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Seasonal market keeps spirits up

On Thursday nights in Downtown La Verne, local venders come together and set up booths on “D” Street for a community farmers market. At this booth, sophomore communications major Jessica Rivera, sophomore criminology major Ashley Harris and sophomore broadcasting major Emily Morrow ask about the price on an Alice in Wonderland painting. / photo by Ryan Gann

On Thursday nights in Downtown La Verne, local venders come together and set up booths on “D” Street for a community farmers market. At this booth, sophomore communications major Jessica Rivera, sophomore criminology major Ashley Harris and sophomore broadcasting major Emily Morrow ask about the price on an Alice in Wonderland painting. / photo by Ryan Gann

Ingrid Rodriguez
Staff Writer

Handmade designs and locally grown food add to the festivities of this season’s Farmer’s Market.

People from the La Verne community and surrounding areas join roughly 30 booths weekly at La Verne’s Family Festival and Farmer’s Market, now in its ninth year.

The Market is hosted by Family Festival Productions, Inc. and is held Thursdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on D Street between Second Street and Bonita Avenue.

“I like the fresh produce and the new stuff,” said Norma Jean of Upland, who attended the markey last Thursday.

The food section of the Farmer’s Market starts at Second Street, featuring fresh fruit and free samples of the ripe fruit.

There was a variety of prepared food to choose from as well, which included kettle corn, glazed almonds, pies, fruit, fudge, locally grown honey and food from Jake’s Roadhouse.

The Farmer’s Market also had a caricature artist and a henna tattoo booth. Henna is painted with a paste from the leaf Lawsonia inermis and was originally used by Hindus, Jews and Muslims as a decoration for a woman at her wedding or for festivals.

The Farmer’s Market also offered a station where patrons could donate blood.

Beyond Third Street last week, the market featured many different types of booths, including one selling like homemade dog treats, homemade clothing, oriental paintings, jewelry, fragrant crystals and perfume.

The first booth belonged to Veronica Gutierrez from Pomona who sold baby clothes and accessories from her Twisted Rattle collection.

“I started making them (in July of last year) when my daughter was born…I was inspired,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez hand makes most of the baby clothes but also irons adhesives or sews them onto some of the clothes.

“It’s a bunch of steps but it’s basically using fabric and adhesives,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez makes rompers, bibs, onesies, dresses and bows along with other baby clothing. Her sizes usually go up to 12 months.

Right next door to Gutierrez’s booth was University of La Verne’s alumna Jenny Davenport and her brother, Jonathan Davenport’s Headrest Pets and Pals.

The headrests vary between 10 different farm animals and they all have the same signature cloud as their snout.

“She’s always been into animals and me into cars,” Jonathan Davenport said.

They decided to come together on this project and the headrests have been a year in the making. They launched their website and received their merchandise about two weeks ago.

Across from Warehouse Pizza, Alex Lin and his family from Chino set up their booth for oriental paintings, which are done with water colors and drawn on paper that is mixed together with bamboo.

Lin’s father, Lin Maohui, has been doing the paintings for 20 years but only recently started selling them.

Lin said that his father was taught by a famous Chinese artist, who he met in Taiwan.

Lin Maohui mostly paints birds on trees or flowers and makes different sizes of paintings that range in price from $50 to $150.

Catching most of the children’s attention last Thursday were the pony rides, which were located at the very end of the Farmer’s Market on Bonita Avenue. There were four medium sized ponies and were all in between shades of brown and white. The Farmer’s Market will continue Thursday evenings through Sept. 27.

Ingrid Rodriguez can be reached at ingrid.rodriguez@laverne.edu.

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