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Veggies, Backyard Farmers, A Pizza Bus, Ice Cream & More: What's In Store at the New Altadena Farmers' Market

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Tomorrow marks the debut of the new Altadena Farmers' Market, and we've got the lowdown on which farmers and prepared food vendors you'll find there.

The new market will find Loma Alta Park packed with familiar names in the fresh and local food biz, but also some new additions on the scene, thanks in part to the Market's Assistant Secretary of Urban Farming, Elizabeth Bowman, who we're told helped get certification via the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner for a few backyard farmers who will be selling their fresh produce. Bowman's mission is to "harvest the city" and get area small-scale home farmers represented in the food community.

The Altadena Farmers' Market is managed by Joseph Shuldiner, who is director of the Institute for Domestic Technology, a Modern Home Ec University headquartered in Altadena, as well as a Master Food Preserver with the UC Cooperative Extension. Shuldiner is one of the original co-organizers of the Altadena Urban Farmers' Market in its previous incarnation.

There are some great farmers and vendors lined up, including SQIRL jams [LAist Story], Mother Moo Creamery (who helped us out with their pick for a Los Angeles-inspired ice cream flavor), the Fox Pizza Bus (a double decker bus that serves pizza!), fresh oysters, a pro knife sharpener, and of course some outstanding purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies.

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Here's who you'll find at the market, which runs Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

• The Garden of…- organic produce and flowers, Los Olivos
• Kenter Canyon Farms - Salad green mixes and herbs
• Suncoast Farms - Dried beans, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables.
• Elsers Country Farm - Organic family farm, Yucaipa
• Farquhar Farms - Family farm, Redlands
• Muir Ranch — John Muir High School garden, Pasadena
• Drake Family Farm — Farmstead goat cheese, Ontario
• Jubilee Farm — Berkshire Pork, Grass fed beef, chicken, turkey, eggs. Sacramento
• The Growing Home — Diamond Bar (sub)urban farmer
• Flora Ito's Garden - Glassell Park (sub)urban farmer
• Silver Lake Farms - Local (sub)urban flower grower, Silver Lake
• Etheridge Organics — Organic stone fruit, citrus, cherries, Dinuba
• Ellwood Canyon — Organic produce, Santa Barbara
• The City Farm — (sub)urban farmer Reies Flores, chicken and duck eggs, Glassell Park
• Whittier Backyard Farms — (sub)urban backyard greens, Whittier

Prepared Food Vendors:
• Big Mista' BBQ — Pulled Chicken & Pork, Brisket, Turkey Tri-Tip, Pastrami
• Plow & Gun Coffee — Hand-roasted drip coffee bar, coffee soda, Altadena
• Pine Street Products — Handmade soaps, Altadena (sub)urban farmer
• Molonay Tubilderborst— Wild-yeast artisanal breads, Downtown L.A.
• Sqirl Preserves- farm-centric artisinal jams, Silver Lake
• Deisy's Tasty Food — Salvadoran Pupusas made of thick, hand-made corn tortillas with fillings
• Beyond the Olive - California olive oils with a fill-it-yourself station
• Fox Pizza Bus — A double-decker London bus kitted out with a wood-fried pizza oven, Los Angeles
• Mother Moo - Organic Ice Cream, Sierra Madre
• Twist and Jar — Handmade wild-yeast pretzels and homemade mustard, Glendale
• Gary's Knife Sharpening — Expert knife and garden tool sharpening while you shop
• Shucked Oyster Bar — Fresh oysters, muscles, clams and prepared fish

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