Tamale shop offers fresh produce to help local farmers

LOS ANGELES -- Magaly's Tamales and Mexican Grill has been a staple of the community for over 12 years, and during the pandemic, the shop has made changes to help their community.

"My entire life I've lived in San Fernando, grew up in San Fernando and I continue to live in San Fernando," said Magaly Colelli, owner of Magaly's Tamales.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Magaly's expanded to give the community more access to fresh produce.

"The farmer's markets had to close because they were unsafe. So G Farms pretty much was set up with all this merchandise that they had just picked, and they had nowhere to sell it. I have a patio, I have open windows, and I told them, 'Hey, why don't you come and sell here?'" said Colelli.

In turn, the spot has continued selling fresh produce for the community along with their signature tamales.

Customers can watch the signature tamales being made through a window while they wait for their food.

"The minute they say tamales, it's always, you know, you gotta go to Magaly's Tamales," said Edgar Caldera, a loyal customer since the restaurant opened.