Whether it’s buying seasonal fruits and vegetables, or getting to know specific vendors and tasting their home grown delicacies, or meeting up with friends for freshly brewed coffee, farmers’ markets have become an important part of life in Los Angeles.
Now, every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents and others can enjoy the Crenshaw Christian Center Farmers’ Market, off of Vermont Ave. in the heart of South L.A. The market came about thanks to the efforts of Professor Cynthia Davis of Charles Drew University, who applied for a grant through the Federal Department of Agriculture, which provided seed money for venture.
The farmers’ market will not only strengthen community ties, but it will also increase healthy food options for local residents in an area where there is an overabundance of highly processed, sugar- infused, fast food options.
“It’s not a coincidence that South Los Angeles both lacks access to fresh produce and experiences disproportionately high rates of obesity and diet-related chronic disease,” said Sondos Islam, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor and Director of the
Urban Public Health Program at Charles Drew. “Increasing availability of fresh fruits and vegetables is a significant preventative measure to improve the health outcomes of our community and meet the demand of residents in this food desert.”
As Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.”