Street art and artists continue to attract crowds

BERKELEY, Calif — A new focus on original artwork has brought exclusive talent to the vending community here along Telegraph Avenue. A collage of uncommon handmade products displayed by freelance artists made from the community’s diverse culture is shared with both residents and visitors alike.  Kelly Ann Shull, an artist who sets up shop on…

The Berkeley way: no waste

When you hear the words “Farmers’ Market,” you may automatically think organic, fresh and healthy. But the Berkeley Farmers’ Market — three times a week at various locations year-round — sells not only organic and pesticide-free produce but also soup, kettle corn, gelato and coffee.  The Ecology Center has operated the markets since 1987. Theirs…

Chapel extends an empathetic hand

BERKELEY, Calif. ― The University Lutheran Chapel works with many immigration advocates, including the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity Program, to create a safe, comforting environment for those enduring hardships because of their immigration status. Congregation members Daniel Becker, Locke Schultz Jaeger and Judy Timmel talked with the Teen Observer staffers recently about the church’s…

Vendors, customers embrace sustainability goal

BERKELEY, Calif. — Ugly fruit or imperfect fruit can be a surprising, unique way to create a more sustainable environment. Vendor Danielle Byers, CEO of the Rare Barrel and a regular vendor at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market, uses deformed fruit products to make beer. “When making our products, we try and use imperfect produce.…

Locals fill Center Street for Berkeley’s gem

BERKELEY, Calif. — From Arrous Lambert Douglas, who sells the Street Spirit newspaper for $2, to Priscilla Lucero, who sells strawberries and tomatoes from her family farm, to Eli Deyoe, who plays guitar for the people perusing the market’s many offerings, the Berkeley Saturday Farmers’ Market attracts “all walks of life,” said Marcel Ramos, who…

Customers, vendors try to make a difference

BERKELEY, Calif. — “I come every week, rain or shine,” says Willy Halmon, a regular at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Riverdog Farm and Blue Heron Farms are frequent stops of his, and they are among Halmon’s favorite stands. Halmon, now retired, has spent the last 20 years in North Berkeley enjoying the city and the…

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a Kite Festival!

BERKELEY, Calif. — Kites aren’t just for kids anymore, and there were thousands of people there to attest to that at this city’s annual festival. Mark Baker, who has participated in the festival for the last 12 years, said he has been making kites with his brother since he was a kid. The two took…

Stunt kites dance, swerve spin

BERKELEY, Calif. — During the annual Kite Festival and Competition of 2019, thousands of families and kite enthusiasts traveled to Cesar E. Chavez Park to view and fly kites in the windy hills overlooking the Marina. Hundreds of kites of all shapes, sizes and colors could be seen flying on that day. Although most kites…

Activism, health-friendly shopping merge in Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — This college town is sometimes in the news for gang violence and homelessness. But as proven in local farmers’ market, it is also a diverse city of citizens dedicated to maintaining the city they love.   “It’s politically activated. There’s always something going on. I might not always agree with it, but it’s…

Market builds community on the street

BERKELEY, Calif. — It is a busy, bustling Saturday morning at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Trini Campbell, co-owner and operator of Riverdog Farm, is sorting tomatoes, casually chatting with customers and advising them on the best potatoes for roasting. She says that many of her customers have raised their kids on her food. After…