Saturday, November 15 - CERTIFIED Farmer’s Market DEBUTS in East Village Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting to be held Saturday, November 15, 2008
Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal, the Downtown Long Beach Associate (DLBA), and the Department of Development Services are proud to announce their partnership with Raw Inspiration to host a new weekly event – the East Village Certified Farmer’s Market.
The concept of the East Village farmers market is a cooperative effort between Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, city agencies, community based organizations, and East Village residents in an effort to improve the lives of members of the local community.
"Bringing a farmers market into the East Village will provide a healthy alternative for local residents and bring new life to this neighborhood," said Suja Lowenthal.
The new farmer’s market will be the cornerstone of the East Village’s thriving local-food scene and will be a destination for shoppers who seek out the finest in locally grown food. Shoppers will find a variety of high-quality, fresh, seasonal produce ranging from the familiar to the exotic.
"We’re excited to help bring a new element that will reinforce Downtown’s East Village as a destination and continue to build connections between this area and its surrounding neighborhoods," said Kraig Kojian, DLBA President and Chief Executive Officer.
Poised to become downtown Long Beach’s official ‘weekend city market’, the East Village Farmer’s Market of Downtown Long Beach is a year round certified farmer’s market that will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. located on 1st Street between Elm and Linden Avenues (the street will be closed to through traffic). The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the market will be held on Sat., Nov. 15, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. Free parking is available at the lot on the northeast corner of Broadway at Elm Ave. courtesy of the Department of Development Services. Shoppers are advised to leave their pets at home as animals are not allowed in the farmer’s market. For more information, please call Jemie Sae Koo, Events Coordinator, Office of Councilmember Suja Lowenthal at (562) 570-6684. To participate as a vendor, please call Raw Inspirations at 818-591-8161.
Raw Inspiration's mission is to educate children and adults on the importance of a healthy diet, especially on the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Its objectives are to give schools the means to educate children in the cultivation and harvest of organic fruits and vegetables are always eager and willing to share their knowledge in the gardens into schools program.
The Downtown Long Beach Associates is a non-profit organization operating on behalf of the property owners and tenants of the Business Improvement District. It is dedicated to the management, marketing, security, maintenance, advocacy, and economic and community development of the assessment districts in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the private sector.