By Gary Walker
Marina del Rey has officially joined a number of Westside communities in establishing an open-air market of fresh fruits and vegetables available to the public
The Marina del Rey Farmers Market will make its maiden voyage into the ever-expanding arena of offering outdoor produce and healthy choices Thursday, April 25 at the parking lot of Marina “Mothers” Beach at the corner of Admiralty and Palawan ways, the same location where the popular county-sponsored “Beach Eats” featuring a variety of gourmet food trucks were held last summer and fall.
Market organizers say it will offer fresh, healthy, locally grown organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables from certified California growers as well as prepared and packaged foods, hand-crafted products, cooking demonstrations and raffles.
Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman Carol Baker said the market will likely invite a couple of the trucks to the market each week.
“With spring comes an abundant array of fresh fruits and vegetables, and what better way to enjoy them than to purchase them directly from local growers. We also see the farmers market as a way to help build a greater sense of community here in the Marina, while also promoting healthy eating,” said Beaches and Harbors Deputy Director Gary Jones.
Items that will be sold at the market include organic strawberries, cherries, conventionally grown oranges and apples. Among the vegetables will be artichokes, kale, carrots and broccoli.
Customers at the market will also find honey, eggs, fresh juices, seafood and bakery items.
Marina del Rey joins Santa Monica, Westchester, Mar Vista, Venice, Playa Vista and Del Rey as local Westside communities with farmers markets.
“Beach Eats” will follow the farmers market, beginning at 5 p.m. to create “Tasty Thursdays” at Marina Beach.
Growers or local vendors of healthy foods who are interested in participating in the new farmers market may email Howell Tumlin of the Southland Farmers Market Association at Howell@sfma.net or call (310) 455-0181.

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