I've been wishing for a while now that Granada Hills would have a farmer's market we could call our very own, and now we will!
This Friday evening, from 5-9pm at the Granada Hills Masonic Center on Rinaldi (near Hayvenhurst), the Granada Hills Farmer's Market will have its debut. And unlike the April-October market at the Northridge Fashion Center, market manager Ric Alfafara plans to make this a year-round Friday night event.
Alfafara, who also co-manages the Van Nuys and Sylmar Farmer's Markets, says, "Everybody's been talking about it, friends who live in Granada Hills have been saying we need a market out here. And so I talked to the Freemasons (who sponsor the market), and they said that they want to get involved with the community, they want to get the community up and strong.
"It's a certified farmers market, and a family festival too. We'll have jumpers, kids' rides, entertainment," Alfafara said.
In addition to farmers from outlying areas, 17 food booths will sell a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranean, you buy/we fry fish, hamburters, and the de rigueur kettle corn. Twelve booths will feature dessert items -- pastries, crepes, funnel cake, yogurt, and donuts made fresh on site.
All of the market's produce will be organic and in-season, Alfafara said, and among the offerings will be specialty honeys harvested by a Tujunga beekeeper, fair trade organic coffees from Aha Cafe, and organic produce, including tomatoes, corn, squash, and avocados.
"Almost everything in the market is going to be organic, from certified organic farmers," says Alfafara, "and it's a lot cheaper than the supermarket, because you're buying it right from the farmer, right off their truck."
Granada Hills Farmer's Market
Every Friday, 5-9pm
Granada Hills Masonic Center
16535 Rinaldi (at Hayvenhurst)