Long Beach definitely offers its citizens a variety of ways to support “green” living. Whether it’s that our local Port has made huge strides with their Green Port initiatives or the fact that the city has passed a local ordinance against those amoeba-like plastic bags, this town is anything but brown. And more proof of all things green – or red, orange, yellow, blue, and, yes, even purple – becomes more evident with a visit to one of several neighborhood farmers’ markets.
Berries, melons, and peaches, oh my! You know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve been down to your local farmers’ markets this summer. And if you haven’t, well then, what are you waiting for?!
I can’t remember peaches being this ready this early in the summer, and we’ve been taking advantage of this season’s harvest for a few weeks now. Strawberries are also still in full-swing, which seems kind of late, but again, we’ll take it!
Lee Ostendorf of Certified Farmers’ Markets, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, heads up two of our favorite local markets, Marine Stadium on Wednesday afternoons and Peter’s Landing Marina on Saturday mornings. T and I love dropping in at the Wednesday market in particular because of its lovely location right on the water and all of the open green space for the kids to run and play and for everyone to sit and picnic when in need of a snack (from where else, the market right on-site!). There’s really no better way to kill a summer afternoon by getting some errands done with some grocery shopping and then rewarding yourselves with a freshly cooked dinner al fresco… and that’s just where you can find us later today with our play group!
The Saturday market at Peter’s Landing shopping plaza in Sunset Beach (an unincorporated town located between Huntington Beach and Seal Beach) is something more of a local family festival, complete with a petting zoo, pony rides, and a full-blown craft market along with the usual farmers’ market offerings.
Some of Ostendorf’s other farmers’ market locations and days include Bixby Park on Tuesdays (an afternoon-evening market) and Historic Downtown San Pedro on Friday mornings; a full list of Ostendorf’s Local Harvest Farmers Markets can be found here.
For more information on selling at one of the Long Beach, Huntington Beach, or other surrounding area farmers’ markets, please contact Lee Ostendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562 449 9299. I’ve heard waiting lists can run up to a year-long for this group of markets, so call today to find out more about getting your business started sooner than later!
Buy and sell locally – and sustainably – RMT’ers!