The South Pasadena Farmers’ Market Celebrates 13 Years.

Raffle Prizes, Live Music and Sew-Your-Own Grocery Bags Planned for the Thursday Market.

Special guests will be on hand to help celebrate the thirteenth year of the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market. On Thursday, July 12th certified famers and specialty food vendors will set up under the canopy of old oaks with hearty helpings of fresh and delicious California-grown produce — and they’ll be joined by a seamstress with a dozen century-old, hand-crank sewing machines, fabulous folk musicians, and a much-loved magician.

The celebration will feature some naturally fun activities and attractions to honor the success of the market, including a chance for visitors to make their own cloth grocery bags. There’s nothing greener than a cloth grocery bag that you’ve sewn yourself without any electricity! (Unless it’s one filled with fresh lettuce and cukes from the market). At the Sew Cranky tent near the Iron Works Museum there will be an impressive display of antique hand-crank sewing machines, all restored and operating. Sew Cranky will have “hands on history” projects for kids (accompanied by an adult) where they can make a handy “whatsinit” calico print bag. For a small fee to cover materials, there will be some easy to sew projects, including canvas grocery bags, “Handy” purse/bags made from recycled fabrics, “Portable Pockets”, Aprons, and more! Best of all, these lovely 100-year old hand-crank sewing machines are for sale!

The afternoon celebration at the market will include
live music, and guests can enter to win $50 in fresh
produce in a South Pasadena Farmers’ Market bag,
with no purchase necessary. For kids there will be a
fun “Market Sleuth Challenge” in which they will
scour the market for clues to correct answers, and
if they find them all, receive a reward.

Join us for some fun on the Thirteenth Anniversary Celebration!

Steve Friedman Remembers:
On that first day of our South Pasadena Farmers’ Market, we bought fresh stone fruit and local greens, and Ady (with big sister Elie watching covetously from below) had eyes only for the kettle corn. We’ve grown with our local farmers’ market. Our girls (now a SPHS senior and UC Davis junior, respectively) now appreciate fresh produce more than then — but they still love sugar.

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