Farmer’s Kitchen opens in Hollywood

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If your reaction to all that fresh produce for sale at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market is that you just wish someone else would cook it for you, you’re in luck. The Farmer’s Kitchen opened Sunday, and will do just that.

Customers wandered in Sunday, trying the menu of grilled polenta, sauteed greens, eggs and fruit compote. A full plate was $8. Television personality Huell Howser was among those who came for the cafe’s ‘soft opening.’ There was no sign out front, just fliers at the market information table.


For now, the hours are Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cafe has been in the works for years, and is run by the same nonprofit that runs the market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles. In addition to serving meals, customers can buy dried fruit, vinegar and other products made by the market’s farmers. The cafe also will be the site of job-training and nutrition education programs.

-- Mary MacVean