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15 of LA’s finest chefs signed the Locally Grown Food Pledge as part of the 30th anniversary celebration. Chefs pledge to continue to buy local foods for use in their restaurants and when possible increase their local food orders. Chefs are getting local foods direct from farmers at LA’s farmers’ markets or through specialized distribution firms with local food lines.

 Cook like the pros…… buy from your local farmers’ market! 

Ben Ford signs the Locally Grown Food Pledge

Ben Ford signs the Locally Grown Food Pledge

The Los Angeles Locally Grown Good Food Pledge

We the undersigned support and encourage the use of Good Food: food that is healthy, affordable, and fairly and sustainably grown. Farmers’ Markets are an important source of Good Food and we are proud to be part of a county with the largest number of farmers’ markets in the country.

We recognize that food purchases have the power to reform the food system, sustain local family farmers and their employees, support sustainable farming practices, reward good environmental stewardship and increase access to fresh and healthy foods in the restaurant and food service environment.

By signing this pledge we declare our commitment to the growing Good Food movement and join with other concerned food consumers to provide lasting support for Good Food in our foodshed, which is from San Luis Obispo County to San Diego County and inland.

We will continue to buy and serve locally grown food in our restaurants and pledge to increase it as much as possible.

Name & Restaurant

Jaime Martin Del Campo               La Casita Mexicana

Ramiro Arvizu                                   La Casita Mexicana

Evan Kleinman                                  Angeli Caffe

Michael Cimarusti                           Providence

Nancy Silverton                               Mozza

Tara Thomas                                     Traxx

Mary Sue Milliken                           Border Grill & Ciudad

Kenneth Mc Caskill                         Engine Co. No. 28

Neal Fraser                                        Grace & BLD

Benjamin Ford                                 Ford’s Filling Station

Eric Greenspan                                The Foundry on Melrose

Paul Buchanan                                 Primal Alchemy Catering

Michael Poompan                          Renaissance Hotel-Long Beach

Eric Clkosky                                      Farmers’ Kitchen

Claud Beltran                                   Worldwide Produce & Noir Food and Wine

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The press conference with Mayor Villaraigosa has changed, it will now begin at 10:00am.  Please plan accordingly and join us for a great celebration of the past, present, and future of L.A.’s beloved farmers’ markets.

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3 Days and Counting!

What do Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilwoman Jan Perry, chef Evan Kleiman, food critic Jonathan Gold, L.A. County Ag Comissioner Kurt Floren, and you all have in common? A love of farmers’ markets, of course! Join them, and many many other food and market lovers on Thursday for 30 Years and Growing.

At 10:30 10:00 (new time!) Mayor Villaraigosa will honor the original organizers of L.A.’s first farmers’ markets at a press conference and announce the City’s plan to increase access to good food for all. Join us for this press conference and celebrate after with great food and free entertainment.

Can’t make it to Thursday’s event? Support you local farmers all year by shopping at a market near you. Eating fresh, tasty, and sustainably grown local foods is a choice you can make every single day to improve your health, the environment, and our regional economy. Learn more about the many reasons to eat locally here.

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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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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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