Chinatown to Host a Farmers' Market Beginning May 16

Weekly Market to Offer a Selection of Asian Produce In Addition

To Traditional Farmers' Market Fare

Apr 29, 2002, 01:00 ET from Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council

    LOS ANGELES, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinatown will launch a weekly
 Farmers' Market on Thursday, May 16, and become the first Chinatown in the
 nation to host this type of specialty market.
     Like other farmers' markets throughout the state, the Chinatown Farmers'
 Market will exclusively feature high-quality produce from certified growers
 and producers in California.  But, specifically for this market, many farmers
 will feature Asian produce to give the Chinatown Farmers' Market a distinctive
 "East Meets West" feel.
     In addition to finding an unprecedented selection of Asian produce for a
 farmers' market, visitors to the Chinatown Farmers' Market will be able to
 experience different aspects of Chinese culture.  Artisans will demonstrate
 different Chinese art forms, including calligraphy and knotting, and some of
 Chinatown's restaurants will offer a selection of their most popular dishes.
     According to George Yu, Executive Director of the Chinatown Business
 Improvement District (BID), the sponsor for this farmers' market, "More than
 30,000 commuters travel through Chinatown every day during the work week.  We
 hope that our Farmers' Market will give them another reason to stop in
 Chinatown on their way home from work."
     The Chinatown Farmers' Market will be held each Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
 at the public parking lot at 727 North Hill, between Alpine and Ord.  The lot
 is adjacent to the United Commercial Bank building.
     "We want the Chinatown Farmers' Market to be a showcase of what you can
 find in Chinatown, and we are looking forward to participation by the
 Chinatown community," said Yu.
     To organize this market, the Chinatown BID is working with the Southland
 Farmers' Market Association.  Many of the most popular farmers' markets in the
 area are members of the Southland Farmers' Market Association, including those
 in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Studio City and Westwood.
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SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council