Gardener Marta Teegen to open Cookbook, a greengrocer in Echo Park


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Marta Teegen--gardener, chef, teacher and author of the recently published book, ‘Homegrown: A Growing Guide for Creating a Cook’s Garden in Raised Beds, Containers, and Small Spaces,’--is opening a new co-op-style greengrocer in Echo Park.

The store will be called Cookbook and Teegen will operate it with partner and greengrocer veteran Robert Stelzner. The pair live together in the neighborhood. Their choice of space is prime for this type of endeavor as the shop is located along the stretch of Echo Park Avenue that is home to Chango coffeehouse and a magnet for an attractive bevy of broke artists, musicians and writers who can nonetheless afford iPhones and share an unflagging devotion to Vita Coco.


Cookbook will curate and sell a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs along with fresh-cut flowers and straightforward kitchen stock like organic milk, butter, eggs and bread. In addition, Teegen plans to stock some simple prepared foods and a variety of cookbooks as well as host classes, tastings and readings year round.

Los Angeles magazine reports that Cookbook ‘will operate a bit like a CSA, with subscribers funding the store’s day-to-day operations in exchange for store credit. A limited number of subscriptions are being offered on a first-come-first-serve basis over the next couple of weeks.’

--Jessica Gelt