Glendale Market Gets a Fresh Face

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Alin Boughousi

ORGANIC FOODS: The new Glendale Farmer’s Market features locally grown organic fruits and vegetables as well as arts and crafts.

Alin Boughousi, Staff Writer

The Glendale Farmer’s Market moved to a new location in January, where shoppers can take in the aroma of fresh bread and locally grown fruits as they bask in the sunlight. Certified organic farmers sell fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, as well as prepared foods. Artisans vend their crafts like jewelry, soap and lotions.

The new location is at the First Baptist Church parking lot, on Maryland Avenu+e between California and Wilson avenues. The turnout at the market is slowly but steadily growing into a small community. Carole Gallegos, one of the organizers at the new farmer’s market, is happy with the move.

“The city didn’t want the farmer’s market on Brand Boulevard anymore because of traffic hazards and pedestrian issues,” said Gallegos. “The previous location was too tight and crowded.”

According to Gallegos, the location is better and has more room, however, she feels that it is less visible to the general public, making it more difficult to bring more people to the market.

The new location is very spacious compared to the previous spot. It’s not as tight and it’s easily movable. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Carissa Couch, a vendor who sells home-made jams, thinks the new location differs significantly.

“I feel like it’s been a little slow, but it’ll pick up in the summer,” she said.

Heather Vallesa brings her kids to the market with her.

“I want my kids to be able to see where their food comes from and meet the people who grew it,” said Vallesa. “I like to support local businesses.”

Underwood Family Farms, a vendor new to this farmer’s market, offers a loyalty program for shoppers.

“We’re passing out frequent [customers] cards so we can get people coming in every Thursday to shop,” said Juan Munoz, a vendor for Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark.

Many customers shop at farmer’s market because the food is organic and they can see first-hand where their food comes from. One example is market-goer Danniele Gettis, who shops for that reason alone.

“There’s no genetically modified organisms, so we know what we put in our bodies,” Gettis said.

C.C. Cooper loves to shop at the farmer’s market as well.

“It’s easy and bright and everything looks good and fresh,” Cooper said.

The market is open every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more information go to www.downtownglendale.com/dgmarket