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    Ventura County chef, farmers will help feed Special Olympics athletes, families

    Ventura County Star:  Ventura County flavors will be featured during a massive Picnic in the Park reception for 5,000 athletes, family members and guests attending the 2015 Special Olympics World Games this month in Los Angeles....

    Other participating chefs include Susan Feniger of Border Grill, Nick Shipp of Upper West, and Jason Prendergast of Tender Greens.

    Other participating farms include Weiser Family Farm, Tutti Frutti Farms, Coleman Family Farm, Windrose Farm, JJ.'s Lone Daughter Ranch, Drake Family Farm, Roan Mills, Peter Schaner Farm and Valdivia Farm.

    The chef-farmer pairing portion of the reception is being organized by Santa Monica Farmers Market. The event will be presented by the County of Los Angeles...Read more > > >


    Yahoo! Travel Selects Pacific Park As Best Amusement Park In California

    SM Mirror:  Yahoo! Travel has announced its “The Best Amusement Park in Every State” with Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier taking top honors in California.

    The two-acre amusement park with its 12 rides, 14 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and beachside retail shops was recognized as: “In a state so packed with great amusement parks, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier stands out for fun, atmosphere, and the sheer joy of playing on this famous landmark.” 

    To read more about this great accolade for Pacific Park, a Buy Local SM business + Most Loved SM 2015 Runner-Up!  > > >


    Faces of Silicon Beach: Million Maps App’s Matthew Gibbons

    SM Daily Press:  Matthew Gibbons founded Gibbons Media after working as a senior account executive at Striker Media Group for 10 years. Gibbons Media is now launching an app called Million Maps App. The app displays a map of Santa Monica in nine languages: English, French, Japanese, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, German, Korean and Spanish. Within the app you’ll receive a company’s coupon when you are within 200 meters of the company’s store.  (Note:  Gibbons Media is a Buy Local SM business!)  Read more > > >



    Most Loved Ways to Buy Local in Santa Monica

    Santa Monica Travel + Tourism:  Have you ever wanted to get the inside scope on Santa Monica straight from the locals, like who serves up the best cup of coffee or where the local surfers get their gear? Every February, Buy Local Santa Monica – a campaign created to support local businesses to raise awareness of the benefits of choosing local first – provides a breakdown of the best in Santa Monica hotels, shopping, dining and more voted on by residents, employees and visitors.

    Browse a list of some of the most loved Santa Monica businesses that the locals can’t live without and that you should definitely check out during your next visit! For a complete list of 2015 Most Loved businesses, visit More > > >


    Santa Monica Farmers Market Welcomes New Prepared Food Vendors

    The 2015 annual prepared food selection process for the Santa Monica Farmers Markets is complete!  Each year, one third of the vendor contracts expire and new and old vendors alike apply through a competitive bid process to participate in one of the four farmers markets. 

    The Santa Monica Farmers Markets are excited to announce the 2015 awardees who start at the markets this month! 

    Main Street Market:  Bean & Thyme (returning), Ca’D’Oro Bakery (returning), Bistro Laurent (returning)

    Downtown Wednesday:  Step Up on Second (returning)

    Pico Market:  Lo/Cal Café & Market (new), ZGarden (new)

    Downtown Saturday Market:  Frogs Bakery (new)

    Applicant selection includes five areas of evaluation; business location, ingredient sourcing, sustainability, experience and value.  For information about the application and selection process please visit the farmer’s market website