By Tracy Little
Hollywood & Lloyd Farmers Markets board member
April showers bring May flowers and kick off another summer season at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Summer season starts on Saturday, May 3. To celebrate the new season, we’ll have cooking demos throughout the day as well as live music and face painting.
For the first 200 customers, we’ll be giving away a free plant start from one of our vendors. Come by the information booth after 8 a.m. on May 3 to pick up your plant start while supplies last. This season we’re continuing our kids’ programs with a series of kids’ cooking demos. Joanna Sooper from Turnip the Heat cooking school will be at the Market once a month starting in May. Each month she’ll be leading our “market sprouts” (all our young customers, that is) in cooking demos featuring a particular vegetable or fruit. All demos are free. Demos will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The schedule for the 2014 Kids Cooking Demos:
May 21: Salad Greens
June 21: Strawberries
July 12: Peas and Carrots
August 9: Peaches
September 13: Tomatoes
You can learn more about Joanna and her cooking classes at turniptheheat.com We are looking forward to welcoming back many of our returning farmers and vendors to the Market and we’re excited to introduce you to some new ones.
Some of our new vendors to the Market this year are: Nightlight Farm, with sustainably grown specialty microgreens; Mariam Foods, with Ethiopian-inspired vegan and gluten-free dips; and Kelly’s Jelly, with award winning handmade jams and jellies. The complete list of vendors is on our website, hollywoodfarmersmarket.org. Lastly, are you looking for a way to show your love for the Market? It is not too late to volunteer this summer. Stop by the information booth anytime to get information on all of our volunteer opportunities. We would love to have you join us!
The Hollywood Farmers Market is located on Northeast Hancock Street between 44th and 45th avenues, one block south of Sandy Boulevard. It is open every Saturday from May through Thanksgiving and the first and third Saturdays from December through April. Market hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. from May to September and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from October to April. Dogs are welcome in the market after 10 a.m. For more information, visit hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.