You may know it as a large expanse of concrete in the heart of the Arts District.
You may know it as the home of the weekly Sunday market, Smorgasburg.
But before the sun has even risen, the 7th Street Produce Market is bustling six days a week with hundreds of workers that comprise a cornerstone of our community.
First known as the LA Terminal Market, the space was built from 1917 to 1923 along the Southern Pacific Railroad. 100 years later, the produce market is just as vital of a hub, continuing to supply our region (and Smorgasburg vendors) with the most necessary of services.
Much has changed and much has stayed the same; the market has traded horse-drawn buggies for trucks, but the community at the heart of it all remains just as tight-knit. When it opened, it was second-largest in the world and some families have been in the business for generations. This year, we’re celebrating the 85 vendors and a century of rich history at the Produce Market. Meet the many faces of the 7th Street Produce Market below, captured by LA-based photographer, Bennet Perez.