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An Early Morning Look at LA's Wholesale Produce Market

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You’d be hard-pressed to argue against New York being ‘the city that never sleeps’. Just don’t bring that attitude to downtown Los Angeles at 4:30am. Here, at the LA wholesale produce market, deals are struck and days are made well before that notorious Southern California sun has had a chance to rise.

Like every other community in Los Angeles county, the LA wholesale produce market seems content to grow out and not up. What began as a single building near Central and Olympic (not far from the rail yards, of course) has since blossomed into a series of low-rising rectangles, each a few hundred feet long and open to cement docks on both sides. Within the perimeter, a few hundred workers are unloading millions of boxes of produce per year to Southern California’s grocery chains, storefronts, and local restaurants. In no uncertain terms, the LA wholesale produce market feeds us. Every day.