Earlier this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered all L.A. farmers markets to close until they could prove they could enforce social distancing practices. Just two days later, the Bureau of Street Services has approved the plans from 24 farmers markets.
The list includes markets in North Hollywood, Venice, DTLA, Sherman Oaks, Brentwood, and Larchmont. You can see the complete list here.
If your favorite market doesn’t appear on the list, it may be because it’s not in the City of Los Angeles. For example, Los Angeles wouldn’t oversee markets in Santa Monica or West Hollywood. Or, it could be your market has yet to submit plans for approval. In this evening’s news briefing, Garcetti encouraged customers to prompt the markets they frequent to do so.
Info on how to submit plans can be found here. To reopen, markets will have to implement several safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include providing one separate entry and one separate exit, posting health and safety signs, offering hand washing and sanitization stations, preventing customers from touching food, and minimizing the exchange of cash. Farmers markets are also encouraged to move orders online or for pickup. And, sadly, samples are now forbidden.
Check out that list to get your fresh produce and continue to support our local farmers. But remember to make sure to stay six feet from other shoppers, or else we might lose them again.