Love to stop by for fresh oysters, smoked ribs and a bottle of wine as a treat while picking up my weekly groceries. What a lovely place to shop.
Best Grocery for Saving the World in a Time-Efficient Manner - 2011
Fresco Community Market
So-called "conscious shoppers" — those who consider the impact of how their food is raised and processed — often are faced with multiple stops on grocery day. Depending upon where you live, you might have to swing by McCall's for meat, the local farmers market for vegetables, Gelson's for foreign foods and maybe Whole Foods for cheese. Pretty soon you've killed your whole day. Fresco Community Market in Highland Park, however, is a one-stop shop for all of your ethical-food needs. It boasts a large, organic-friendly produce department, knowledgeable butchers who can prepare your meat to order, and all sorts of exotic and fair-trade goods you won't easily find anywhere else. Even better, shopping doesn't feel like a chore. On weekends you'll be seduced by an open-fire BBQ in front of the building, for example, and the market even boasts an in-house bakery and coffee shop with Wi-Fi. 5914 Monterey Road, Highland Park. (323) 274-1040, frescomarkets.com.
Excellent market, tasty produce, unique items, nice environment. I enjoy shopping there. Did I mention nice people too?
Potential customers of this great entrepreneurial enterprise looking for it in "Highland Park" won't find it there, however. It's located in "Hermon" a distinct, 108-year old Los Angeles community that's across the Arroyo Seco Parkway from Highland Park, to the east.
The only thing Hermon shares with Highland Park is a Zip Code.
(In fact, if LA Weekly had even bothered to visit the store, they would have seen in BIG BOLD LETTERS, across the top of the store, next to "Fresco Community Market" - the words "Hermon Community" . . . DOH!)