LA Farmers Feeding the Local Restaurant Scene

In the past 10 years, the number of farmers markets in the U.S. has grown significantly — from 3,706 in 2004 to nearly 8,300 in 2014, according to the USDA. Of course, this rise comes from consumers’ increasing demand of accessibility to local products. Because the nature of the fare is dependent on regional conditions and availability, it’s not uncommon for farmers’ markets to vary greatly in selection from the northeast to the midwest to the west coast.

In this “On Foodable Side Dish,” brought to you by the Foodable Network, we explore the Mar Vista Farmers Market in Mar Vista, Calif., a highly diverse neighborhood in west LA. Every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., consumers, chefs, and operators (including those of food trucks) pop in to feed business to these local vendors, including Elser’s Country Farm, Fresno Evergreen, Kane’s Family Farm, Avila and Sons Farms, and Weiser Family Farms.

Get to know the vendors in this market, how they’re appealing to LA consumers' tastes, and learn how directly these small businesses are impacting the local restaurant scene.