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Farmer’s Market Update and Seen on Larchmont

Larchmont Farmers Market is open but there are fewer vendors to create more space for social distancing. Construction of the new playground in part of the Larchmont parking lot space has been delayed two weeks.

First, in case you were wondering, construction on the Larchmont playground has been postponed for two weeks from the proposed start date of April 1. The revised schedule was provided by staff in Councilmember David Ryu’s office when we checked in last week. Given the Mayor’s “Safer-At-Home” orders, it seems likely to be delayed even further, so we will keep checking with CD4.

At a telephonic community meeting on the playground project, held earlier this month, Ryu said he would proceed with the playground since the project does not threaten the Farmers Market. He said the market can stay in its current location before,  during and after construction of the playground, without losing any vendors. Ryu explained at that time that he has worked out a new configuration, with a “larger footprint for the Farmers Market on Larchmont Blvd., with more booths on the street and sidewalks immediately adjacent to the parking lot.”

The second piece of important Larchmont Farmers Market-related information is that the market is still operating on Sundays in the city parking lot, but with reduced vendors and adjustments in spacing to permit greater social distancing. We’ve been there the last three weeks and have noticed that changes are continuing to be made in an effort to comply with social distancing and county health department orders. If you are comfortable shopping, please do support the farmers and other vendors. We noticed a lot more people wearing masks (more on that in another story soon) and gloves. There are are also lots of reminders to wash everything carefully before eating any of the produce. That’s a good practice to follow in general, but even more so now.

Signs are posted to remind everyone to follow the rules and keep their distance.
Vendors with prepared foods were lined up along the back of the market. Some offered pick up in another location at the market, some would deliver to your door.
The pickup location for tamales was just outside the market.

Finally, we noticed some signs on Larchmont that we thought we’d share for those of you who have been staying home.  (Just to be clear, gathering news is considered an “essential service,” so we are technically exempt from the orders, but we are still staying home and only leaving to go to the market or pick up a takeout order from one of local businesses.)

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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