We believe that knowing your farmer means knowing your food. We also want you to know the people who help produce each market week after week!
Here are the people you’ll see at our markets and the individuals who you may interact with over the web!
Mark Anderson, aka Farmer Mark | Founder
After a masters degree in finance and a career in investment banking, Farmer Mark stumbled upon a career in agriculture when his dot.com aspirations burst with the bubble in 2001. He spent the six years in the business of tomatoes, running a small farm in Ventura County using organic, hydroponic and conventional growing methods. An abundance of crops lead to selling in the local farmers' markets which led him to see a glaring need for a better run market – one that puts Farmers’ First. Mark then decided to create his own.
He now runs five certified farmers' markets throughout L.A. and the O.C. and the markets’ sister non-profit, Sprouts of Promise.
Emil DeRosa | Operations Manager
Aubrey Yarborough | Community Development Manager
Aubrey has worked in international humanitarian development and for many years ran her own organic farm. As Community Development Manager she’s combining her passions for local food and community building!
Stevie Eggert | Market Manager for Hermosa Beach + Westwood Village + Playa Vista
Stevie has followed his passion for sustainable food systems from UCLA to Australia, New Zealand and beyond. He was a cook in New Zealand and a baker in Arizona, before returning to his native California. When he’s not managing farmers’ markets, you can find Stevie working in his garden or brewing jun kombucha.
Martha Hall | Market Manger + Lead KidZone coordinator for Playa Vista
An educator with Food Forward, teaching 5th graders about food waste issues. During the summer months she runs a cooking camp for kids, and year-round she documents her home gardening adventures on Instagram @letsgetgrowing, follow along!
Mary Robertson | Market Manager for SoCo + Newport Beach
A yogi and foodie, Mary has owned and operated her own food business, Made Veg by Mary, which specialized in Vegan sweets & treats during her time on the East Coast. When she’s not at the Market, she’s out walking with her pug named Boo.
Brianna Grothe | Market Manager for Westwood Village + Playa Vista
Brianna has many passions in life, a few of them being raising chickens, growing as many veggies as possible and working towards sustainable food systems. For the past few year's she focused her time working in the non-profit sector helping homeless children and inner city youth gain access to a better education. Now she's taking her management skills, knowledge of sustainability and passion for fresh food to her role as a Market Manager for Sprouts of Promise.
Seasonal Interns: If you are interested in building your resume, email us to inquire about current opportunities.
Volunteer: It takes more time and effort to host a farmers’ market than you might think! Lend a hand during set-up, event planning/execution, documentation, or another task that compliments your interests! Email us to learn how you can help.