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L.A. Loves Fruits and Veggies

While something as commonplace as fresh fruit and vegetables seems too ordinary and mundane to spend a day celebrating, let alone an entire month -- it'd almost be like saying, "June is Getting Stuck in Traffic on The 101 Month" -- if you think about it a bit, eating a fresh piece of fruit or a crisp vegetable might be a little more unique that you'd think. Reflect back on your last few meals. When was the last time you chowed down on an apple, or an orange, or chard, or a carrot, something that wasn't included in some kind of flash-frozen meal? Hopefully if you're reading this blog, it wasn't that long ago. But still, probably a bit too far in the past than you'd care to admit. So today, to celebrate Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, here's a gallery of some local places where you can get your fresh produce and begin filling in some of those somewhat-neglected parts of the food pyramid.

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The display at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. by Flickr user LWY.
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A fruit display in L.A.'s Chinatown by Flickr user jasonippolito.
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Cherries at the Encino Farmers' Market by Flickr user dichohecho.
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Fruits and veggies from L.A.'s original Farmer's Market by Flickr user lachshand.
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Whole lot of chard from the Encino Farmer's Market by Flickr user lachshand.
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Some baby purple artichokes from the Hollywood Farmers' Market by Flickr user ExperienceLA.
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Fresh strawberries from the Atwater Village Farmer's Market by Flickr user djjewelz.
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Snap peas from the Atwater Village Farmer's Market by Flickr user djjewelz.
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Whole bunch of veggies from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market by Flickr user Christi Nielsen.
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Tomatoes from the Hollywood Farmers' Market.