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(LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2018) – Beginning Thursday, July 12, Union Station’s South Patio will be transformed into a bustling marketplace showcasing a diverse selection of SoCal’s farmers, artisans, crafters and culinary creations. The new Train-to-Table Farmers Market will serve as an idyllic location for lunchtime small bites and drop-in shopping in the heart of the iconic downtown landmark.

Playing to the strengths of the California climate, the historic South Patio opened in 1939 and was designed as a formal garden through which travelers (and often celebrities) exited the station. The expansive patio, featuring towering palm trees and an iconic 100-foot-tall clock tower, has evolved into a vibrant meeting place for Angelenos.

Union Station has partnered with California Certified Farmers Markets to bring the Train-to-Table Farmers Market at the historic venue, serving thousands of Metro travelers, downtown workers,
and residents every week.

Every Thursday from noon – 6 p.m. the market will feature a wide array of fresh, local fruits and vegetables as well as fresh-cut flowers, artisanal baked 
bread, roasted coffee, and a host of small bites for a mid-day snack or dinner on the commute home.

“We are thrilled to offer this unique shopping experience in one of the most historic locations in Los Angeles,” said Ken Pratt, Deputy Executive Officer Real Estate, Union Station Operations, 
and Management. “Union Station has emerged as the gateway to the extraordinary renaissance in downtown Los Angeles, and the launch of the Train-to-Table Farmers Market is aligned with our ongoing efforts to deliver distinctive, new experiences in this remarkable public space.”

Jennifer McColm, F
ounder of CCFM, said, “I am so happy to be working with Ken and his team at Union Station. “I couldn’t imagine a more idyllic setting for a market.”

The Train-to-Table Farmers Market is part of Union Station’s diverse lineup of unique events, festivals, thought-provoking cultural programs and live music throughout the year. For more information on programs at Union Station, visit

About Union Station

Built in 1939, Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the station’s signature Spanish Colonial Revival style with Streamline Moderne and Art Deco details makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems. Today the station has evolved into a vibrant transportation center serving 100,000 passengers daily. Union Station is currently in the planning phase of a new passenger concourse and improved rail yard that will enable it to better handle the growing number of transit riders, accommodate high-speed rail, and serve as one of L.A.’s premier public spaces while protecting the historic core of the station. For more information, visit Connect with Union Station on Twitter, Facebook 
and Instagram.