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South Pasadena Farmers Market

For the past 17 years, the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market, put on by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, has provided fresh produce and goods from local vendors to the community. If you’re looking for a new way to spend your Thursday evenings, check out the farmers’ market for a fun way to pass the time and to get healthy!

The South Pasadena Farmers’ Market takes place every Fall and Winter, regardless of the weather conditions (except on the Thanksgiving holiday). From 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, people come together to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as getting involved in the community through local nonprofits.

South Pasadena Farmers Market

Photo Credit: http://southpasadenafarmersmarket.org/photos/

The market is located on Meridian Ave and El Centro St in the historic area of South Pasadena. It is nearby the Metro Gold Line of the South Pasadena Station. Visitors may park for free in the school parking lot.

A few of the reasons to visit the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market include:

-Take home fresh, local, and organic produce from the South Central Farmers’ Cooperative to enjoy good health and tastier food

-Visit the Local Market Annex to check out products and services from local businesses

-LA Weekly named it the “Best Evening Farmers’ Market”

Farmers Market 2

Photo Credit: South Pasadena Farmers’ Market Facebook

-Visit the Community Corner, where local nonprofit organizations provide information on what they do and how you can help

-You can park for free in the school parking lot

-The market provides families with fresh produce through Nutritional Assistance Programs, including Cal Fresh (EBT), Senior Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program, and WIC (Women, Infants, Children)

Farmers Market

Photo Credit: South Pasadena Farmers’ Market Facebook

-Taste food from vendors, including vegan cheese from Blode Kuh and food from Carmela Ice Cream, Corn Maiden Tamales, Dave’s Gourmet Korean BBQ, and more. (See a list of farmers and vendors here.)

-Take part in free public Events. Past examples include the Holiday Tree Lighting, Safety Fair, Summer Celebration, Healthy Happy Halloween, Earth Day Celebration, and Bike Clinic

Have fun and enjoy the farmers’ market!

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The Colorful History of Highland Park

El Arroyo Seco

For thousands of years, the area now known as Highland Park was home to the Hahamog’na people.  The seasonal, 25-mile river flowing through the canyon was an abundant source of steelhead trout, as well as valuable medicinal plants.  When explorer Gapsar de Portola dubbed his discovery “the dry stream” in 1770, he had not yet experienced the flood season, hence the misnomer of Arroyo Seco. De Portola failed to note the Hahamog’na housing built up on high ridges along the canyon, a clear indication of the river’s potential.

Hahamog'na rendering

Rendering of the Hahamog’na people and arrival of the Spaniards

The Hahamog’na, a band of the greater Tongva nation, originally settled in the area for strategic reasons—the river led to a basin that served as trading post for tribes all along the San Gabriel Mountains. The arrival of De Portola and the Spaniards led to the Hahamog’nas forced assimilation, and they soon become known as los Gabrieliños.

Today, remains of the first Hahamog’na settlement, where Chief Hahamog’na and De Portola shared their first peace pipe, can be found at the edge of Millard Canyon at Hahamog’na Watershed and Archaeological Park.

The Transformation of Sycamore Grove

At the turn of the 20th century, the area we now call Highland Park was a seedy, police-infested swath that served as the area’s red light district. When the City of Los Angeles annexed the area in 1895, they had big plans to convert the land into LA’s first suburb. Though today’s Angelinos may not think “suburban” when they think of Highland Park, the city’s project was a huge success, and soon Highland Park was a destination neighborhood for middle class families. Sycamore Grove Park, for instance, the once-central meeting point for prostitutes and their clients, became a popular venue for big band concerts and annual State Picnics, held as reunions of sorts for those who had migrated from the Midwest.

Sycamore Grove Park

Recreation for all ages in Sycamore Grove Park

Hahamog'na Mural

Hahamog’na mural creation at the Glenmary Archway

Today, the park is still thriving as a family recreation hotspot, with modern upgrades like outdoor gym equipment. Across the street at Glenmary Archway, you can enjoy the Hahamog’na Mural for a reminder of Highland Park’s storied past.

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