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By Scott Fields

Published Jul 1, 2010 9:04 AM


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Photo by Janet Park.

If you're into good taste, good health, good vibes and a good planet, it's time to visit the Westwood Village Farmers' Market, Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Broxton Avenue. With 20 vendors, it may not be the most sizeable street market in town, but it's one of the most eclectic.

"We have limited space, so we have to pick and choose vendors," says assistant manager Evelin Tamayo.

Whether it's citrus from Fresno or blackberries from the Central Coast, all market produce is certified as California-grown and supplied directly from the producer. On one, a 10-acre farm in Oxnard, "We employ 10 fruit pickers and I pick the avocados myself," says vendor Maryellen Martinez.

But there's more than fruits and vegetables. At her Earth Caring for Art booth, designer Evelin Gonzalez displays her line of greeting cards and envelopes made from recycled books, calendars and magazines.

Down the street, Sonam Dolma sells chemical-free incense from her native Tibet, as well as rings and earrings she fashions out of recycled scrap silver.

At his stall, Pietro Manca offers body washes, organic soap bars and lotions made from pesticide-free ingredients grown in small villages at high elevations in the Italian Alps.

And at the Honey Pacifica stand, Mario Ramos sells sticks of honey from chemical-free bee farms in Boca Canyon, as well as from 800 hives maintained at the Seal Beach Wildlife Preserve.

"Over the years, it's been a strange journey for the market," says Steve Whipple, manager of the market, who was assistant manager for its popular and long-running predecessor on Thursday afternoons. "It can't be a huge festival like [the former destination at Weyburn and Glendon], but piece by piece, we're trying to put together the market that UCLA and the village need."

Westwood Village Certified Farmers' Market. Broxton Avenue. Every Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 310-430-2919 or visit www.destinationgreenevents.com/wwvfm.

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