This new certified farmers’ market brings good food, real farmers (some whose farms Slow Food has toured), and live music every Thursday to the shady, green place that is Vets Garden. About 1,000 shoppers attend each week to see the market grow and see what has been added each week.
Open year-round, with summer hours of 1:00 to 7:00pm and fall/winter hours of noon to 6:00pm, this market is a re-creation of the market that operated in Westwood village for many years (but that has now been closed for many months). The manager of this new market was the organizer (though not the manager) of the now-closed village market.
The Westwood market features seasonal, fresh produce of farmers from throughout southern and central California. Fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, cider, cheese, butter, grass-fed bison, plants, bonsai, flowers, dried fruit, bread, olive oil, balsamic vinegars, cookies, pies, other sweets and much more are available. In addition, there are a growing number of hot food providers arranged around the picnic tables under the “music tree” where there is weekly live music from local musicians. The Market is certified by the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner. The Parrot Sanctuary–a new rehabilitation project for abused birds–is coming soon and will be part of a therapy project for veterans. We’re sure it will also make an interesting stop for market visitors!
Vets Garden is a tree-filled oasis that provides a rehabilitation program for America’s veterans. L.A.’s only “Market in the Garden” hosts only food and farm produce, except during a variety of festivals such as the Kitchen and Cooking Gala on November 9th. The market is a little hard to find, although once you’re there, the Veterans Affairs property has allowed the market to take advantage of their ample–and free–parking. The most direct entrance to the market is off Sepulveda (just one long block North of Wilshire). Turn under the 405 freeway at Constitution Avenue (across from the National Cemetery), then turn right at UCLA baseball’s Jackie Robinson Stadium (Davis Rd.). You can also enter from Wilshire or San Vicente and follow the “farmers market” signs.
For a map and more information, visit the market website, call 310.861.8188, or email info [at] westwoodfarmersmarket [dot] com. Summer hours continue for another two weeks, at which time the fall/winter hours, noted above, will take effect.