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Urban Radish: Downtown Dwellers Getting Permanent Farm-Fresh Market

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It's been pretty much just known as the metal shed with the chipmunk mural, but by early 2013 it will be home to Urban Radish, a permanent community market in Downtown's Arts District.

While the neighborhood has just welcomed its first weekly farmers' market, downtowners will be able to hit up the Urban Radish, located across from The Biscuit Company and Toy Factory Lofts, for fresh, seasonal produce as well as meats, seafood, dairy, deli items, baked goods, and other food items. There will also be a seating area for eating on the spot.

The 8,200-square-foot market is owned by "farm-to-fork" advocates and Angelenos Keri Aivazis and Carolyn Paxton, who want to create a casual, community-oriented and sustainable shopping experience for locals, according to information provided by the offices of L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar. Paxton also told Blogdowntown she envisions locals shopping every couple of days, which is more like "the European way of cooking and eating."

Cool point about the Urban Radish parking lot: It will feature one of the largest electric car charging stations in the state.

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We asked Paxton if the chipmunk mural is staying on the shed exterior. Her reply: "Absolutely!"