeing
cheerfully say “hello” to each other as they pick up and offer their farm crate
light jokes before they set off.

The idea of ​​a fully-fledged farmers' market came from the
smaller Ladera Heights Community-Supported Agriculture program that linked
Producers with consumers directly without intermediaries. When switching from
There was the mini market to a farmers market, the Ladera Heights Civic
The association brought the market online to Orders could then
to be given in advance.

The farmers market concept came before the pandemic, ”said Ran Craycraft.
Marketing chairman and board member of the Ladera Heights Civic Association. "The
The association carried out a survey and then we found out that the residents wanted a survey
Farmers' market in the region. Everyone asked further. We weren't sure at first and
then hit the pandemic. People didn't feel comfortable walking regularly
Grocery stores more. "

said many of the residents who feel good about helping local farmers would do so
Better buy products directly from the farm to minimize contact with others
also support their community.

“With rules for social distancing to prevent that
Spreading the corona virus, we wanted our neighbors to feel comfortable so we could
brought them the farm box, ”said Craycraft, who lived in the area
four years. “We have found a new way for our neighbors to be safe
Buy food from local suppliers with minimal exposure to others. We even have
Pick up at the roadside. "

Club can also deliver to someone's home, ”said David Oliver, President
the Ladera Heights Civic Association. "The funny part is that people can do
various recipes with the ingredients they receive and publish them on our site. "

Anyone who owns a creative custom software company called Wildebeest during the day said when
During the pandemic, the association found that the farms that took
Eating directly in restaurants, no longer had sales outlets due to the closure.

were very aware of how to present the farmers market, ”said Craycraft.
“That is why we decided on the farm box concept. The residents do not touch the products.
In fact, you can't even choose what's inside. "

Farm boxes that have nutritional preferences support California farmers and
This includes 12 weekly changing vegetables, fruits and herbs from Coachella
Valley businesses.

The farmers market is that residents pay in advance every week to get one out of two
Boxes of products of different sizes. Pre-orders must be placed by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday
Tomorrow. The market is open to members of the public who can also pay in advance or
Use credit or debit cards. No cash changes hands.

Most are within 15 minutes of opening on a Thursday
Pre-orders were picked up and there were only a few walk-in boxes
available for purchase.

Pay two different prices for products that come in a $ 30 box for two or more people
three people and a family-sized box that sells for $ 60.

are welcome. Anyone can donate food by pre-ordering a vegan and then donating
or vegetarian farm box for $ 25. All donations are made to LAX Food
Pantry on Friday morning.

Members can sell their wares at the farmers market.

in the
In addition to a farm box, locals can also buy baked goods such as chocolate chips
Cookies in Ladera Heights from Chocolate and the chip owner Lola, a
Singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, whose biscuits are sold around the clock
City, are so popular that they were snapped up within an hour.

At the
a new farmers market, personal chefs Claudio and Byron Sagastume who
They usually offer upscale food, selling their sourdough bread for $ 8 a loaf
and gave away pieces of her chocolate banana bread. The sourdough bread comes
in different flavors including garlic parmesan, poppy seeds, sesame, bagels,
Italian herb, onion and plain.

I love what we do, ”said Claudio Sagastume, Executive Sous Chef at NeueHouse.
“Because the pandemic stopped our business, we had to find a way to stay
we are busy and keep doing what we like to do. "

Carlisle took a box of products for her mother Sylvia Carlisle, who is alive
in the neighborhood. It was her first time at the farmers market.

I think it's a great idea, ”said Carlisle, a Los Angeles public defender
District. "It's a great way to support residents."

Elkins is a retired analyst at the Department of Justice. You heard about that
Farmer's market from her neighbor.

"I saw the box of the products it had," said Elkins, who has lived in Ladera Heights for 23 years. "Your box looked good. She told me to buy a box myself, so I'm here. It is the first time that we have something like this in Ladera. I think it's wonderful. I will be back."


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