The Arts District Farmers Market has long been held on Thursday afternoons, but crowds were not always as large as hoped, and community outreach by its organizer, the nonprofit Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association, revealed that many people found it difficult to visit during the workday.
So starting Sept. 10, the market has moved to Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
That’s not the only change, as with the new date and time comes a major expansion of the offerings at the intersection of Traction Avenue and Third Street.
LARABA has teamed up with the flea market event Artist & Fleas to offer both food and a melange of vintage clothing, decor and more. The Arts District Farmers Market had around 20 vendors in the past; the collaboration is bringing together more than 40 Artist & Fleas vendors with 25-plus farmers market stalls offering vegetables, fruits, prepared foods and more.
The expansion is shutting down parts of Third and Rose streets, creating a more pedestrian-friendly market.
It comes as the area’s residential scene is expanding, creating more potential market patrons — the 320-apartment Garey Building opened in July.