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Farm Fresh Delicacies

If you’re looking for fresh food and locally grown produce at a decent price to make homemade holiday meals this season, try looking at Farmers’ Markets rather than the grocery store. Here are three local Pasadena Farmers’ Markets you will be sure to love.


Old Pasadena Farmers’ Market

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday morning browsing a portion of East Holly Street that is filled with vendors and stands that bring this market to life. While listening to live music, you can decide which fresh fruits and vegetables you want to take home from R.S. Farms and Gaytan Farms’ assortment. If hunger strikes during your visit, there are food vendors like CHZ Steaks and Walrus and Hedgehog to satisfy any craving you have. Pre-packaged food vendors are also there, like France Bakery, Mom’s Specialty Foods, and Sola Foods (which is a standout). The best part of Old Pasadena Farmers’ Market is that it has a healthy mix of produce, packaged foods, and prepared foods.


Victory Park Farmers’ Market

This market is the produce gold mine. If offers an array of produce, pre-packaged foods, flowers, and seafood on display. It’s the perfect Saturday morning stop to start off your day. Domenico’s Foods sells handmade pasta and offers a real Italian delicacy, squid ink pasta. You can find locally grown, affordable flowers at Myriad Flowers International. All things made from beeswax can be found at Bill’s Bees and fresh breads are located at Old Town Baking Company. Amongst all this, don’t forget about the produce that really shines at this market. You won’t be disappointed with any of the growers, but one highly recommended stop is the Underwood Family Farms, that carries it all. For delicious pre-packaged foods, head over to the Pasadena Sandwich Company on Sierra Madre Villa Avenue for a deli-style sandwich.


Villa Parke Center Farmers’ Market

For your weekly essentials stop by this Tuesday morning market for fresh produce. This market is the smallest of the three, but makes up for it with its high quality produce and community charm. If you’re in a rush, this is a great stop to quickly grab a few produce essentials. Gamma Farms and Bonilla Farms have a range of locally grown vegetables. Pre-packaged and prepared foods are not a common find at this market, because it specializes in farm fresh goodness. This market is ideal for local people who are in the immediate area.

Images provided by Sara Smola

– Caitlin Pallotta


5 Events helping Spread the Holiday Cheer this Thanksgiving Day

It’s that time again to bring out the Turkey and holiday cheer! May you have many reasons for love, laughter, and joy this Thanksgiving holiday! Around this time of year it’s a great time to extend a helping hand to those in need as well. We’ve tracked down a few events for you to give back in this joyful and festive holiday.

1. Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive

Family, friends, turkey, pie, and food, food, food! Thats what Thanksgiving night is all about so come work up your appetite and join in on all the action before all the festivities begin! The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge invites you to join them on their 21st annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Run and Food Drive. This Thanksgiving event has been a local tradition and a community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types! Please bring only non-perishable food items for donations.

5K Regular: $35 (Before Tuesday November 25th)
5K On-Site: $40 (Cash & Checks Only)
Kids 1 Mile Regular: $15 (Before Tuesday November 25th)
Kids 1 Mile On-Site: $20 (Cash & Checks Only)

Thursday November 27th 2014
Registration starts at 7:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Park in La Canada Flintridge
1301 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011.


2. Giving Back For All We Have Received

Everyone deserves to enjoy a plentiful feast of good food, family, and friends! Join Jacobs Deliverance Foundation Corporation in providing Thanksgiving meals to Veterans, Families in need and local Homeless. Lend a helping hand, provide a meal for someone in need, and help fill a turkey basket -Lets come together and give back for all we receive.

Meal ticket Donation: $5
Wednesday November 26th 2014
12pm (noon)
Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103.

3. Join the The Pasadena Senior Center for another year of its Thanksgiving tradition providing beautifully decorated tables, and a delicious Thanksgiving meal specially prepared by Chef Vince -all the holiday favorites; roasted Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, salad and more! Cooking and clean up is all taken care of, simply join us for an evening of thanks!

Thursday November 27th 2014
85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103
12 p.m.


4. Tofurkey Trot

Spread the peace! Turkeys need love and peace too! Join us at the Tofurky Trot Run, designed to support both the health and vitality of local communities and raise money for local groups supporting plant based diets. The 5k run, trot, or walk is open to all levels of physical fitness.  It’s a great day to enjoy the company of fellow plant eaters and highlight the benefits of plant based diets on this largely carnivorous holiday. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable, vegan, and other food items and their furry animal companions!

$25 Pre-Registration
$30 On-Site Registration

November 27th 2014
9:00 Start time
Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Lot K, Pasadena, CA


5. Union Station Homeless Services’ Annual Dinners-in-the-Park

The best way to give thanks is to give back. For more than 40 years, community volunteers who are hungry to help have helped Union Station Homeless Services serve thousands of free meals to homeless and low-income adults and families, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford a holiday meal.

Volunteer registration for Thanksgiving is now closed, but the agency is still in need of non-perishable food donations. A Wish List of much needed items can be found at http://unionstationhs.org/?p=3570.The community is invited to drop off these supplies (in the indicated sizes) at 412 S. Raymond.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Health Department regulations, Union Station Homeless Services is no longer able to accept turkey or prepared food donations at the event.

Volunteer Suggested Donation: $10
Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014.
Noon start time
Central Park, Pasadena
Corner of Del Mar Blvd. and Fair Oaks Avenue


Stephanie Hurtado and Jose Florentino

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

Celebrate the Season with a Los Altos Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Is your Thanksgiving dinner missing that perfect centerpiece? Then come help support Los Altos Auxillary and get something that benefits everybody!

 Members of Los Altos Auxiliary are creating beautiful handcrafted floral centerpieces in autumn colors, which are available for purchase this Thanksgiving holiday. All proceeds from the centerpiece sales benefit the boys, ages 6-18, who reside at the Hathaway-Sycamores’ residential treatment facility in Altadena. 

“Our popular Thanksgiving Centerpieces are a wonderful way to support the children served by Hathaway-Sycamores.” The Harvest-styled centerpiece is a fresh fall look.  It is created witht the colors of autumn and comes in an attractive ceramic container.  It measures approximately 16″ by 13″. Centerpieces are $75.00 each and orders need to be received by November 14th for delivery on November 24th to homes in La Canada, La Crescenta, Pasadena, San Marino, South Pasadena, Altadena, Glendale, Tujunga, and Sunland. For orders outside the delivery area, they can be picked up at Hathaway-Sycamores’ headquarters office in Pasadena on November 25th and 26th from 9am to 5pm. Quantities are limited and orders will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Los Altos Auxiliary is dedicated to supporting the boys at the El Nido campus of Hathaway-Sycamores. Nestled in the hills of Altadena, California, this residential facility provides special education and critical mental health services in an environment that fosters healing and individual growth. They are located in the foothill area north of Glendale, California and are all volunteers.

For questions, please contact: Sue Perry at (818) 790-2385 sueperr@earthlink.net or Carol De Fond at (818) 790-6243 caroldefond@sbcglobal.net

-Andrew Siribohdi

Photos courtesy of  www.losaltosauxiliary.org/centerpieces.