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Friday Farmers Market returns to Hermosa Beach

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The Hermosa Beach Friday’s Market is a favorite, healthy hangout for Hermosa Beach school kids. This photo was taken pre pandemic. Photo by Kevin Cody

by Ryan McDonald

The Hermosa Rotary Farmers Market reopened  Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at its usual location on the corner of 11th Street and Valley Drive, near Clark Field. Like many farmers markets around the country, the Rotary market was shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health eventually allowed them to reopen with restrictions, and some, like the farmer’s market in neighboring Manhattan Beach, have been open for months. But others have not, citing difficulties in making the markets financially viable without prepared food vendors, which had faced different restrictions. (Last month, the public health department changed its rules to allow vendors to sell prepared food if it was pre-packaged.) Earlier this year, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce announced that the farmers market it ran on Wednesdays on Pier Plaza would close permanently. The Rotary Club had endured similar difficulties, but recently found a new market manager, and has worked with the public health department to develop rules for safely operating the farmer’s market, City Manager Suja Lowenthal said at a City Council meeting Tuesday. The Farmer’s Market’s website currently lists some two dozen vendors who are expected to be present, including sellers of fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, nut butters, packaged tamales and, of course, Kettle corn. ER

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