Archive for August, 2009

Tomorrow is the deadline for the Farmers’ Market design competition, send your submissions in ASAP to be considered. Winners will be announced on September 3rd and the top 3 designs will be printed in GOOD and The Architect’s Newspaper!

It’s not too late to enter the salsa contestClick here for full details and a contest entry form.

New chefs and guests are confirmed daily.  Check here for the most up to date list of who will be joining us to celebrate the rich history of farmers’ markets in LA!

Leave your car at home and join us at the event.  City Hall is a short walk from both Union Station and the Red Line’s Civic Center station, click here to plan your trip via public transportation.


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30 Years & Growing is next Thursday, September 3! We are busy putting together a fantastic day of programming including a press conference, entertainment, contests and most importantly, good food. Confirmed guests and activities include:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, delivering remarks at a 10:30am 10:00am (new time!) press conference
Councilmember Jan Perry
Robert Tse,  Deputy Secretary of Trade Development, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture
Kurt Floren, Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner

Vance Corum, and other organizers of LA’s first farmers’ markets, including 20 original farmers and organizers from the first Gardena market

Evan Kleiman, chef/owner of Angeli Caffe and host of the weekly radio show Good Food on KCRW, will serve as emcee for the event
Jonathan Gold
, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for the LA Weekly will announce the winner of the Redesign Your Farmers Market contest (there’s still time to enter, deadline is September 1!), and serve as a Salsa Contest judge
Nancy Silverton
, chef/owner of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and co-founder of La Brea Bakery
Jeffrey Saad, chef, Spice Smuggler, and runner up on The Next Food Network Star
Jaime Martin del Campo
& Ramiro Arvisu, chefs/owners La Casita Mexicana
Mary Sue Milliken
, chef/owner Border Grill and Ciudad
Susan Feniger, chef/owner Border Grill and Ciudad and Susan Feniger’s Street
Eric Lukosky, chef, The Farmers’ Kitchen
Claude Beltran, executive chef, Noir Cafe
Kenneth McCaskill
, chef of Engine Company No. 28
Tara Thomas, chef, Traxx Restaurant
Neal and Amy Fraser, executive chef and director of operations, Grace
Michael Cimarusti, executive chef, Providence
Eric Greenspan, chef/owner, The Foundry on Melrose
Christine and Robert Moore, Little Flower Candy Co.
Ben Ford, executive chef/proprietor, Ford’s Filling Station

East & West Afghan Gourmet Foods
World Wide Produce

Urban farmers from many local programs like the Stanford Avalon Farmers in Watts, Crenshaw High School’s Eco Club, The Garden School Foundation, 24th Street Foundation, North Hollywood Farmers and more.

A Taste the Harvest booth sponsored by SEE-LA offering free samples of seasonal produce from heirloom tomatoes to stone fruit, including chef demos, to be announced.

A Salsa Contest sponsored by SEE-LA and the Arts District/Little Tokyo Farmers’ Market. View the contest rules, anyone can enter! Contest begins at 11:30am.

A booth sponsored by GOOD, The Architect’s Newspaper and edible LA focused on design solutions for local food including Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne, Homegrown Revolution; Sara Marie Paul, Ramirez Farm CSA; Mike Blockstein, Public Matters & Sharlene Gozalians, South L.A. Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) Initiative; Tara Kolla, Silver Lake Farms; and an exhibition of finalists from the Redesign Your Farmers Market contest.

A booth sponsored by Farmlab

A timeline chronicling the history of farmers’ markets in Los Angeles and graphics designed by the 30 Years & Growing team: Joseph Prichard, Michelle Park and Manuel Garcia

Free produce bags from ECOBAGS printed by Fresh Pressed

Over 40 local farmers, prepared foods and fresh food vendors as well as local artisans

And it wouldn’t be a birthday without cake! We’ll celebrate 30 years with the cutting of a carrot cake, which means free carrot cake for all attendees.

Check back often as this list is updated frequently. And we’ll see you at City Hall on September 3!

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The 30 Years and Growing event festivities will include a salsa contest.  Start harvesting your tomatoes, chopping your onions, and finding the hottest locally grown peppers.

Salsa submissions are due on the day of the event.  Full contest details can be downloaded here.

Judges will include local officials, community members, and chefs.

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As we celebrate about the past, present, and future of farmers’ markets in LA, the organizers of 30 Years and Growing invite you to submit a plan for how good design can improve upon the modern farmers’ market experience.

The contest deadline is September 1. Winners of the design competition will be announced at 30 Years and Growing, the top designs will be on display for all to see at the event.

For full contest details are online here.

This contest is brought to you by GOOD, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, and The Los Angeles Good Food Network.

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Event Flyer

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