As COVID-19 cases reach nearly 2.5 million total cases due to the rise of the Omicron variant, the Studio City Farmers Market remains open while enforcing community health guidelines. The Farmers Market was established in 1998 and is open Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ventura Place.
The Studio City Farmers Market facilitates an outdoor space for many fresh produce vendors, specialty food purveyors, and home-made makers to sell their wares and publicize their small businesses and farms.
While many like to shop at the market for guaranteed fresh produce and homemade produce, local cheese vendor Jeremy Fattorusso said being flexible during this time is something all vendors have had to get used to. cause of the increase in COVID-19 cases.
“Throughout the different restrictions, we had to be flexible because they were pulling samples and stuff like that,” Fattorusso said. “I noticed a few farmers and different vendors who just stopped showing up, and sometimes that happens because of their seasons and their crops. But it seems like it was definitely not worth their time anymore.
Unlike Fattorusso, a fruit seller, Oscar Diaz said the pandemic has repopularized his stand, as many were eager to shop at the Farmers Market again.
“[Shoppers] see the difference between us and regular [markets] when they receive [stale] stuff from a regular grocery store,” Diaz said. “Customers therefore regularly return to the markets to buy fresh produce. They pay a little more, but that makes a difference in the flavors of the fruit.
Farmers’ Market boss Hannah Carbunaru ’24 said she appreciates the market being open as the weather warms.
“I’ve been stuck in my house for so long, it’s nice to be outside and see people,” Carbunaru said. “I’m especially happy that the weather is getting nicer and sunny, because then I can be outside and not be cold.”
Likewise, local florist Allison Venegas noticed more shoppers eager to shop after the market reopened. Venegas said his company’s sales have increased during the pandemic.
“I feel like it’s actually [affected] the Farmers Market positively because sales have increased for farmers,” Venegas said. “I think it’s because people [feel more comfortable] be outdoors rather than indoors.