The growth of neighborhood farmers’ markets throughout Los Angeles is one sign that healthy eating and local food sourcing are really catching on in our city. To support the trend, and make it easier to establish new farmers’ markets, the City Council has proposed a new city-wide ordinance that would allow the creation of farmers’ markets in all “R” (or residential) zones. To many folks who would like more fresh local shopping options – especially where such options are limited – this is welcome news. Others, however, have noted that the ordinance as proposed doesn’t require any pre-application notice of proposed new markets to Neighborhood Councils or homeowners’ associations, or any community meetings to explore neighborhood sentiments. The ordinance also does not specify the kinds of products that could or couldn’t be sold at the markets, or quality control requirements for food items. The measure is up for discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s Land Use Committee (6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd.). Let us know what you think about this issue…or attend the meeting to learn more.
See an earlier Larchmont Buzz article on this topic: Truly Local Lettuce Coming Our Way