Recently, Oak Park Sol held a free demonstration cooking class for the community. The goal was to build a healthy community and educate the public on healthy food.
Oak Park Farmers Market
“The purpose of the Oak Park Farmers Market is to provide a space for community members around Oak Park and within Oak Park to actually access healthy fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese,” said Joany Titherington, Oak Park Farmers Market Manager.
During the beginning of the day, a cooking demonstration was being held to show shoppers different dishes they could make with their farm-fresh ingredients.
Suburban Harvest had a booth selling vinegar, and The Drunken Loaf sold various types of bread. Heavy Dirt Farm had a vendor selling lettuces, strawberries, and herbs along with many other farmers, including RHJ Organics who offered strawberries as well.
“I am selling all sorts of mixed fruits and vegetables here at the Oak Park Farmers Market because I love the Oak Park community,” said Sarah McCamnan, a farmer with Heavy Dirt.
The market also had a live band playing at the festival, under a patio with tables to eat at. There were food stands to buy from as well as tables set up handing out pamphlets about other programs in the park.
The farmers market will be every Saturday until October, starting at 9:00 am and running until 12:00 pm. Different farmers come by every week to sell their produce offering different options to residents of the farm fresh foods this season.
On May 6th, the Oak Park Farmers Market opened for its first event of the year. People from all over gathered to enjoy the fruits and vegetables that were on sale and are locally sourced within 150 miles of Oak Park. In this video report, we see just what the farmers have brought us this season.
The Oak Park Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM at McClatchy Park through October. Check out their farm-to-fork quality food options, as well as the live entertainment and cooking demonstrations before the program ends for this year.
Every Saturday morning, from 9am to 1pm, local vendors gather at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market to provide fresh produce to community members. This video capture’s the Market’s essence and atmosphere, as well as highlighting thoughts of local residents.
On Saturday July 7th, I went to the Oak park Farmers market for the first time. It was at McClatchy Park, it was nice it had a great vibe, fresh vegetables, fruits and music. I never seen so many fresh grown fruits, I did some shopping and I was able to use my EBT Card. That was great, I had no idea they accepted EBT. I wanted to spend ten dollars out of my EBT card, so they gave me ten more dollars to spend at the farmers market. I got fresh peaches, cucumbers, strawberry’s, and tomatoes.
While I was walking around I saw that there was an ice cream stand and a man named Dave Feldpausch was selling homemade ice cream Popsicles. What made his ice cream so good was that it was made without dairy, his business card says “no fats, no drips, no dairy”. He told me his ice cream was made with real fruit. I got a strawberry ice cream and it was so delicious. I recommend everyone should try this guys ice cream, for more information go to, www.davepops.com. I asked some farmers where their food comes from and Certified Organic told me their food comes from Holister. It takes two hours for them to get to the Oak Park farmers market. Certified Organic is family owned. If they have any leftovers they sell it at another market the next day or they feed it to their goats. Another farmer I talked to was the people from Strawberry Patch, they are also family owned. They said it only takes them five minuets to get to the Oak Park Market. What ever is left over they make all the left over strawberry’s into jams and sell those.
After I was done shopping I got to speak to the manager of the farmers market, Joany Titherington. I met her a couple days before at the OPNA meeting on Thursday. She was really cool and down to earth, I asked her how long has the farmers market been going on in Oak Park. She told me it’s been around since 2010, this was their third year making the farmers market happen. In 2010 they started out in an empty lot on Broadway across from Old Soul. Joany does all the outreach herself, she goes to other farmers markets to see how they sell their stuff. She takes down peoples names and contact information. She also gets the County Add Certified Growers List from all different county’s from a one hundred fifty mile radius. She makes A LOT of phone calls, about three thousand five hundred phone calls to get people to come out and sell. Ten percent of the list was interested in going to the Farmers Market , the other percent only sold to grocery stores and the others only grew for seed for other farmers. In the next five years Joany would like to see more vendor’s, more site improvement’s and a permanent structure so they will never have to take everything down.
I hope this article will make people want to go to the Oak Park Farmers Market it is on Saturdays, 9am – 1pm
May 5, 2012 – October 27, 2012 at McClatchy Park at 35th ST. and 5th Ave
Joany Titherington on the right.
They take EBT! 🙂
Dave Feldpausch. “Dave Pops
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On Saturday, May 19, 2012 Teen Chefs from Sacramento Charter High School, Hiram Johnson High School, and Luther Burbank High School gathered at McClatchy Park to participate in a culinary competition. They are participants in Teen Battle Chef sponsored by HealthCorps, a nonprofit organization developed by Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa Oz, to teach students the importance of a healthy lifestyle based on sound mind, nutrition and exercise.
Recipes for the event were created by the teams to use and feature the fresh produce available at the Oak Park Farmers Market. Sacramento Celebrity Chef Randall Selland of Ella’s, The Kitchen and Selland’s met with the teams throughout the program and judged the finished products.
Hiram Johnson High School was coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Felix Martin. The Teen Battle Chef team included Hoai Nyguen, Jacqueline Martinez, Hnou Lee, Charlie Le, Farm Saelee, Stephanie Saelee. They won the Best Nutritional Value category for their ‘Egg Sandwich with Purple Basil’.
Sacramento Charter High was coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Jessica Steele. Their team included Susan Vong, Jonique Spann, Keandra Williams, Lyric Roberson, Nataki Lester and Malaysia Walters. The walked away with the award for Presentation for ‘Crepes: Savory & Sweet’.
Sarahi Banales, Rocio Hurtado, Daniel Flores, Rocio Perez, Raquel Perez, and Gabe Sanchez represented Luther Burbank High School and were coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Chloma Enweasor. They won the ‘Taste’ category with ‘Shrimp Taco with Strawberry/apricot Salsa’.
“Teen Battle Chef is run as an afterschool program,” according to Jessica Steele, HealthCorps coordinator for Sacramento Charter High. “We cook healthy recipes and have a different country as our theme each week.” The program was started by FamilyCook Productions as a curriculum designed to teach students leadership and teamwork through nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and trying many different kinds of foods to develop cultural appreciation and understanding. Dr. Oz’s Nonprofit organization, HealthCorps, is helping to expand the program that now serves 53 high schools in 13 states, including 14 in California.
Interested in getting Teen Battle Chef for your High School? Go to http://www.healthcorps.org for more information.