By ADRIANA PALOMINOS
Although it began with a large number of produce vendors, including several organic farmers, the market no longer offers a variety of produce, nor does it appear to attract big crowds. In contrast, markets thrive in nearby communities, such as downtown and East Los Angeles, where farmers offer a variety of organic produce.
When Boyle Heights Beat visited the Boyle Heights Farmers’ Market in Spring 2011 28 vendors were offering prepared foods and assorted fruits and vegetables. On a Friday afternoon this spring, there were only nine vendors, and most were selling makeup, clothing and other non-edible merchandise.
Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”