Altadena, CA

Altadena Farmer's Market raising the community's profile

Don Simkovich

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A community event raising Altadena's profile;Altadena Farmer's Market

The Altadena Farmer’s Market returns in-person Wednesday July 13 from 4pm to 7pm at Loma Alta Park, 600 W. Palm Street.

Pre-orders are accepted through www.AFM-Subscription.com.

DJ Garfield Adams will be playing music with local vendors on hand.

Residents are also invited to bring their goods for a community yard sale, to trade, and for the buy nothing event.

The owner-operator of the Altadena Farmer’s Market, Stacey Whitney, told me via email that the gathering “values both the support of local business and community unity. We also understand that community wellness is improved when we’re able to socialize.”

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Stacy Whitney, owner-operator Altadena Farmer's Market;Stacy Whitney

Altadena is one of the unincorporated areas of LA County with 42,846 residents in the 2020 census, running east-west in the foothills above Pasadena.

The farmer’s market along with the Mariposa Junction events in 2022 is raising the profile of the community and local businesses.

Recent activities have brought several Altadena organizations together like the Altadena Library, the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, Altadena Safe Streets, Amigos de los Rios and the farmer’s market.

Whitney says the result is a benefit for “economic wellness” and also provides “educational opportunities regarding health and safety.”

The next scheduled markets will run 4pm to 7pm on Wednesdays during:

  • July 20
  • July 27
  • Aug 3

The Altadena Farmer’s Market has been operating for over 10 years, but Stacy Whitney acquired it in 2019 with the goal of “making it more inclusive of the surrounding community.” She says in a Kiva profile written for crowdsourcing that she grew up in Altadena and “my mother and grandmother taught me the importance of eating and growing my own food.”

She considers this a way to give back to the community.

Altadena is about 14 miles from downtown LA and has several trailheads from Eaton Canyon, west to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory allowing access to hiking in the Angeles National Forest.

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