you can find at our
California Fall & Winter Harvest ~
Pink Lady, Gala, Red Delicious, and more
• Blueberries -
California coast grown
• And more...
see the Seasonal Chef for all fruit
• Avocados -
Has, Reed, Fuerte, and more
• Beans - Blue
Lake, Haricot Vert, and Chinese Long beans
see the Seasonal Chef for all vegetables
• Bells of Ireland
• Gerber Daisies
• Oriental Lilies
• Pom Pom Daisies
• Sun Flowers - Teady Bear, Red Sun, and Good Old Yellow
of the produce at "Certified Farmers' Markets" is
grown in California. It is brought to the market by the farmers
that harvest it or by employees of the farm. Many of the produce varieties
can be found as Certified Organic options!
about the origins of Farmers’ Market produce
caught ocean fish
raised shell fish: abalone, oysters, scallops and clams
-- lab tested to exceed government standards
• fresh fruit cobbler
• delicious home-style
• many types artisan bread
• granola, California gouda cheese
pasta and ravioli
• a bonanza of fresh humus and dips to choose from
and almond butter
• California natural honey
TO DESTINATION GREEN EVENTS!
A Festive Shade of Green
farmers' markets are as festive as they are healthy and green - offering
weekly events that families can enjoy together or where busy professionals
can dart through for fresh additions to tonight's dinner. Ballad
strumming bards, a jazz trio, certified dietitians, and an exercise
trainer are some of the folks who help keep the markets poppin'.
city blocks play host to the fresh, locally produced foods and offer
a place to stretch your legs, maybe even a chance make some new friends.
So whether it's a quick stop at the market on your way home from work
to get your favorite heirloom tomatoes, or it's a leisurely afternoon
of shopping while the kids dive into 'eco-friendly play-dough',
your stop at the market is going to be a fresh and an environmentally
aware piece of the day.
All of the fresh
fruits, vegetables and flowers at Certified Farmers' Markets are grown
in California. This network of California Department of Agriculture
endorsed venues has significantly shortened the path from farmers to
consumers. The shorter the path the less
resources it takes to get the food to your table.
community markets also play a vital roll in protecting California
farmland and farm jobs. Farmers' market shopping is really simple way
to help reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance
food transportation. The consumer is guaranteed to be taking home
fresh produce, that is vine ripened to its nutritional peak and in
season with the regional environment.
bonds between people that give them a sense of community are
not forged only at the table, but the whole process of putting
food there. Meaningful feeling is built up from small relationships
-- such as the one with the baker; you go down to the bakery
and say hello and buy your bread. Repeated contact makes people
become sympathetic to one another's situations and lives. The
bonds that are formed create an atmosphere of caring and sharing."
Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, in a letter to President Clinton.
each of our farmers' market events, we try to reflect the distinct
tastes and moods of the host community. Because we value expression
of community and neighborhood pride, we invite local groups and organizations
to participate alongside our farmers. You're likely to see the
City Fire Department discussing safety measures or a group of moms
simply raising funds for an upcoming field trip.
Food & Specialty Items
markets offer a hand-selected variety of So Cal and LA area produced
goods, along with a small amount of unique imports. The emphasis is
always on what is produced locally; most of what you will find at our
markets is grown or made within two-hundred miles,
much of it right here in LA. We also like to give local artists and
craftspeople opportunities to find an appreciative home audience.
• DGE offers a reward system for
with reusable or recycled bags. To emphasize the ease
of reusable bags we offer new customers a complimentary Earth Wise
Bag. It's our goal to cut back plastic bag consumption
by 50% at farmers' markets in the next two years. People
who use their
own bags will receive an ongoing 10% discount on every purchase at
to spot recycling bins are placed throughout our market-events.
leftover plant and food material is a practice that brings our market-events
even closer to being a zero refuse business. Usually a member from
a local garden picks up the plant material at the end of the day,
or a farmer just takes it back to the farm's compost pile to break
down into a future batch of organic fertilizer.
encourages our customers to use alternative transportation methods
to get to the farmers' market when possible. Bicycle commuting or
even a leisurely walk to the market is a terrific choice! We offer
real incentives for all those who can leave the car behind from time
to time. Carry our "Green Path Card" and earn points-to-spend
each time you shop car free. Complimentary air and water for cyclists
is always available.
eating and echo-friendly lifestyles begin with the selection of locally
produced foods. DGE helps make these choices easier and understandable
for the entire family. One way we go about this is to work with Growing
Great, a childrens' nutrition organization. Our team provides seasonal
fresh fruits and vegetables for classroom workshops and they present
mini-courses about the benefits of theses foods. Together we launched
a pilot program in the Culver City School district this year, and we
hope reach more classrooms in 2008.