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Compton’s Prosperity Market promotes Black small business owners, chefs and farmers from across Southern California [Video]

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COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) — A pop-up farmers market in Compton has been thriving as it accomplishes its goal of promoting Black small business owners and healthier food options for the local community.

Founded in 2020 during the pandemic by co-owners Kara Still and Carmen Dianne, Prosperity Market has become a staple the Compton community.

“We were seeing black businesses close, and what is more essential than food?” said Dianne. “We thought we’ll have a Black owned farmers market, and we’ll travel around so that everybody can bring healthy affordable food into communities that don’t have grocery stores or alternatives.”

“This is a place that you can get nourished on many levels. Prosperity Market is always a vibe,” Still said.

One of the farmers benefiting from Prosperity Market is Ken Sparks, who is a professional organic farmer and consultant whose “food forest” thrives 90 miles south of Los Angeles.

“Being a black farmer is very …

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