Market builds community

Berkeley, Calif. –– When customers step into the Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning, they embrace the bustling activity and purchase a variety of green vegetables, enjoy tangy Thai noodles or sample Italian delicacies. On the left and right are numerous stalls of bread and pastries, flowers and greenery and a mix of tantalizing aromas.…

Why are some vendors losing business?

BERKELEY, Calif. — The number of farmers’ markets has grown exponentially in the United States, with 8,727 markets listed on the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory. The Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market prides itself on its natural, organic, locally grown food. These small farmers do not condone to the harmful practices big businesses use to mass-produce…

How olive oil led to a lifelong friendship

BERKELEY, Calif.  — The Ecology Center Farmers’ Market here is not simply a source of food, beverages and more. This market has become the home to people from all around the world who explore the extent of produce and form new relationships with people within their community. With over 50 unique vendors, shoppers have been…

What it means to be a peach farmer

BERKELEY, Calif. — As you peruse down Center Street at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market, you are met with the welcoming feeling usually found in a local coffee shop or a hometown park. Making your way through the medley of colorful canopies, it is difficult not to notice the plethora of peaches. Although this is…

Family takes its fruit from the field to Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. —  “No spray, no pesticides, no chemicals,” Lisa Kashiwase proudly proclaims. Wearing a sun hat with a low brim, she deftly cuts peaches for samples — 13 varieties. Their peach farm, in Merced County, has been a family business for three generations. As she talked to us, her niece and son greeted the…

Community forms bonds within farmers’ market

BERKELEY Calif. — The downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market is an ongoing tradition within the small community. All around the neighborhood, people look forward to coming to see the vibrant colors, diverse group of people, different produce, street performers and most important, the relationships and friends they have made over the years. Anthony King, a spirited…