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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact Information: 

Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer

City of Lynwood Public Relations Department

Cell: 310.387.6639

Office: 310.603.0220 ext. 502 

                                                                                                                                    July 17, 2013

 

Lynwood Farmers Market

Outdoor Market Brings Residents Fresh Produce, Baked Goods, Handmade Crafts and More

Every Thursday,  July 18 - August 29, 2013

 

LYNWOOD, CA – More than 400 residents and passers-by were treated to something wonderful last Thursday, as the City’s Community Development Department launched its long-awaited Lynwood Farmers Market this month at Yvonne Burke-Ham Park for the first time in more than 10 years.

 

Set to take place every Thursday through August 29, the City’s Farmers Markets are scheduled to take place in conjunction with the City’s Recreation and Community Services Department’s Movies at the Park Series, which also take place at Yvonne Burke-Ham Park on Thursdays this summer. The Farmers Market, however, takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. While moviegoers wait for the movie to start at 7:45 p.m., they can shop and peruse through the Farmers Market, which will be set up in the park’s parking lot.

 

Farmers Markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farms, organic food growers and local, healthy food vendors who want the communities they serve to not only eat healthier, but to get to know them in a more natural and informal setting. From the traditional ‘mercados’ in the Peruvian Andes to the unique street markets in Asia, vendors all over the world gather weekly to sell their foods directly to the public. Farmers Markets typically consist of booths, tables or stands, outdoors or indoors, where vendors sell fruits, vegetables, meats, and sometimes prepared foods and beverages.

 

Farmers Markets add value to communities. Spearheaded by the City’s Community Development Department, the Farmers Market was approved by the City Council as a pilot program in May, and if it goes well, and if the community supports it, the Farmers Market can become a regular event in the City. The Farmers Market was created to provide an avenue for local business exposure while giving residents a variety of healthy foods, both raw and prepared, to eat and enjoy outdoors. There will be a total of 7 Farmers Market events through August 29.

 

The Farmers Market will provide multiple benefits to the community, including recreational opportunities, access to healthy food options, and it will compliment the City’s efforts to encourage healthy, active lifestyles in Lynwood as part of its participation in the state-wide Healthy Cities Initiative.

 

The City of Lynwood’s Farmers Market is free and open to the public. Yvonne Burke/Ham Park is located at 11832 Atlantic Ave., Lynwood, CA 90262. For more information or for vendor opportunities, call Regina Brooks at (310) 603-0220 Ext. 254.

 

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