A farmer’s market might not be the first thing that you think of when you think about South LA. But this region has a pretty good one.
Hey I got a joke for you guys. Where’s the best farmer’s market in South LA? Beets Me. Get it? Like beets? The vegetables?
The Crenshaw Farmers Market in South LA is operated by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, also known as SEE-LA. SEE-LA, which is a nonprofit organization that bridges food access for all Angelenos. So far, they have seven sponsored markets across the city with three in South LA.
SEE-LA opened the Crenshaw Farmers Market on November 14, 2009. It’s open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. It’s held at the rear of the mall, in the parking lot next to the Cinemark Movie Theater. You’ll find a huge selection of organic produce, natural food, and some tasty snacks—all by local farmers and vendors.
SEE-LA also has a match program where your EBT, SNAP, and WIC benefits can be stretched further at the market. It’s wise to get on this early, because they often run out of match funds before the end of the market.
South LA is considered a food desert, but this is a great organization working to fill that gap. This market, I think, is underrated, but can be helpful to local residents—and those of us who are just visiting for the day.
Nearby, on select Saturdays, you can also find the Nothing But Black Flea Market in the same parking lot, near Post & Beam and Hotville Chicken. Several local vendors sell custom and handmade merchandise, and it’s also another great way to support the local vendors in the neighborhood.
The Farmers Market and Flea market are just a few of several popup shops across South LA that you can visit. And hey, if you learned something new, leave a comment down below.