Sunday, August 06, 2006

Mar Vista Farmers Market Kickoff

This morning was the very first Mar Vista Farmers Market. It is going to be held every Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM on Grand View Blvd just south of Venice Blvd. Like other farmers markets, they had stands selling organically grown produce. Vendors were also selling Mexican food, crepes, and desserts. The desserts were sold by the two woman who run Hotcakes Bakes, the French bakery around the corner from me.

I went to the farmers market just after finishing breakfast with some friends at Pepe's Galley, an old-school diner within the Mar Vista Lanes bowling ally. I got there just as Bill Rosendahl was presenting a $100,000 check to the Mar Vista Community Council which would go toward beautifying Venice Blvd. I'm glad to see some effort put into making the Mar Vista "main street" a little bit nicer. I think it has a lot of potential.

While leaving the farmers market, a guy from Soaptopia, a soap vendor on Venice Blvd., handed us a free soap sample. We decided to walk down to Soaptopia to see what else they sold. There was a sign inside the store saying that all their stuff was made locally in their kitchen in Venice, California. I asked the guy behind the counter where their kitchen in Venice was. He said, "right here in this store". It is amazing how many people have no idea where they are in LA. This store was clearly in Mar Vista and not in Venice. For some reason I refrained from correcting the guy as I normally would. I was hoping my apparent confusion would be a hint for him.

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