There are numerous options for people who want to buy food in the Los Angeles area. One particular popular market in the Beverly Hills community is the Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market. Dozens of local farmers gather in stands to sell their freshly cultivated products to customers. There are various reasons to support local community farmer’s markets. The vegetables and fruits sold are the freshest possible, with the highest concentration of nutrients because the products on farmer’s markets do not go through shipping, gassing processes, or idleness in storage. In addition, purchasing local foodstuffs saves the economic and environmental costs of transportation, which uses lots of fossil fuels that emit pollution. Using farmer’s markets also stimulates the local economy.
Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market is open outdoors weekly, on Sundays from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M near the Beverly Hills Public Library. The market has everything one would expect farmers to grow: tomatoes, corns, potatoes, sweet potatoes. However, not everything sold is just vegetables and fruits. Farmers also sell cooked food, such as kimchi and pickles made from the crops they grow. I have always imagined farmer’s markets to be places for parents to go grocery shopping, but the farmers offer lots of choices, such as crêpes, for people who want to hang out with their friends as well.
The farmers also sometimes hold special events. On the 2nd Sunday of each month, they host an event called “Cookin’ Kids”, where they teach young children how to cook food (one example is the persimmon & herb stuffing) using the fresh vegetables. On August every year, one can compete in a contest called “PickleFest” in which the contestants compete to make the best pickle. The festival offers family-friendly entertainment. With a wide array of healthy choice of food and fun events, the Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market will remain a go-to choice for friend and family fun every weekend.